Last-gasp win over Kawasaki 'a proud night' for Melbourne Victory - Muscat

Last-gasp win over Kawasaki 'a proud night' for Melbourne Victory - Muscat
From ESPN - March 13, 2018

Melbourne Victory's AFC Champions League campaign is alive and kicking after Tuesday night's thrilling last-gasp win over reigning J.League champions Kawasaki Frontale.

With Victory third and the Japanese side last in Group F going into the match, both sides desperately chased the three points in an entertaining affair at AAMI Park.

A loss or even a draw would have made it tough for Kevin Muscat's men to advance past the group stage, but a Kosta Barbarouses strike in the 90th minute sealed a vital home win.

Despite the results, Victory remain third on goal difference with two matches remaining in the group stage.

But they have drawn level with second-placed Ulsan Hyundai on five points after the Koreans were defeated 1-0 by Chinese giants Shanghai SIPG, who top the group with 10 points and have already qualified for the knockout stage.

"It's a massive scalp for the football club, a massive scalp for Australian football and it's a proud night for us," Muscat said.

"To take four points off them over two games ... we are still well in the competition.

"We will go into the next game with something to play for."

Muscat's men travel to South Korea to play Ulsan before hosting Shanghai to round out the group stage.

Before the match, the coach promised to attack Kawasaki with a high-tempo strategy and his men delivered.


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