All square in Melbourne as Victory and Jeonbuk draw

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Melbourne Victory and Korea Republic’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors drew 1-1 in the AFC Champions League round of 16 match at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Tuesday.

The home side started off well and opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Albanian forward Besart Berisha scored with a header from a ball by Leigh Broxham.

The equaliser came in the 13th minute when Matthieu Delpierre conceded foul on the edge of the area and Brazilian midfielder Leonardo scored with a well-taken free kick.

Victory will have it all to do in the second leg on May 24 at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium, where they face a Jeonbuk side that are unbeaten in their last 10 fixtures in all competitions.

Both teams created a number of chances in a what turned out to be a very exciting first half.

In the first minute, the home side had a chance when Kosta Barbarouses hammered his shot at the Jeonbuk goal, but his effort was saved by goalkeeper Kwoun Sun-tae.

The opening goal arrived shortly after, when Barbarouses’ fifth-minute corner was headed out of the penalty area by a Jeonbuk defender. The loose ball fell to Broxham, who hooked the ball back into the box for Berisha to score with a header from six-yards out.

Jeonbuk always looked dangerous on the counter-attack and in the 12th minute Delpierre fouled Han Kyo-won on the edge of the box and a free-kick was awarded.

Leonardo then scored when he curled his free-kick over the wall and make the score 1-1.

Shortly after, Daniel Georgievski glanced a header across goal and Jeonbuk’s Choi Kyu-baek also threatened at the other end with a header.

As the half progressed Victory dominated possession but could not crack the visitors’ solid defending. The sides went in at the half-time break with the scores still tied.

In the 48th minute, the home side should have scored when Oliver Bozanic’s cross from the left was headed narrowly wide by the unmarked Berisha.

Then a few minutes later Berisha had another scoring opportunity but shot over the bar from just outside the box.

A bit later Georgievski came close when he headed the ball wide from a corner.

Georgievski then produced the best chance of the second half within the final 1o minutes, but his header from another corner was flashed across Kwoun’s frame and out for a goal-kick.

With four minutes to go Jeonbuk substitute, Ricardo Lopes provided a chance for his side but could not find the winner as the sides ended up drawing their third match against each other.