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87'
K. Barbarouses
Yellow Card
82'
K. Dohi
T. Morishima
81'
E. Kamsoba
C. Valeri
77'
S. Takahashi
K. Shimizu
76'
K. Yoshino
T. Matsumoto
Goal
75'
S. Inagaki
Assist
75'
T. Morishima
Goal
73'
Y. Minagawa
Goal
73'
T. Morishima
Assist
Goal
Goal
70'
O. Toivonen
Goal
65'
J. Troisi
Raúl Baena
28'
H. Mizumoto
Yellow Card
10'
C. Valeri
Yellow Card
8'
O. Toivonen
Yellow Card
Goal
5'
H. Matsumoto
Assist
5'
T. Matsumoto
Goal
Kick Off
2
3
3
1

Stats

Possession
% %
4
5
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 6
Total Passes 698 373

Commentary

FULL TIME - VICTORY 1 SANFRECCE 3 - Sanfrecce Hiroshima will finish top of Group F and qualify for the next stage of the ACL as they beat the Melbourne Victory 3 goals to 1. It's a great result for the Japanese side who will go into the next round with plenty of confidence and will feel they can go deep into the tournament. A disappointing night for the Victory who exit the ACL tonight and it also ends the reign of Kevin Muscat as head coach who will be leaving his post. The Victory finish bottom of their group and will be hoping they can do much better next time they make an appearance in the competition 
90' + 2' Toivonen can't produce the same quality on that free kick as he stumbles as he's making contact with the ball but he wins a corner 
90' We will have 3 minutes of added time 
89' Barbarouses tries to get a teammate through but it's out for a corner for the home side 
87' Barbarouses gets a yellow card for kicking the ball away in frustration. Been a night to forget for the winger 
K. Barbarouses
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
87' Yellow card Kosta Barbarouses
85' Good defending from Deng denying the away side this time and the Victory will have the chance to come back the other way but they are running out of time to get back into this game 
K. Dohi
T. Morishima
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
82' Substitution Tsukasa Morishima Kodai Dohi
E. Kamsoba
C. Valeri
Melbourne Victory
81' Substitution Carl Valeri Elvis Kamsoba
79' Roux's cross into the area doesn't find a teammate and it's headed away by the defence 
S. Takahashi
K. Shimizu
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
77' Substitution Kohei Shimizu Soya Takahashi
K. Yoshino
T. Matsumoto
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
76' Substitution Taishi Matsumoto Kyohei Yoshino
Goal
75' GOAL SANFRECCE (Tsukasa Morishima) - SANFRECCE 3 VICTORY 1 - Wow how this game has turned around so quickly. 2 goals in 3 minutes for Sanfrecce sees them establish a 2 goal lead and it is a game winning lead you would have to imagine as Tsukasa Morishima has a shot from outside the box which Thomas gets a hand to but he is unable to stop it as the ball continues on its path into the top corner 
S. Inagaki
Assist
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
75' Assist Sho Inagaki
T. Morishima
Goal
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
75' Goal Tsukasa Morishima
Y. Minagawa
Goal
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
73' Goal Yusuke Minagawa
T. Morishima
Assist
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
73' Assist Tsukasa Morishima
Goal
72' GOAL SANFRECCE (Yusuke Minagawa) - SANFRECCE 2 VICTORY 1 - Victory were only level for 2 minutes as Sanfrecce are immediately back in the lead as a nice pass to an unmarked Minagawa sees the striker in space and his first time shot is perfect and it goes into the bottom corner giving Thomas no chance 
Goal
70' GOAL VICTORY (Ola Toivonen) - VICTORY 1 SANFRECCE 1 - That goal had been coming for a while and it comes from a set piece and Toivonen has showed his immense class by curling a perfect free kick over the wall and past the goalkeeper into the top corner to get his side level. Beautiful goal. 
O. Toivonen
Goal
Melbourne Victory
70' Goal Ola Toivonen
69' Sanfrecce now giving away more fouls than they did in the 1st half giving the home side another chance from a very good position 25 yards out from goal 
66' A counter attacking opportunity for the Victory sees Barbarouses try to get on the end of a cross but Hayashi was always favourite to claim the loose ball 
J. Troisi
Raúl Baena
Melbourne Victory
65' Substitution José Raúl Baena Urdiales James Troisi
63' Broxham's cross from the left is a good one and it finds the head of Toivonen but his header is straight at the goalkeeper 
61' Toivonen shows some frustration at his defender as they clash trying to win the ball. Foul goes the way of Sanfrecce 
60' Foul given away in midfield by the Victory and Sanfrecce are doing well to frustrate the home side and not give them any opportunities 
58' More of the same here from what we saw in the 1st half with Victory having more of the ball but are struggling to find that final pass to set up an opportunity 
55' Nice play from Sanfrecce with a cross just eluding those in the box and it goes to Shimizu whose shot from outside the box is saved well down low by Thomas 
53' Baena tries to find Toivonen in the box with his cross but his delivery into the box is too high and long for the striker to get on the end of 
51' Good defence from Roux who closes down well and blocks a cross and now the Victory can come back the other way to start an attack 
50' Mizumoto decides to have a shot first time but his effort goes well wide of the target 
47' Toivonen goes to the right side of the wall with his shot but it's easily saved by the goalkeeper 
46' Toivonen is fouled just outside the box giving the Victory a good chance here from the set piece 
46' Back underway 
HALF TIME - VICTORY 0 SANFRECCE 1 - A 5th minute goal from Taishi Matsumoto has Sanfrecce Hiroshima leading the Victory 1-0 at half time. The goal came from a corner and while Sanfrecce have the lead, they have been dominated for the majority of that half with most chances falling the home side's way but their dominance in possession hasn't translated to the scoreboard as of yet. Sanfrecce are content to defend and it is up to the home side to try and get their way back into this game in the 2nd half. 
44' Still no joy for the home side as they continue to to dominate the ball and try to get their way through the defence. Their possession stats not matching the scoreboard so far 
41' Thomas is able to claim a cross and get the play going quickly. Victory would love to get a goal before half time to get themselves back in the game 
38' Toivonen makes a run down the left wing and tries to get a ball into the box for Barbarouses but the ball is cut out and cleared 
36' Sanfrecce proving their danger on the counter again as Thomas is forced into a low save to tip the ball past his near post 
34' The Victory are definitely on top of this game but that is yet to show on the scoreboard as Barbarouses gets down the wing but has his cross blocked. Sanfrecce willing to let the home side have the ball and try to break on the counter 
31' A nice run by Honda down the right is given a good pass back to the Victory man and his pass finds Baena who gets the ball stuck under his feet and then gives away a foul 
29' Honda's free kick isn't a good one and you expect better from a player of his calibre as his cross goes straight to the keeper 
H. Mizumoto
Yellow Card
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
28' Yellow card Hiroki Mizumoto
27' Big chance missed for the Victory, their best of the game so far as Honda produces a lovely pass to Toivonen who was straight through on goal but the striker has missed his chance putting the shot wide 
26' Sanfrecce again looked good on the counter but a final pass out to the wing for a player in a lot of space didn't get to him and Honda comes the other way and his cross finds Barbarouses who shoots on the turn but it's straight at the goalkeeper 
25' Sanfrecce are proving to be dangerous on the counter attack and they don't punish them there as Morishima's shot goes high and wide of the target 
24' A deep cross to the back post has Roux up from his fullback position into the box but his header goes wide of the target 
23' Valeri is on the right wing and decides to put in a deep cross for Toivonen to try and get on the end of but it's just too high and the ball is cleared away for the moment 
22' Victory continue to dominate possession but they have so far been unable to unlock the Sanfrecce defence 
19' Valeri gets involved in the attack as he gets forward into the box linking up with his attackers but there's an offside flag up and Sanfrecce will clear 
17' Nice lead up from the home side with slick passing coming from Toivonen and Barbarouses and the shot comes in from Baena from the left wing and his shot flies wide of the far post 
16' Toivonen's cross into the area is a good one and Baena tries to get on the end of it but it comes off his chest and away from him.
14' With that goal conceded, the home side have conceded 15 goals in their 6 group games so far. A poor record for the Victory who want to do a lot better in this competition . 
13' Nice spell of possession here for the Victory as they try to find a way through the Sanfrecce defence 
11' Valeri is now in the book for a bad tackle on Notsuda 
10' Morishima's touch is a heavy one and it gets away from him and goes out for a goal kick. Sanfrecce finding joy with long balls as the home side are playing a high line 
C. Valeri
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
10' Yellow card Carl Valeri
O. Toivonen
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
8' Yellow card Ola Toivonen
8' Early yellow card for Toivonen whose tackle isn't a good one and he's the first player into the book tonight 
7' Honda swings in a cross trying to set up an immediate reply for his team but Hayashi is there to claim the cross 
Goal
5' GOAL SANFRECCE (Taishi Matsumoto) - SANFRECCE 1 VICTORY 0 - A very early goal here comes from the visitors with poor defence from the set piece allowing the ball to go across the face of goal and Matsumoto is there with an easy job to head the ball into the empty net 
H. Matsumoto
Assist
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
5' Assist Hiroya Matsumoto
T. Matsumoto
Goal
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
5' Goal Taishi Matsumoto
4' Deng cuts out a cross and the first corner of the game will go to Sanfrecce 
3' Nice play from the Victory sees Toivonen get the ball driving towards goal but his shot is well blocked by the defence. Good start to this game from both sides 
1' First chance of the game goes to the away side as a shot from outside the box goes well wide of the target 
1' We're underway 
Sanfrecce substitutes - Yoshino, Nakabayashi, Dohi, Takahashi
Sanfrecce Hiroshima (4-2-3-1) - Hayashi (GK), Araki, Ibayashi, Mizumoto, Inagaki, Matsumoto, Matsumoto, Shimizu, Morishima, Notsuda, Minagawa 
Victory substitues - Acton (GK), Athiu, Troisi, Hope, Akbari, Kamsoba, Lesiotis 
Melbourne Victory (4-3-3) - Thomas (GK), Broxham, Carrigan, Deng, Roux, Valeri, Honda, Baena, Antonis, Barbarouses, Toivonen
The Melbourne Victory will come into this home game knowing it is the last match of the season for them and they will want to try and send their fans home happy after the heavy defeat to Sydney FC in the A-League semi-final a week and a half to go. It won't be easy though as Sanfrecce are playing for top spot in this group. 
Welcome to AAMI Park where Melbourne Victory face Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Group F action on Matchday 6 of the Asian Champions League. The Victory ended their A-League campaign in disastrous fashion beaten 6-1 by Sydney FC and they will want to finish off their season tonight with a win even though they are out of contention and can't qualify for the next round. Sanfrecce are 8th in the J-League but are sitting pretty at the top of this group and a result tonight will guarantee a 1st place finish. Kick off at 8pm AEST 
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