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Archie Thompson helps Melb Victory seal AFC Champions League progress

Archie Thompson
Melbourne Victory icon Archie Thompson, right, helped his side reach the ACL knockout stages for the first time ever.

In what might have been his swansong, Archie Thompson has helped Melbourne Victory break new ground, qualifying for the knockout phases of the Asian Champions League.

Victory beat Japan's Gamba Osaka 2-1 at AAMI Park on Tuesday night to claim a place among Asia's elite.

First-half goals to Besart Berisha and man-of-the-moment Thompson had Victory well on top, before Ademilson's late scrambled effort had Victory pulses racing.

Kevin Muscat's side held on through 10 tricky minutes to win through on...

Sydney FC top AFC Champions League Group H despite Guangzhou loss

Gao Lin
Guangzhou Evergrande striker Gao Lin scored the only goal of the match just 88 seconds in.

Sydney FC have finished top of their Asian Champions League group despite a 1-0 away loss to defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande in China.

The only goal came after just 82 seconds when veteran striker Gao Lin lashed a first-time shot into the net from just in front of the penalty spot.

Urawa Red Diamonds needed to beat Pohang Steelers to leapfrog Sydney at the top of Group H, but were held to a 1-1 draw.

Sydney will face China's Shandong Luneng FC later in May in the last 16.

Guangzhou hit...

 By John Duerden

Guangzhou Evergrande and Scolari face rebuilding job after ACL exit

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts break down Shanghai's victory over Melbourne and Guangzhou's triumph against Pohang.
Luiz Felipe Scolari
Guangzhou Evergrande coach Luiz Felipe Scolari dropped out.

In November, Guangzhou Evergrande won their second Asian Champions League title in three years. It prompted promises from the Chinese club of further success and plans for global expansion so, in January, a big step seemed to have been taken when Luiz Felipe Scolari signed Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid for almost $50 million. No club outside China could compete with such financial power.

In April, however, the Southern China Tigers were dumped out of the 2016 edition of the tournament with...

Urawa Red Diamonds reach Asian Champions League round of 16

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson break down the best of Wednesday's AFC Champions League action.

SYDNEY -- Japanese club Urawa Red Diamonds advanced to the round of 16 of the Asian Champions League after playing out a goalless draw against Sydney FC on Wednesday.

The draw eliminated defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande and Pohang Steelers as Urawa secured at least second place behind Group H leader Sydney FC.

Urawa, the 2007 champions, will be playing in the round of 16 for the first time since reaching for the 2008 semifinals.

FC Seoul defeated Buriram United 2-1 for their fourth victory...