Kevin Muscat's reign at Melbourne Victory is over, the club legend taking leave from his coaching tenure with a 3-1 loss to Sanfrecce Hirosima in the AFC Champions League.
On an eerie night at AAMI Park, the A-League powerhouses said farewell to Muscat, captain Carl Valeri and marquee Keisuke Honda.
There was plenty of love from the crowd of 6,053, which sang and cheered for their departing trio. But in keeping with Victory's unfortunate campaign in Asia, they were undone by two world-class goals.
A second-string Sydney FC side bearing no resemblance to their A-League Grand Final-winning team lost 4-0 at home to Japan's Kawasaki Frontale, in their last AFC Champions League group game.
The Sky Blues, who had no chance of making the knockout stage, didn't field any of the side that started Sunday's domestic season decider against Perth Glory at Optus Stadium.
"I asked if they wanted to be on the bench, a couple of them, the answer was no," Sydney coach Steve Corica said with a smile after Tuesday...
Melbourne Victory's 4-0 loss to Daegu FC on Wednesday night was a game that meant nothing, but meant everything.
With an A-League semifinal against Sydney FC beckoning and Kevin Muscat's side already eliminated from the AFC Champions League, it was justifiable to take 15 players -- mostly from the youth ranks -- to South Korea.
In isolation, the result could be deemed tough to take, but inconsequential. The points may not have mattered, but in football one can learn from every game.
There was something...