'Beijing Guoan freeze out Victory' - On a cold Beijing evening, and on a horrid pitch, Melbourne Victory were unable to come back from a 1-0 deficit caused by a finely taken goal in the 52nd minute by Beijing Guoan's Australian striker Joel Griffiths. .. BOTN reports, incl. Alan Fleming at the game ..
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Melbourne & Adelaide know their foes
Australia's two entrants in the 2010 AFC Champions League, Melbourne Victory FC and Adelaide United FC, know their opponents following the draw which was held in Kuala Lumpur on Monday 7 December, 2009.
Melbourne Victory FC are placed in Group E with Seongnam Ilhwa (South Korea), Beijing Guoan (China), and Kawasaki Frontale (Japan)
For Melbourne's second tilt opponents, Kawasaki qualified for the tournament after finishing second in the 2009 J-League season, while Seongnam is Korea Republic's most successful club with a record seven league trophies to its name and was runner-up in the ACL 2004. Beijing recently claimed its first Chinese Super League crown, but Football Operations Manager Gary Cole is confident Melbourne Victory will be competitive in its second ACL appearance.
Adelaide United FC have been drawn in Group H with Shandong Luneng (China), the Cup winners from Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima, and Pohang Steelers (Korea)
Drawn in Group H, the Reds' third venture into Asia's prestigious club competition sees them up against reigning AFC Champions League title holders, Korea Republic's Pohang Steelers, China's Shandong Luneng and the Emperor's Cup Winner from Japan.
Match fixtures: East - Group E
1 - 23 February 2010 19:30 BEIJING GUOAN (CHN) 1 v MELBOURNE VICTORY (AUS)0 - Beijing Workers Stadium
2 - 09 March 2010 19:30 MELBOURNE VICTORY (AUS) v SEONGNAM ILHWA FC (KOR) Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
3 - 23 March 2010 19:00 KAWASAKI FRONTALE (JPN) v MELBOURNE VICTORY (AUS) Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium
4 - 31 March 2010 19:30 MELBOURNE VICTORY (AUS) v KAWASAKI FRONTALE (JPN) Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
5 - 14 April 2010 19:30 MELBOURNE VICTORY (AUS) v BEIJING GUOAN (CHN) Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
6 - 28 April 2010 19:00 SEONGNAM ILHWA FC (KOR) v MELBOURNE VICTORY (AUS) Tancheon Sports Complex
11 May 2010 - Winner Group E v Runner Up Group G
11 May 2010 - Winner Group G v Runner Up Group E
Match fixtures: East - Group H
1 - 24 February 2010 19:30 ADELAIDE UNITED (AUS) v POHANG STEELERS (KOR) Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
2 - 10 March 2010 15:30 SHANDONG LUNENG FC (CHN) v ADELAIDE UNITED (AUS) Shandong Sports Center
3 - 24 March 2010 19:30 ADELAIDE UNITED (AUS) v SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA (JPN) Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
4 - 30 March 2010 19:00 SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA (JPN) v ADELAIDE UNITED (AUS) Hiroshima Big Arch
5 - 13 April 2010 19:30 POHANG STEELERS (KOR) v ADELAIDE UNITED (AUS) Pohang Steelyard
6 - 27 April 2010 19:30 ADELAIDE UNITED (AUS) v SHANDONG LUNENG FC (CHN) Hindmarsh Stadium
11 May 2010 - Winner Group H v Runner Up Group F
12 May 2010 - Winner Group F v Runner Up Group H
By Chris Dunkerley 22 January 2010