Melbourne Victory vs Seongnam Ilhwa: Minute by minute
Welcome to Victory In Melbourne’s minute by minute analysis of Melbourne Victory’s last match of its ill-fated 2010 ACL campaign against Seongnam Ilhwa. All the action kickoffs at 8:00pm AEST and we will be keeping you up-to-date with all that happens on the pitch.
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A debut for Ferreira. Langerak (gk), Muscat (c), Broxham, Brebner, Pondeljak, Hernandez, Foschini, Ward, Leijer, Angulo and Ferreira.
For the Koreans. Sungryong (gk), Jaesung, Ognenovski, Byungkuk, Kwangjin, Fabricio, Sunghwan, Do, Chul, Jaechol, Hackyong
0 mins: And we’re off.
2 mins: Seongnam has its first opportunity of the night with Langerak smartly off his line to deny Jo Jaecheol. After his little twitter outburst his failed transfer to Borussia Dortmund I thought Langerak would have missed out of this one but looks like I was wrong.
6 mins: Robbie Slater seems to think Kevin Muscat will go around for another season. That’ll surely piss off a lot of opposition supporters. As for the game not much happening at the moment although Seongnam is looking the more dangerous at this early stage.
12 mins: Have got to say that the Victory blue ACL is rather impressive looking, a lot better than this effort.
17 mins: Langerak makes a great save to deny Hackykong from distance. Muscat follows up by giving away a free kick in a dangerous position. Fortunately for the Victory they manage to clear the ball. Seongnam dominating possession at the moment with Melbourne looking to hit on the counter and not having any sustained amount of pressure. Playing without a recognised striker probably means its going to be a night of limited chances for Melbourne.
20 mins: Do wastes a golden opportunity to score as Langerak is left stranded in no-mans land. This is quickly followed by an effort from Fabricio that also flashes wide. Melbourne looking vulnerable from some well taken crosses.
22 mins: We’ve gone two whole minutes without Robbie Slater pushing the case of Sasa Ognenovski for the national team. That’s an effort in itself.
26 mins: Langerak makes another save to deny Fabricio at his near post.. From the resulting corner Ognenovski hits the upright which surely have Slater going into raptures about the big Macedonian. Looks like Langerak is going to be in for another busy night.
28 mins: GOAL! Seongnam opens the scoring as Kwangjin ghosts in at the back post as the Melbourne defence is found guilt of ball watching. You could see that goal coming as the Victory failed to deal with constant pressure of Seongnam. Foschini, who I have rated as one of the bright lights to come out of this campaign is having a torrid evening as the Korean side look to mount all their attacks along his side of the pitch.
36 mins: Angulo has Melbourne first real chance to test the Sungryong in the Seongnam but in the end his indecision means it comes to nothing.
I have lost visual transmission at the moment and can’t actually see what is going on with all I have to work with is the sound of the commentary.
45+1 mins: At that’s half time. Melbourne looking like a team that would rather be at home curled up in front of the fire reading a good book rather than running around in the rain in Korea.
46 mins: GOAL! I walk away from the coverage for a couple of minutes and Dugandzic finds the back of the net to start off the second half. Melbourne’s first goal from open play for this campaign. Looks like both Pilkington and Dugandzic have come on at half time.
48 mins: Langerak makes another great save to deny Fabricio from a long range free kick. Despite that effort Melbourne is looking
51 mins: So close! Dugandzic wastes a golden opportunity to put Melbourne into the lead as he spurns a one on one chance with the Seongnam ‘keeper. Melbourne certainly looking a lot better since his introduction. With Dugandzic’s efforts in his brief time on the park so far would have many Melbourne Victory fans wondering why he wasn’t brought on against Beijing Guoan two weeks ago when we still had a slim chance of progressing.
61 mins: The game is starting to open up a lot more as the Victory look to attack more in this second half making for a much more enjoyable footballing spectacle despite the rain. Is this the opportunity for Melbourne’s first win away from home in the ACL?
64 mins: Evan Berger comes on for Marvin Angulo. Is this the last time we will see Angulo in Victory colours as his loan spell comes to an end in the very near future (that’s my way of saying I don’t when it ends at this very moment).
73 mins: GOAL! Do (that’s his name) makes Melbourne pay again for some poor marking in the penalty area. Do was put through by a lovely back heel by Fabricio after Ferreira gave the ball away cheaply close to goal. All Melbourne’s hard work comes to nothing.
78 mins: GOAL! Scores are level again as Pondeljak finishes nicely from just outside the area. I really should stop walking away from the coverage.
83 mins: GOAL! Jaecheol puts Seongnam back in front as he brilliant chips Langerak from just outside the area as he makes a well timed run onto a flick-on from his teammate. Again the Victory defence fails to react quickly enough to the threat. Does Melbourne have enough time to level it again?
87 mins: Football Superstar wastes a golden opportunity to level the scores as his free header at the back post fails to the find the target after Ferreira puts in a delightful cross. Is this a sign of the future for the Victory?
90+3 mins: There goes the final whistle and thus ends Melbourne’s 2010 campaign. Despite the loss it was probably Melbourne’s best performance of the campaign.