With Victory's qualification hopes for the Round of 16 over, coach Kevin Muscat fielded a youthful side in a bid to give his younger players a chance to shine, in which they certainly achieved with enthusiasm. 

An own goal gave Victory a deserved lead before half-time due to the force of Ken Athiu and Pierce Waring. But Shanghai struck back almost immediately through Lin Chuangyi. 

Jai Ingham headed home Melbourne's second which sealed a victory over a star-studded unit. 

Melbourne Victory

Matthew Acton (GK) - 6.5

One-handed save on Hulk's shot. Should be proud after a great performance in goal. 

Rhys Williams - 7

Great start defensively, calm tackle to thwart Elkeson. Solid but Hulk was lurking late in the second-half and was menacing. 

Ken Athiu - 7

Lively start with timely runs into the area but was just lacking the final product. Provided a brilliant cross to force an own goal. 

Had some chances in the second

Thomas Deng - 7 

Delivered great through balls and looked threatening in the final third.

Joshua Hope - 8

Lively in midfield, kept possession and beat his marker. Brave against quality opposition.

James Donachie - 6.5

Made important interventions in the penalty area. Was hard to beat in the air. 

Pierce Waring - 7.5

Found space well and was boisterous. On the end of Athiu's cross, but the goal stood as an own goal. Combined superbly with Athiu. 

Stefan Nigro - 6

Crucial tackles. Caught up-field but his transition was too late to thwart the attack that lead to the equaliser. Could come down to lack of experience. Did well up against Hulk. 

Jai Ingham - 7

Was a bit lost in the first half as he looked to get in on attack and was poor defensively. But he had an impressive second-half on the wing, topped off by a headed goal. 

Terry Antonis - 8.5

Vital interceptions in the midfield to stop Shanghai's counter-attack, great passes forward.

Had a few tame shots on goal. First-rate assist to Ingham to cap off an outstanding performance.

Christian Theoharous - 8

Quick feet, weaving in and out of defenders with great balance and applied pressure. Most dangerous Victory player on the field, full of energy.

Had a shot on goal that was just wide.


Leigh Broxham - N/A

Didn't do enough to warrant a fair rating.

Cameron McGilp - N/A

Came on late.

Birkan Kirdar - N/A

Great debut for the 16-year-old, but came on too late for a fair rating.