AFC Champions League

Kawasaki: Kawasaki Frontale coach Yahiro Kazama hopes the home comforts of Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium will prove crucial in Tuesday’s meeting with Australia’s Western Sydney Wanderers in the AFC Champions League with the J.League side’s continental campaign on the line.

Two-time quarter-finalists Kawasaki had started the campaign well with a 1-0 home win over China’s Guizhou Renhe.

But Kazama’s J.League side have since suffered back-to-back away defeats by Korea Republic’s Ulsan Hyundai and Western Sydney to slip down to third place in the Group H table and they could be eliminated with a third defeat of the campaign on Tuesday.

Kawasaki, though, are boosted by Friday’s 1-0 home win over Nagoya Grampus which followed on from the previous week’s 4-0 away success over FC Tokyo following their return from Australia.

“We will be able to play at our home stadium on Tuesday so I want us to produce our best performance to get a good result,” said Kawasaki coach Kazama with his side three points adrift of second-placed Western Sydney with three games remaining.

“I expect that our team will produce a good performance. If we can perform our style on the pitch we can get a good result so we should concentrate on tomorrow's match.”

Last month’s win lifted AFC Champions League debutants Western Sydney up to second place in the Group H table, leaving Tony Popovic’s side just a point adrift of table-toppers Ulsan having beaten Guizhou in China a week earlier and potentially just a win away from a place in the last 16.

And despite the weekend’s 2-1 defeat by Central Coast Mariners, which saw Western Sydney slip to third place in the A-League table, Popovic insists his side have made the trip to Japan full of confidence following last month’s 1-0 win over Kawasaki which was secured thanks to a Labinot Haliti’s early strike at Parramatta Stadium.

“I expect it will be very tough for us playing against Frontale, but we have confidence now because we beat them in the last match,” said Popovic, who knows his side can secure qualification for the last 16 with two games to spare should they win and Guizhou fail to beat Ulsan.

“I want to win Tuesday’s match and improve following our performance in the last match.”

 

 

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ACL 2014: Top Goal Scorers

POS PHOTO PLAYER COUNTRY TOTAL GOALS
1 ASAMOAH GYAN AL AIN (UAE) 7
2 NASSIR ALSHAMRANI AL HILAL (KSA) 6
3 VAGNER LOVE SHANDONG LUNENG FC (CHN) 5
4 MEHDI SHARIFI FOOLAD MOBARAKEH SEPAHAN (IRN) 4
5 ABDELAZIZ BARRADA AL JAZIRA (UAE) 4

ACL: Match Reports

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Wednesday April 16, 2014

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.

ACL: Match Previews

ACL MD6: Al Ain vs Al Ittihad Preview
Monday April 21, 2014

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.

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60 Minutes campaign takes centre stage
Thursday February 27, 2014

Kuala Lumpur: The AFC’s 60 Minutes ‘Don’t Delay! campaign took centre stage in the opening matches of the AFC Champions League 2014 group stage on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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