Ahvaz: Foolad Khouzestan coach Hossein Faraki felt that the home crowd at the Ghadir Stadium played their part on Wednesday as they helped his side to recover from an early deficit against Qatar’s El Jaish to win 3-1 and book their passage to the knockout stage of the AFC Champions League for the first time.
Doha: A late own goal by Cho Yong Hyung settled a five-goal thriller as Al Jazira of the United Arab Emirates closed in on the last 16 of the AFC Champions League with a 3-2 away win over Qatari side Al Rayyan on Wednesday.
Tashkent: Bunyodkor caretaker coach Aleksandr Volkov praised the persistence shown by his players that helped turn a 2-1 deficit with seven minutes remaining into a 3-2 victory against Al Fateh to keep alive their AFC Champions League Round of 16 hopes.
Buriram: Despite enjoying a crucial win in his first match in charge of Buriram United, newly-appointed coach Bozidar Bandovic admitted that there is still room for improvement by his side after their 1-0 victory over China’s Shandong Luneng on Wednesday.
Gosford: FC Seoul coach Choi Yong-soo has vowed the former finalists will continue to fight until the end next week against China’s Beijing Guoan after snatching a last-gasp win over Australia’s Central Coast Mariners on Wednesday which kept their AFC Champions League qualification hopes alive.
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Mekkah: Al Ittihad coach Khalid Al Koroni expressed his delight after two-time winners Al Ittihad joined Al Ain in the last 16 of the AFC Champions League with a 2-0 win over 10-man Iranian side Tractorsazi Tabriz on Tuesday.
Riyadh: Home team Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia come into Wednesday night’s Group A fixture against Iran’s Esteghlal at the top of the group and riding high from their King’s Cup quarter-final win over fellow AFC Champions league side Al Hilal last Friday.