Pohang: Thailand’s Buriram United saw their hopes of a place in the last 16 of the AFC Champions League for a second consecutive season ended following a goalless draw with Group E winners Pohang Steelers on Wednesday.
Jinan: Japan’s Cerezo Osaka qualified for the last 16 of the AFC Champions League for the second time after beating Shandong Luneng 2-1 on Wednesday to deny the Chinese Super League their first appearance in the knockout stage since a quarter-final appearance in 2005.
Seoul: FC Seoul put their domestic troubles behind them to secure a 2-1 win over Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan on Wednesday evening that sees Choi Yong-soo’s team progress to the Round of 16 in the 2014 AFC Champions League.
Hiroshima: J.League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima qualified for the last 16 of the AFC Champions League for the first time after edging out Central Coast Mariners 1-0 on Wednesday to deny the A-League side a second consecutive appearance in the knockout stage.
Riyadh: Al Hilal technical director Sami Al Jaber felt that his team were fully deserving of their 1-0 win over Iranian side Sepahan on Tuesday which sent them through to the knockout stage of the AFC Champions League for a seventh consecutive time.
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Riyadh: Al Shabab coach Amar Souayah described his team’s match against Esteghlal as a ‘cup final’ after the Saudi club overcame the Iranian side 2-1 with a pair of late goals at the King Fahd International Stadium.
Al Ain: Al Ain coach Zlatko Dalic wants his team to stamp their authority on Group C with a win against Al Ittihad on Tuesday when they host the Saudi club in their final opening round game of the AFC Champions League.