Matchday Three: What They Said
Kuala Lumpur: Another exciting round of games in the 2019 AFC Champions League took the group stage to its midway point last week.
With some teams now starting to eye knockout round qualification and others trying to salvage their campaigns, the-AFC.com takes a look at how those involved reflected on their latest matches.
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Esteghlal captain Pejman Montazeri played up the significance of his side’s 2-1 victory over Al Hilal in Group C as the Iranian side moved within two points of their opponents.
Hamid Ismaeil was full of praise for Xavi Hernandez after the skipper scored twice in Al Sadd’s 2-2 draw against Pakhtakor on Tuesday.
He’s still got it 🔥— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 9, 2019
Xavi Hernandez lights up the Asian Champions League with two stunning goals for Al Sadd. pic.twitter.com/84umttEDbE
Marouane Fellaini was happy to open his AFC Champions League account but insisted the three points was the most important thing after Shandong Luneng’s 2-1 win over Johor Darul Ta’zim.
A draw away to Al Duhail was an excellent result, claimed Al Ain goalkeeper Khalid Eisa after his team came from two down to salvage a point.
Shanghai SIPG ‘s Yu Hai reflected on a thrilling 3-3 draw between the Chinese side and Sydney FC in Australia in what was the highest-scoring game of the week.
Persepolis’s 2-0 victory over Al Ahli on Tuesday has put them back in the hunt for knockout round qualification, according to midfielder Bashar Resan.
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“You can’t afford to make mistakes because they have that quality, especially in the final third of the field, where they can really take control of the game and even against the run of play they can punish you.”
Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri on his side’s performance in the 4-0 defeat to Guangzhou Evergrande that means the Australian team are still seeking their first point in Group F.
“We showed it in the first two games and today in the second half. The challenge for us is to try to improve and maintain this level. We have to look to play like this throughout the whole game and not just for one half."
Johor Darul Ta'zim captain Hariss Harun said his team must show consistency across 90 minutes after their 2-1 defeat to Shandong Luneng kept them bottom of the Group E standings.
60' - WHAT A GOAL from Safawi! 2-1 #JDT!— FOX Sports LIVE! (@FSAsiaLive) April 9, 2019
Safawi Rasid has scored a stunner as he battles Shandong Luneng defender and still manages to find the top corner from a long distance! @OfficialJohor have reduced the deficit here! #SDLvJDT #ACL2019 pic.twitter.com/geEgFcru8X
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