Abu Dhabi: Abdulmajeed Al Ruwali netted a pair of goals as Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia secured top spot in Group A of the AFC Champions League with a 2-1 win over runners-up Al Jazira of the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.
Tehran: A second-half brace from Boubacar Kebe and a goal from Mohammad Ghazi gave Esteghlal a 3-1 victory over Qatar’s Al Rayyan on Wednesday, as the Iranian giants finished their 2014 AFC Champions League campaign in third place in Group A.
Pohang: Pohang Steelers coach Hwang Sun-hong is confident the Korean champions can remain on course for a fourth continental title after completing an unbeaten group stage campaign with a goalless draw against Thailand’s Buriram United in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
Jinan: Shandong Luneng coach Cuca bemoaned two minutes of madness following the half-time break that saw his side’s lead over visitors Cerezo Osaka collapse to a 2-1 defeat and with it elimination from the AFC Champions League.
Hiroshima: Coach Hajime Moriyasu hailed a patient and disciplined performance as J.League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima qualified for the last 16 of the AFC Champions League for the first time following a 1-0 win over Australia’s Central Coast Mariners on Wednesday.
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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.