Victory still undefeated in AFC Champions League after draw

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Melbourne Victory remain undefeated in the AFC Champions League after a drab 0-0 draw at AAMI Park on Tuesday night.

It was a rather stale start, which continued throughout the majority of the game, after seven minutes, almost a howler as Sin Se Gye’s back pass almost landed in the back of the net, fortunately for them No Dong-Geon cleared.

At the 20th minute Kosta Barbarouses’ corner found Daniel Georgievski whose flick at the near post forced a save from Dong-Geon.

Four minutes later a decent play from Jesse Makarounas played in Barbarouses with a low shot, however it evaded both Besart Berisha and Archie Thompson.

With eight minutes remaining in the first term a Barbarouses cross took a deflection and forced Dong-Geon to tip over the bar.

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Archie Thompson momentarily sent the fans into raptures after he headed it in from a Georgievski flick however replays showed he was clearly offside.

The shooting was poor, only one shot on target with 30 minutes remaining, it was reflective after a good cut in by Makarounas only with his shot to go high and wide.

In the final five minutes Barbarouses’ forced a save from Dong-Geong but it wasn’t enough and it capped off a goalless game that won’t live long in the memory.

MELBOURNE VICTORY: 1. VUKOVIC Danny, 2. GERIA Jason, 4. ANSELL Nick (80’ 15. GALLIFUOCO Giancarllo), 5. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel, 6. BROXHAM Leigh, 8. BERISHA Besart, 9. BARBAROUSES Kosta, 10. THOMPSON Archie (80’11. PAIN Connor), 16. MAHAZI Rashid, 17. DELPIERRE Matthieu, 22. MAKAROUNAS Jesse (80’ 13. BOZANIC Ollie)

SUWON BLUEWINGS FC: 1. NO Donggeon, 8. CHO WON Hee, 15. KU Jaryong, 17. KIM Jongwoo (79’ 28. MOON Junho), 18. KIM Jongmin, 19. JANG Hyunsoo (59’ 11. HYGOR), 20. BAEK Jihoon, 26. YEOM KI Hun, 27. SEONG Soo, 29. KWAK Hee Joo, 30, SIN SE Gye

ATTENDANCE: 7066

REFEREE: Muhammad Taqi

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Clement Tito
Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.