ACL 2017 Quarter-final 2nd Leg Toyota Player of the Week: Carlos Eduardo
Kuala Lumpur: Carlos Eduardo has been named the Toyota Player of the Week after the attacking midfielder netted a stunning hat-trick in Al Hilal’s 3-0 victory over Al Ain on Monday as the Saudi side advanced to the semi-final by the same aggregate scoreline.
The 27-year-old Brazilian opened the scoring on 42 minutes when he headed in Nicolas Milesi’s free-kick from the left, before doubling Al Hilal’s advantage with a superb volley three minutes later. Carlos Eduardo then wrapped up the scoring with 16 minutes of play to complete his hat-trick.
The Brazilian, who gained a rating of 9.4, made 24 successful passes and scored his treble from just five shots on goal to move into joint-second in the scoring charts with seven goals.
Second on this week’s list is another Brazilian, Guangzhou Evergrande’s Alan, who bagged a brace as the two-time champions defeated domestic rivals Shanghai SIPG 5-1 to ensure the tie ended 5-5 on aggregate, only for Guangzhou to lose on penalties.
In addition to his two goals, the former FC Salzburg striker scored his penalty kick, set up one of teammate Ricardo Goulart’s treble and scored a rating of 9.0.
Toshiyuki Takagi comes in at third on the Toyota Player of the Week list with a rating of 8.2 after midfielder netted the decisive goal as Urawa Red Diamonds reversed a 3-1 first-leg deficit to Kawasaki Frontale to win 4-3 on aggregate.
It capped a stupendous night for the 2007 winners, who went one down early on, but showed great resilience to come back. A rating of 8.2 and 34 successful passes means Takagi more than played his part in a night that will live long in the memory.
Tagaki’s teammate Yosuke Kashiwagi is next on the list after scoring an 8.1 rating. The midfielder made 31 successful passes but, more importantly, set up two of his side’s goals in the 4-1 win.
Rounding off the top five is Guangzhou’s second Brazilian striker Ricardo Goulart, who netted a hat-trick and gained a 7.7 rating, before cruelly missing the first and, what proved to be, decisive penalty as the former winners exited.
Two players with 7.5 ratings fill the sixth and seventh spots of the Toyota Player of the Week: Persepolis’ Ali Alipour and Urawa’s Shinzo Koroki, both of whom opened the scoring for their teams as they ultimately advanced to the semi-finals.
And completing the top eight is the fourth Urawa player on the list, Ryota Moriwaki, who made an impressive 61 successful passes and claimed an assist as domestic rivals Kawasaki were put to the sword.
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