Quarter-final, First Leg Toyota Player of the Week: Dejan Damjanovic

Kuala Lumpur: Dejan Damjanovic was at the double as Suwon Samsung Bluewings shocked two-time AFC Champions League winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3-0 in Jeonju, with the man from Montenegro earning himself the Toyota Player of the Week accolade.

Damjanovic's brace took his total AFC Champions League tally to 34 goals, just two off the all-time record held by Jeonbuk veteran Lee Dong-gook.

The 37-year-old's strikes came from three shots on target and he also won eight duels, had 48 touches and completed 27 passes to earn an impressive 8.9 rating.

Second in this week’s ranking is another player who shone in the East, Serginho (pictured below), whose stunning strike helped Kashima Antlers to a 2-0 win at home over Chinese Super League visitors Tianjin Quanjian.


Serginho's compatriot Leo Silva had opened the scoring for Kashima on the hour-mark, before he added a stunning second in the 72nd minute when he rocketed a left-foot effort from 25 yards past Zhang to mark his AFC Champions League debut in style. 

In a fine all round performance, the forward also made three chances for his teammates, won two fouls, completed 31 passes and had three shots on goal to earn a 7.6 score.

Al Duhail full-back Murad Naji takes third place in the Toyota Player of the Week after the Qatari helped his side to a 1-0 victory over Iranian giants Persepolis in Doha.


An all-action outing saw Naji register 69 touches, complete 54 passes, win two tackles, create one chance as well as having a shot on goal for his 7.6 rating.

Naji's teammate in the Al Duhail backline Lucas Mendes (pictured above) comes in at fourth after the Brazilian was in fine form in Doha. Mendes registered 62 touches, won two tackles and created one chance for his 7.2 score.

Completing this week’s top five is another Qatari club player, Baghdad Bounedjah, who scored twice for Al Sadd as they defeated Esteghlal 3-1 in Tehran. The Algerian also registered an assist to go along with five shots on goal and 23 completed passes for his 7.1 rating.

Another Al Sadd player Akram Afif came sixth with a 7.1 rating, followed by Suwon goalkeeper Shin Hwa-yong on 7.1 and Kashima midfielder Leo Silva on 7.0.

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