Asia's reigning player of the year has been banned for five months for confronting a referee in the Asian Champions League semifinals.
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.
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.
Semifinalists Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory limped out of the Champions League this week, again underlining the gap between the A-League and Asia.
Melbourne Victory lost 4-0 to Daegu FC to confirm their Asian Champions League fate.
Sydney FC will turn their attentions to Sunday's A-League semi after Australia's hopes of a knockout berth in the AFC Champions League were crushed.
Mix Diskerud, whose nickname in the K-League is "Jesus," scored a remarkable winner for Ulsan Hyundai that his coach called divine intervention.
A 1-0 away loss to Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea ended Sydney FC's hopes of advancing from their AFC Champions League group.
Sydney FC left-back Michael Zullo will start in Tuesday's away clash with Ulsan Hyundai after missing four matches with a hamstring injury.
The Victory have taken the kids to South Korea for their midweek AFC Champions League distraction, leaving the bulk of their senior squad at home.
Sydney FC just about kept alive their AFC Champions League campaign with a 2-2 away draw to Chinese champions Shanghai SIPG on Tuesday.
A reserve-strength Melbourne Victory have earned a first point of their AFC Champions League campaign, drawing 1-1 with Guangzhou Evergrande.
Melbourne Victory have been humbled by Guangzhou Evergande, smashed 4-0 on Wednesday night in another AFC Champions League away day destruction.
Sydney FC face a battle to advance from their Asian Champions League group following a 3-3 draw with China's Shanghai SIPG on Wednesday.
While as unimpressed as everybody else with the shabby state of the SCG, Steve Corica believes it's high time his Sydney FC squad were given credit.
Kawasaki Frontale secured a 1-0 home victory over Sydney FC in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
Glory coach Tony Popovic can't help but feel envious watching the Victory and Sydney FC feature in the ACL, and he hopes it will be his turn soon.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima denied Keisuke Honda on his Japanese homecoming, finding a late goal to dent Melbourne Victory's AFC Champions League ambitions.
The strong wind was the only winner as Sydney FC and South Korea's Ulsan Hyundai slugged out a 0-0 draw in Wednesday's Asian Champions League clash.
Ola Toivonen made a scoring return but goals to Cesinha, Hwang Soon-Min and Edgar left Victory with much to do.
On the eve of an Champions League campaign and with the race to the A-League finals in the home straight, Victory coach Kevin Muscat has issues.
Kashima Antlers were undeniable as the defending champions beat Newcastle Jets 4-1 Asian Champions League qualifying in Japan.
Ivan Kolev has defended the decision to play Marko Simic in Persija's ACL qualifier against Newcastle just hours after he faced assault charges.
Newcastle Jets skipper Nigel Boogaard and sub Matthew Ridenton were the extra-time heroes as the Jets beat Indonesian club Persija Jakarta 3-1.
Melbourne Victory's opening ACL opponents will be first-timers Daegu FC after the South Koreans claimed their first trophy this week -- the FA Cup.
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