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Daegu thump second-string Victory

12:49 BST 08/05/2019
Daegu v Melbourne Victory
Kevin Muscat's side outclassed in Korea

A much-changed Melbourne Victory outfit have been beaten 4-0 by Daegu in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night.

Unable to escape the group and with one eye on an A-League semi-final, Victory fielded a young team in South Korea and found themselves behind within 10 minutes.

Daegu's Brazilian striker Edgar converting a penalty in the ninth minute after a foul from Josh Hope.

The Koreans went on to dominate the first 45 minutes but a lack of accuracy in front of goal saw them take just a 1-0 lead into half-time. 

Victory nearly bagging an equaliser just before the break only for young attacker Jack Palazzolo to shoot straight at the keeper after being fed through on goal in injury time. 

Daegu would extend their lead just eight minutes into the second-half when Jeong Tae-uk forced a save from Matt Acton following a corner before turning home the rebound. 

Despite having little to play for, Kevin Muscat's young side continued to ask questions of Daegu's defence with Kenny Athiu and Elvis Kamsoba both denied after fine stops from Jo Hyeon-woo. 

Victory would then find themselves 3-0 down in the 80th minute after a long-range stunner from Dae-Won Kim curled into the top left corner. 

Just two minutes later Daegu made it 4-0 as Jung Seon-ho tapped home on the goal-line to wrap up a comprehensive win that lifted the home side to second in Group F. 

Victory meanwhile remain bottom with just one point from five games and a goal difference of -11.