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Kuala Lumpur: After six enthralling rounds of fixtures, the group stage of the 2017 AFC Champions League finally drew to a close on Wednesday as the eight remaining qualification spots for the last 16 were secured.

Ahead of a two-week break until the hotly anticipated knockout rounds begin, the-AFC.com takes time out to highlight some of the key statistics from another exciting week of action.

Magic Mehdi

Mehdi Taremi netted the AFC Champions League’s second hat-trick of the group stage. Three goals from seven attempts moved the hitman to top of the scoring charts with six goals.

Shooting practice

Mohammed Al Saiari’s nine shots on goal was more than any other player on the continent. The Al Taawoun frontman managed just one goal, though, as the Saudi side crashed out following defeat to Esteghlal.

Mohammed Al Saiari’s nine efforts on goal

Best behaviour

Elkeson’s penalty for Shanghai SIPG against Western Sydney Wanderers was the only spot-kick of the week, while there were just 419 fouls across the 16 games. Both figures mark a Matchday low for the tournament.

My ball

Kawasaki Frontale’s Ryota Oshima touched the ball more times (172) than any other player this week – while also achieving a competition high – against Eastern SC. The midfielder’s 151 successful passes was also a weekly and tournament high.

Back of the (wrong) net

Three own goals marked the most the competition has seen on a single Matchday, although goalkeepers Jamie Young of Brisbane Roar and Lokomotiv’s Mamur Ikramov can count themselves unfortunate. Lekhwiya’s Chico Flores, meanwhile, scored at both ends.

Plucky Playnum

Wattana Playnum’s 12 interceptions in Muangthong United’s 2-1 defeat at Kashima Antlers was not only the highest number this week, but also in the entire group stage. The midfielder has now made more interceptions (34) than anyone else in the competition this year.

Wattana’s 12 interceptions against Kashima Antlers

Safe hands

Esteghlal’s Mehdi Rahmati’s eight saves against Al Taawoun was the highest of the continent’s 32 goalkeepers this week. But Majed Naser of the UAE’s Al Ahli boasts the prouder record after blocking all six of the shots he faced in a 4-0 win over Lokomotiv.

Super Soroush

Soroush Rafiei won more duels (16) than any other player on Matchday Six,despite only playing 68 minutes. As if that contribution wasn’t enough, he also opened the scoring as Persepolis defeated Al Wahda 4-2 to advance to the last 16.

Cross kings

Adelaide United delivered a weekly high of 41 crosses from open play against Jiangsu FC. Their strikers drew a blank, though, as a 1-0 defeat saw the Australian side eliminated.

Pick that one out

A total of 13 goals flew in from outside the box – five more than the previous weekly high – to give the Goal of the Week selectors an almighty headache.

Ji Xiang’s long-range effort secures Jiangsu FC a 1-0 win at Adelaide United

Photos: Lagardère Sports