Kevin Muscat's reign at Melbourne Victory is over, the club legend taking leave from his coaching tenure with a 3-1 loss to Sanfrecce Hirosima in the AFC Champions League.
On an eerie night at AAMI Park, the A-League powerhouses said farewell to Muscat, captain Carl Valeri and marquee Keisuke Honda.
There was plenty of love from the crowd of 6,053, which sang and cheered for their departing trio. But in keeping with Victory's unfortunate campaign in Asia, they were undone by two world-class goals.
Melbourne Victory have never known life without Kevin Muscat but soon will after the four-time A-League champion agreed an exit from the club.
Muscat, the club's foundation captain and longest serving coach, has decided the time is right to leave the A-League powerhouse and will depart after Wednesday's AFC Champions League match with Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Keisuke Honda is hunting his next "great opportunity" as he seeks to keep his football career alive to the Tokyo Olympics next year.
Honda's A-League career was cut one game shorter than hoped last Sunday night as Melbourne Victory's season was brutally ended by Sydney FC.
The 32-year-old has one match remaining for Victory; a inconsequential AFC Champions League tie against Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Wednesday night.
The match will conjure sad pictures of what might have been this season for both Victory...