Brave Victory go close

A brave Melbourne Victory has ended its AFC Champions League campaign with a 3-2 loss to Seongnam Ilhwa at Tancheon Sports Complex on Wednesday night.

A brave Melbourne Victory has ended its AFC Champions League campaign with a 3-2 loss to Seongnam Ilhwa at Tancheon Sports Complex on Wednesday night.

Even with a last 16 home tie against Japan's Gamba Osaka already assured, Seongnam posted its fifth victory of the campaign with a thrilling win over an injury-hit Melbourne side.

Cheon Kwang-jin broke the deadlock for the home side at Tancheon Sports Stadium after 27 minutes only for Melbourne substitute Mate Dugandzic to equalise just after half-time.

Do regained the lead for Seongnam with 16 minutes remaining only for Tom Pondeljak to pull Melbourne back on level terms for a second time.

But with seven minutes remaining after setting up Cheon's opener, Do flicked on a long ball from goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong's for Cho Jae-chul to lob Melbourne custodian Mitchell Langerak.