AFC Champions League

Melbourne: Coach Kevin Muscat has labelled Melbourne Victory’s meeting with Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos on Tuesday a must-win contest which will decide the A-League side’s future in the AFC Champions League this season.

Melbourne have picked up just one point from their opening two games in Group G despite having led by two goals at half-time against Guangzhou Evergrande in China last month and by one goal at half-time at home against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors last week.

But while Muscat has revealed there will be more changes after the weekend’s trip to face Perth Glory in the A-League took further toll on the Melbourne squad, the former defender is eying a first win of the campaign at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

“We need a win tomorrow night. We are probably a bit disappointed from our last outing at home after we didn’t take all three points. Up to about the 75th minute mark we were leading and travelling OK, so it was a little disappointing, so tomorrow night suggests we have to win to give ourselves a chance to get out of the group,” said Muscat, who saw his second-place side beat Perth 2-1 on Saturday thanks to a last-minute strike from veteran forward Archie Thompson.

“If we don’t perform well there is not much chance of getting a result, so we have to get the performance right. If we do get the performance right, we’ll have a team out there who is good enough to win.”

Muscat, though, will be without midfielder Jesse Makarounas due to suspension.

Yokohama have also picked up just one point from their opening two games having recovered from their 3-0 opening day defeat by Jeonbuk in Korea to share a 1-1 draw at home to defending champions Guangzhou last week.

But Yasuhiro Higuchi’s side departed Japan after a 3-0 home win over Tokushima Vortis on Saturday maintained Yokohama’s 100% J.League record at the start of the season.

“This is a very important match if we want to qualify from the group. It will be very difficult for us as well as we are also playing a very busy schedule with the J.League, but we are definitely looking to go home with three points,” said Yokohama coach Higuchi.

“I saw Melbourne’s match against Jeonbuk and also some of their matches in the A-League and I can see they attack with a good structure and they also possess good attacking power and they are a good team.

“This is our fourth match in a short space of time so we will select the best team who can play aggressively tomorrow. Some of the players have not come to Australia due to injury, but the majority of the players who played on Saturday are here.”

ACL 2014: Latest Results

17-09-2014
SEO
0 - 0
WSW
30-09-2014
AIN
2 - 1
HIL
01-10-2014
WSW
-
SEO -
view complete list

ACL: Quick Links

ACL 2014: Top Goal Scorers for the Knock-Out Stage

POS PHOTO PLAYER COUNTRY TOTAL GOALS
1 ASAMOAH GYAN AL AIN (UAE) 7
2 NASSIR ALSHAMRANI AL HILAL (KSA) 6
3 VAGNER LOVE SHANDONG LUNENG FC (CHN) 5
4 MEHDI SHARIFI FOOLAD MOBARAKEH SEPAHAN (IRN) 4
5 ABDELAZIZ BARRADA AL JAZIRA (UAE) 4

ACL: Match Reports

ACL run part of the learning curve says Hilal boss
Tuesday September 30, 2014

Al Ain: Coach Laurentiu Reghecampf believes Al Hilal's AFC Champions League semi-final victory over Al Ain will hand his side much-needed experience ahead of their return to the continental final.

ACL: Match Previews

ACL 2014 SF (2nd leg): FC Seoul preview
Tuesday September 30, 2014

Sydney: Coach Choi Yong-soo is confident FC Seoul can overcome Western Sydney Wanderers in Wednesday's AFC Champions League semi-final second leg at Parramatta Stadium to secure a second consecutive final appearance despite the K League Classic side's modest recent goal scoring record.

ACL: Team News

Al Hilal go top of the Saudi standings
Thursday September 25, 2014

Al Hasa: Al Hilal went top of the Saudi Professional League (SPL) standings courtesy of a 2-1 away victory over Al Fateh in their last domestic fixture before travelling to the UAE for the second leg of their 2014 AFC Champions League semi-final clash with Al Ain.

Official Sponsors
emirates Nike Nikon Panasonic Pepsi QNB Qatar Petroleum SDLG tsingtao

Official Supporters
Asahi Shimbun Seiko Yanmar