Vissel Kobe beat Melbourne Victory

Nick D’Agostino scored twice but it wasn’t enough as Melbourne Victory’s hopes of reaching the AFC Champions League group stage were dashed by Japanese club Vissel Kobe.

Melbourne Victory have failed to qualify for the AFC Champions League group stage after being beaten 4-3 in extra-time by Japanese club Vissel Kobe on Tuesday night.

In-form striker Nick D’Agostino scored twice for the Victory in Hyogo but it wasn’t enough in the see-sawing affair.

Spanish great Andres Iniesta gave Kobe a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute before D’Agostino equalized in the 12th minute.

D’Agostino put Victory ahead in 71st minute with bis second of the contest before two goals in the space of eight minutes from Kobe’s Yuya Osako seemed to end the A-League club’s chances of winning the playoff.

However substitute Ben Folami scored with a brilliant strike in the 90th minute to send the match into half an hour of extra-time

But that’s where the Victory’s hopes of joining Melbourne City and Sydney FC in the competition’s group stage ended, with Kobe’s Brazilian marksman Lincoln netting the winner five minutes into extra-time.

Originally published as Melbourne Victory fall short in bid to qualify for AFC Champions League group stage

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