Victory qualifies for 2019 AFC Champions League

Melbourne Victory qualified for the 2019 AFC Champions League with its Hyundai A-League Grand Final win on Saturday.

Kosta Barbarouses' early goal saw Victory record a 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The result meant Victory, which finished fourth in the regular season, once again qualified for the AFC Champions League.

It marks the seventh time the club has reached the tournament, in which it made the round of 16 in 2016.

Victory narrowly missed out on progressing to the knockout stage this season, finishing third in Group F.

It will be joined in the 2019 AFC Champions League by Sydney FC, while the Jets will enter in the preliminary rounds.