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MELBOURNE, Australia (Kyodo) Kawasaki Frontale’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League took a hit after a 1-0 defeat at Melbourne Victory on Wednesday, but Gamba Osaka edged closer to advancing by beating Singapore’s Armed Forces 3-0.

Kevin Muscat scored Melbourne’s first goal of the competition from a contentious second-half penalty and 21-year-old goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak denied Kawasaki with a series of super stops to help the Australians hang on for maximum points.

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