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Goal
90'
K. Barbarouses
Goal
90'
T. Antonis
Assist
80'
R. Williams
Yellow Card
79'
C. Theoharous
L. George
78'
H. Abe
A. Ienaga
74'
Eduardo
Yellow Card
70'
K. Athiu
B. Berisha
59'
Y. Kobayashi
K. Chinen
59'
J. Hope
S. Nigro
58'
K. Noborizato
T. Hasegawa
3
1
3
1

Stats

Possession
% %
9
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 4
Total Passes 444 478

Commentary

FULL-TIME: MELBOURNE VICTORY 1 - 0 KAWASAKI FRONTALE. The A-League side see off the J1 League champions with some late drama. This game could have been 2-2 or 3-3, but Barbarouses is the hero.  Kawasaki's campaign effectively ends with defeat here. 
The referee blows his whistle! 
90' + 1' There are three added minutes. 
Goal
90' MELBOURNE VICTORY GOAL. MELBOURNE VICTORY 1 - 0 KAWASAKI FRONTALE. A chipped ball into the box is chested down by Terry Antonis, who shepherds it into the path of Barbarouses.  He hits it low with his left foot, towards the near post, and this time the goalkeeper cannot do anything. Surely that is the winner?! 
K. Barbarouses
Goal
Melbourne Victory
90' Goal Kosta Barbarouses
T. Antonis
Assist
Melbourne Victory
90' Assist Terry Antonis
87' Troisi hangs up a corner at the back post which is met by the head of James Donachie, but his effort is just wide of the far post. The goalkeeper was stranded. 
82' After Antonis bursts on to the ball and see his charged down shot go wide for a corner, Broxham's headed attempt goes wide. Both sides are really going for it now. 
81' Victory break up the other end and a cross is almost put into the back of the net by a Kawasaki player, it flashes just wide. 
R. Williams
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
80' VICTORY YELLOW CARD Rhys Williams for a cynical foul near the touchline. 
80' The ball is in the back of the net for the visitors, but it is disallowed.  A free-kick delivery is nodded in by Yu Kobayashi, but he is deemed offside. 
C. Theoharous
L. George
Melbourne Victory
79' VICTORY SUB Leroy George goes off for Christian Theoharous. 
H. Abe
A. Ienaga
Kawasaki Frontale
78' KAWASAKI SUB Akihiro Ienaga is off, Hiroyuki Abe comes on. 
76' Kentaro Moriya strides forward and lets fly from 25 yards, and his attempt takes a deflection, forcing a fine save out of Thomas once again. 
Eduardo
Yellow Card
Kawasaki Frontale
74' YELLOW CARD KAWASAKI Carlos Eduardo Bendini Giusti is in the book for a foul. 
71' Kawasaki break and Okubo is played in at the right side of the area, but he flashes his shot high and wide. 
K. Athiu
B. Berisha
Melbourne Victory
70' VICTORY SUB Besart Berisha is replaced by Kenjok Athiu.
68' Berisha is played in right through the middle of the box, and he is chopped down to size in what looks a certain foul, but he is flagged offside.  It's his last involvement for the evening, he'll be substituted.  He can't hide his frustration, as he refuses the handshake as he goes off. 
64' A terrible roll-out of the ball from Sung-ryong, who was off his line, falls to Terry Antonis.  Antonis tries an audacious chip from 25 yards, but it lands on the roof of the net. 
Y. Kobayashi
K. Chinen
Kawasaki Frontale
59' KAWASAKI SUB Kei Chinen is off, replaced by Yū Kobayashi. 
J. Hope
S. Nigro
Melbourne Victory
59' VICTORY SUB Stefan Nigro is replaced by Josh Hope.
K. Noborizato
T. Hasegawa
Kawasaki Frontale
58' KAWASAKI SUB Tatsuya Hasegawa is replaced by Kyohei Noborizato.
52' Okubo can count himself lucky to avoid yellow for a studs-showing challenge which visibly hurts Broxham. 
51' George tries to play a one-two with Barbarouses, by darting into the box, but the latter's cross is cut out before the ball can reach him. 
45' SECOND HALF KICK-OFF
HALF-TIME: MELBOURNE VICTORY 0 - 0 KAWASAKI FRONTALE. Both sides have played well so far, though the best opportunities have gone the way of the visitors.  A draw is no use to both sides, so expect more of the same in the second half. 
43' Deng lets fly first time after a headed clearance falls his way. It is always rising, but hit sweetly and worries the goalkeeper for a moment.  
37' Okubo sees a point blank effort saved by Thomas. A deflected shot from Chinen runs into his path, on the edge of the six-yard area, but his shot is smothered to safety by the goalkeeper.  The goalkeeper has put in an inspired display so far. 
36' Barbarouses manages to steal the ball inside the Kawasaki box, but the danger is quickly snuffed out. 
30' Hidemasha Morita gets to the byline and puts in a delicious whipped cross, that Okubo bursts on to.  Before he can get his head on the ball. he goes down in a heap under Thomas Deng's challenge, but no penalty says the referee. 
27' Troisi chips a ball into the area which finds the head of Berisha, but his flick header is just wide. 
24' Kosta Barbarouses feeds Nigro to the left of the area, who flashes an out-swinging cross into the area, but it evades everybody. 
20' Stefan Nigro curls a hopeful volley from the edge of the box but it bounces wide. 
19' Jung Sung-ryong slips when trying to make a clearance from the side of his area, scuffing the ball right into the path of Troisi. He tries to curl it in from the side of the area, but it is comfortably cleared.  Maybe he could have found a navy shirt instead. 
18' The ball breaks to Tatsuya Hasegawa down the left channel, and he has the space to get to the byline, but his cross is cut-out. 
13' James Troisi plays a one-two with Leroy George that allows the latter to raid the box, before losing the ball.  The loose ball rebounds back to Troisi, who lashes a shot, but it is over the bar. 
9' Okubo lets the ball come across his front before teeing it up for himself to hit on the half-volley, from 20 yards, and it forces a world class save out of Thomas who tips it on to the bar and back into play.  
5' Chinen receives the ball on the edge of the area and tries to spin out of the challenge of Rhys Williams, threatening to do so, but the defender does just enough to get his body in the way and see the ball trickle over the byline. 
2' Early signs of intent from the away side here, as Yoshito Okubo tees up Kei Chinen on the edge of the penalty area.  The attacker lets fly with a low left foot strike that worries Lawrence Thomas, but it is just wide of the goalkeeper's left post. 
1' KICK-OFF: Referee Ammar Al Jeneibi blows his whistle and we're underway. 
TEAMS - KAWASAKI FRONTALE STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Sung-ryong (GK), Eduardo, Kurumaya, Taniguchi, Morita, Oshima, Moriya, Okubo, Hasegawa, Ienaga, Chinen. SUBS - Arai (GK), Abe, Takeoka, Shimoda, Elsinho, Noborizato, Kobayashi. 
TEAMS - MELBOURNE VICTORY STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Thomas (GK), Nigro, Williams, Donachie, Deng, Broxham, Antonis, George, Troisi, Barbarouses, Berisha. SUBS - Acton (GK), Waring, McGilp, Ingham, Athiu, Hope, Theoharous. 
Melbourne Victory host Kawasaki Frontale in the fourth matchday of the AFC Champions League group stage.  Both sides need a win to keep their qualification hopes alive in Group F. 
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