Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Melbourne sink without trace in the rain in Japan

Japanese side Kawasaki Frontale made mincemeat out of Melbourne Victory, beating the Australians 4-0 at a rain-lashed Todoroki Athletics Stadium in their Asian Champions League clash tonight.

The loss was effectively the end of the road in this year’s Asian Champions League for Melbourne.

Chong Tese, Kawaskai’s North Korean striker, opened the scoring for the home side after just three minutes with a clinical finish from close range and an acute angle, beating keeper Glen Moss at his near post.

Tese added the second when he back-headed home a free-kick from the right in the 11th minute.

Star of the match, Brazilian Renatinho, added the third with a fine strike in the 21st minute.

The first half ended with Tese being sent off after kicking out at an opponent.

Despite playing the second half with ten men, Kawasaki were never threatened by a Melbourne side missing striker Archie Thompson and defender and captain Kevin Muscat.

Thompson was left behind in Australia after suffering a serious knee injury in Saturday’s A-League grand final, while Muscat was kept on the bench and did not see action.

Hiroyuki Taniguchi added Kawasaki’s fourth in the final minute after a lightning counter-attack by the Japanese.

Melbourne’s Leigh Broxham was sent off in stoppage time after collecting a second yellow card.

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