Beijing beat the Victory again

Australian clubs continue to struggle at the AFC Champions League in Qatar, with Melbourne Victory the latest victims.

The Victory were beaten on Friday night 2-0 by Chinese outfit Beijing Guoan in yet another loss for the A-League teams currently on continental duty.

In the six matches involving either the Victory, Sydney FC or Perth Glory in Qatar since the resumption of the competition, the A-League teams have lost all six.

The Victory’s latest loss was their second in the space of four nights to Beijing, who top Group E with a perfect record of 12 points from four matches.

In contrast, the Victory have just three points from their four games, with their only joy having come in February when they beat fellow group strugglers Chiangrai United 1-0 at AAMI Park.

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The Victory rarely threatened in their second successive loss to Beijing, who took control from the outset.

The Chinese Super League club took just nine minutes to score, with Spanish midfielder Jonathan Viera leaving Victory goalkeeper Max Crocombe, who was making his competitive debut for his new club, rooted to the spot as he made the most of a low cross from Wang Gang and some poor marking to find the back of the net.

Beijing doubled their lead in the 36th minute when Viera turned provider to set up Zhang Yuning, who beat the Victory’s offside trap to score off the inside of the post.

The Victory’s best chance came 12 minutes into the second half when Storm Roux was foiled from close range by Beijing keeper Hou Sen.

Beijing’s star Brazilian attacker Renato Augusto was denied a deserved goal in the 66th minute when his shot hit the crossbar.

But it mattered little to the result as the Chinese giants ensured it was another disappointing night on the continental stage for an Australian team.

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