Melbourne Victory stayed alive in Asia, but it seems all but over for Sydney FC.
Kevin Muscat’s team downed Kawasaki Frontale with a late Kosta Barbarouses goal in a frantic contest at AAMI Park.
That result lifts Victory level with Ulsan Hyundai on five points following their defeat against Shanghai SIPG.
Meanwhile, the Sky Blues’ hopes of progression to the last 16 appear dashed following their draw with Kashima Antlers.
Sydney fell behind to a third goal from three corners against Antlers but equalised through Matt Simon.
However it was not enough and they remain at the foot of Group H.