Kosta wants victory for perfect ending
Kosta Barbarouses does not have happy memories of his last trip to Jeonju.
He's hoping this time he will be in a better mood after what will be his last game for Melbourne Victory.
The three-time A-League champions will take on Jeonbuk Motors in South Korea tonight, knowing they need at least one goal if they are to have a chance of progressing to the Asian Champions League quarter-finals after last week's 1-1 draw in Melbourne.
The last time Victory played Jeonbuk in the group stages two years ago it needed a win to reach the knockout stages, but could only manage a 0-0 draw, sending the home side through.
Barbarouses said the Melbourne outfit was unlucky after he was brought down in the penalty area.
The referee gave nothing and the rest is history.
Tonight Barbarouses will be one of six likely starters who were involved in that previous game, which he says will give the team a big boost. It will be his last game for Victory before returning to play for Wellington Phoenix next season.
The 26-year-old will be joined by Archie Thompson and Matthieu Delpierre in saying farewell, and said he would love nothing better than to get a win as a parting gift to the club he loves.
"These last three years have been probably the best time of my career," he told Goal Australia.
Sydney FC defender Matt Jurman, meanwhile, said tomorrow night's second leg against Shandong Luneng at Allianz Stadium was arguably the biggest match in the club's history.
The Sky Blues go into the clash 1-1, with an away goal making them favourites to make the last eight.
"We've never been this far in the ACL so I think it's a massive game, and hopefully all the fans come out and support us," he said.
"I don't think people realise how big this tournament is. It's the Asian Champions League, it's the equivalent of the European Champions League and for us it can't get any bigger than this.
"We need to get the win, and to get to the last eight of the Asian Champions League is a massive achievement. Hopefully we can do that."