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Victory to face Korea's Jeonbuk in ACL

  • Victory to face Korea's Jeonbuk in ACL

Melbourne Victory have been handed a chance for Asian Champions League revenge in their round-of-16 tie.

Kevin Muscat's side will head to South Korea to face Jeonbuk Motors, the team that knocked them out in their last Asian adventure.

A 0-0 draw in Jeonju cruelled Victory's hopes of advancing to the last 16 in 2014, but having made it through to the knock-out stages for the first time, the A-League powerhouse will be confident of continuing on.

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Melbourne will host the first leg on May 17, with the second leg in Jeonju a week later.

Unlike Victory, Jeonbuk must contend with domestic league fixtures while attempting to reach the quarter-finals.

The match will also re-unite Victory with former Melbourne City man Erik Paartalu, who swapped Victory's cross-town rivals for another shot in Asia last January.

The K-League side have a fine record in the continental competition, winning it in 2006, reaching the final in 2011 and advancing to the knock-out stage in six of the past seven years.

They qualified on top of group E after a 2-2 draw with Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning on Wednesday night.

Sydney FC discovered their round of 16 opponent on Tuesday night, facing China's Shandong Luneng as they bid to reach the quarter-finals.

Graham Arnold's side head to Jinan for a May 18 first leg and host the second leg on May 25.

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