It was a tough night in Korea as Melbourne Victory took on Jeonbuk Motors on Tuesday night, with a loss ending both teams’ chances, both teams seemed content with a scoreless draw.
Victory may well have had one eye on their A-League Semi-Final against Brisbane Roar on Sunday night as they made a number of changes and seemed somewhat disinterested in the Champions League match despite a win guaranteeing them passage to the Round of 16.
Jeonbuk were comfortable with the score line, as a point was enough to send them through to the next stage ahead of Victory, and as such their main goal was to not concede.
Both sides struggled to maintain possession as the ball was traded between the teams in the opening stages throughout midfield.
Jeonbuk were the first team to take the initiative as he managed a shot in the 18th minute as Lee Seung-Ki shot from just outside the penalty area, taking advantage of a Jesse Makarounas hand over.
Just one minute later Jeonbuk had another chance as Leonardo made a run but sent his effort over the bar from close range before Leonardo made another run that allowed him to cross for Hyuk Jung who launched it well over the bar.
Victory struggled throughout the half and again it was Jeonbuk who had the final chance of the half, as Jung got the ball on the edge of the area which was saved by Nathan Coe to keep it scoreless at the break.
Just before half time Victory were forced to bring on Kosta Barbarouses and Jason Geria, having extra match time they didn’t need ahead of a big match on Sunday.
Leonardo was a dangerous threat for Jeonbuk and he had the first chance of the half as he was able to get in and send a pass across the face but Coe reacted quickly to keep it out.
In the 69th minute another injury made things hard again for Victory as Leijer’s limped off the field, bringing on Dylan Murnane at the back.
Victory were stern in the defense, stopping Jeonbuk, but they were not able to create very many chances, needing a win to advance, but they couldn’t attack, instead focusing on defense.
Archie Thompson had Victory’s only real chance as the ball was played to him, in an offside position, as he ran at the keeper but was denied as Sonn-Tae Kwon made a save, sending it over the bar.
That would be as good as it got for Melbourne Victory as they could only manage a scoreless draw, which was not enough to send them through.
The draw though, was enough for Jeonbuk as their goal difference was superior to the Australians, making it another failed Asian campaign for Victory.