Melbourne Victory’s Asian Champions League campaign has again ended without progression to the knockout phase.
The Victory needed a win over South Korean club Jeju United on Wednesday night to be any chance of finishing in the top two of Group E but could only come up with a 1-1 draw away from home.
Eun-Jung Kim put the home side ahead in the 25th minute before Victory grabbed a deserved equaliser through Diogo Ferreira who produced a stunning 20-yard volley just after the hour-mark.
Even with Jeju having Ju-Nu Kang sent off in the 88th minute, Melbourne could not make the most of the one-man advantage and had to settle for a draw which kept them bottom of the group on six points from as many matches.
However, it turns out that even if the Victory did happen to win they would not have moved through to the next stage as Gamba Osaka defeated Tianjin Teda to go top, putting those two teams on 10 points each.