KEY MAN: Besart Berisha of Melbourne Victory celebrates after scoring a penalty during the AFC Asian Champions League match between Melbourne Victory and Shanghai Sipg on February 24.
KEY MAN: Besart Berisha of Melbourne Victory celebrates after scoring a penalty during the AFC Asian Champions League match between Melbourne Victory and Shanghai Sipg on February 24. Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

No time for Victory to ponder loss

Melbourne Victory will not have time to dwell on the disappointment of being knocked out of the A-League finals when it faces Shanghai SIPG in the Asian Champions League tonight.

The Victory will look to progress to the knockout stage of the ACL for the first time just a few days after the heartbreak of its 2-1 defeat by Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

That was a game the Melbourne side dominated for long periods and looked like winning when Besart Berisha scored the opener with just four minutes remaining.

Goals from Matt McKay and Thomas Broich spoiled Kevin Muscat's night, but the Victory coach said there was no time to dwell.

"It's going to have to be done quickly," he said of getting over Friday's disappointment.

"We've got to get ourselves up pretty quickly. I shouldn't imagine it will be too hard to pick ourselves back up."

One win from the final two group games against Shanghai and Gamba Osaka will be enough for Victory to move through.

It won't be easy though, with the Chinese Super League club having won all three of its last ACL games since losing to Melbourne 2-1 in February.

Shanghai, coached by former England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson, needs just a point from tonight's match to qualify for the last 16.

Goran-Eriksson will want a victory, which would secure top spot and home advantage in the next round, but he admitted Muscat's team would be a tough nut to crack.



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