Sport Victory, Sydney FC learn Asian draws

22:22  06 december  2017
22:22  06 december  2017 Source:   msn.com

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Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says he makes no apology for substituting star striker Besart Berisha in last night's Asian Champions League 1-0 win over Japanese club Kawasaki Frontale, despite the fiery Albanian's fury as he stormed off.

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Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold (right) with Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat. © AAP Image/David Moir Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold (right) with Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat. Melbourne Victory have been pitted against Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale in the 2018 Asian Champions League draw conducted in Kuala Lumpur.

Victory play the J-League winners, Korean heavyweights Ulsan Hyundai and a playoff winner - likely to be Chinese side Shanghai SIPG - in Group F.

A-League champions Sydney FC, already placed against Shanghai Shenhua in group H, have also been drawn against Japanese side Kashima Antlers.

Victory and Sydney are Australia's two confirmed representatives in the continental competition next year.

Brisbane Roar can join them in the elite competition by winning a pair of playoffs on January.

Should they do so, they'll be in Group E with Korea's Jeonbuk Motors and Hong Kong champions Kitchee.

The final East Asian group is headed by Chinese heavyweights Guangzhou Evergrande, with Korea's Jeju United and Thai side Buriram to be joined by a to be confirmed Japanese side.

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