Melbourne rescue point against Jeonbuk

by Tomasz Ng

AFC Champions League 2014, Group Stage – Matchday 2

7:30pm, Wednesday 12 March – Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

 

Melbourne Victory FC 2

(Ansell 31’, Barbarouses 81’)

drew with

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC 2

(Lee Dong Gook 76’ 79’)

 

Melbourne Victory rescued a point against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Dockland Stadium on Wednesday night.

Nick Ansell gave Melbourne the lead against the run of play in the first half, before a Lee Dong Gook brace stunned the home crowd in the second half.

There wasn’t to be a repeat of what happened in Guangzhou however, as Kosta Barbarouses latched onto a long pass from Mark Milligan and scored a crucial equaliser for the hosts.

The match began at a slow pace, and it wasn’t until Barbarouses’ missed chance in the 11th minute that it kicked into gear.

Jesse Makarounas had his through ball deflected into the path of Barbarouses but the New Zealand international was only able to drag his shot well wide of the post, despite having the full frame to shoot at.

Jeonbuk reacted to the scare with a spate of shots from outside the area, with the best coming from Leonardo in the 29th minute.

Lee Dong Gook nodded down a cross for the Brazilian, who dummied a defender before cracking his shot against the crossbar.

But for all of Jeonbuk’s pressure, it was Victory who broke the deadlock against the run of play.

Jesse Makarounas sent in a great free kick onto the head of Ansell, who got free of his defender and nodded the ball into the back of the open net.

The visitors were stung by the goal and continued to pressure the Victory defence, and came closest to scoring when Choi Bo Kyung’s firm header was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Lawrence Thomas.

Jeonbuk then continued where they left off after the break and Seung Gi forced Thomas into another good save after volleying Lee Dong Gook’s knock down.

Victory defended stoutly for most of the second half, repelling most of what Jeonbuk had thrown their way, but Lee Dong Gook changed that after the 70th minute.

First he had a shot saved at point blank by Thomas, which resulted in a Victory counter attack.

Connor Pain managed to round the keeper but was forced too wide, and after cutting back for Tom Rogic, Choi Eun Sung got back to make the save.

Jeonbuk made Victory pay for missing that chance in the 76th minute, when Seung Gi rifled in 35 yard shot that smacked Thomas in the face, and Lee Dong Gook was on hand to thump the rebound into the top corner.

The prolific striker then stunned the home crowd three minutes later, after scoring a 35 yard piledriver of his own, leaving Thomas no chance of reaching it.

Seeing the game beginning to disappear before their eyes just like in did in China a couple weeks ago, Victory made sure there was no repeat of that collapse when Barbarouses slotted home an equaliser.

Mark Milligan started it off, playing a long ball over the top of the Jeonbuk defence, and the forward did the rest, striding into the penalty area and putting the ball through the keeper’s legs.

It proved to be the last significant moment of the game, as the two sides shared the points on the night.

Match Stats:

Crowd: 6128

Line-ups:

Melbourne Victory:

20. Lawrence Thomas [GK], 3. Adama Traore, 4. Nicholas Ansell, 5. Mark Milligan (c), 6. Leigh Broxham (c), 9. Kosta Barbarouses, 13. Andrew Nabbout (11. Connor Pain +46’), 17. Jimmy Jeggo (14. James Troisi +80’), 21, Tom Rogic (16. Rashid Mahazi +73’), 22. Jesse Makarounas, 25. Jason Geria

Unused subs: 1. Nathan Coe [GK], 24. Scott Galloway, 26. Jordan Brown, 27. Dylan Murnane

Yellow Cards: Makarounas 32’

Red Cards: Nil

 

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors:

23. Choi Eun Sung [GK], 2. Lee Kyu Ro, 6. Choi Bok Yung (34. Mun Jin Yong +76’), 7. Han Kyo Won (24. Park Se Jik +83’), 10. Leonardo Rodrigues Pereira, 11. Seung Gi, 18. Alex Wilkinson, 19. Park Won Jae, 20. Lee Dong Gook (c), 27. Kwon Kyung Won (8. Marcos +58’), 28. Lee Gang Jin

Unused Substitutes: 21. Lee Bum Soo [GK], 32. Lee Ju Yong

Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Cards: Nil

 

Referee: Mohamed Abdelkarim Alzarooni

Assistants: Mohamed Alhammadi, Zayed Dawood Salman Kamal, Win Cho

 

Ratings:

Pitch Rating: 8/10

Game Rating: 8/10

Player Points:

3. Lee Dong Gook

2. Nick Ansell

1.  Jesse Makarounas

By Tomasz Ng