AFC Champions League 2017: Midway point stat attack
Kuala Lumpur: As the Group Stage of the 2017 AFC Champions League hits the midway point, and the continental competition takes a break ahead of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualifiers, the-AFC.com takes a look at some of the standout statistics from the first three rounds of matches.
Lekhwiya’s Youssef El Arabi has the highest shot conversion rate on the continent, scoring three goals from his five attempts on goal.
The Moroccan forward is followed by Kashima Antlers’ Yuma Suzuki, Kim In-sung of Ulsan Hyundai, Zobahan’s Jerry Bengtson and Liao Lisheng of Guangzhou Evergrande, all of whom have netted twice from five efforts.
Strike it unlucky
No team has struck the woodwork more than Jeju United’s four times, with their Brazilian forward Marcelo Toscano as well as Omar Al Soma of Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli and Dejan Damjanovic of FC Seoul twice being denied by the frame of the goal.
King of the assists
Yeom Ki-hun has laid on three goals in three games including coming off the bench to tee up teammate Johnathan in Suwon Samsung Bluewings’ 1-0 win over Eastern SC on Matchday Three. And his ball also led to Shogo Taniguchi’s own goal against Kawasaki, meaning he has played a part in all four of Suwon's goals.
Kawasaki Frontale have enjoyed 67.5% of the possession in their three group stage games, ahead of FC Seoul and Al Ain on 64.7% and 61.59% respectively, while Eastern have been kept busy, spending just 24.69% of game time on the ball.
Using your head
Both Lekhwiya and Al Rayyan have netted six times but, perhaps more significantly, the Qatari sides have scored three of those goals with their head, more than any other team.
Yasser Al Mosailem of Al Ahli has blocked a tournament-leading 24 shots over three games and boasts a save percentage rate of 88.46%, the highest of his fellow custodians who have played in all three group games.
Up for the challenge
Brazilians Hulk and Ramires have won a competition-leading 36 duels and, in doing so, have helped Shanghai SIPG and Jiangsu FC post the competition’s only 100% records. The pair have also scored five goals between them.
Of Omar Abdulrahman’s 236 passes, the Al Ain playmaker has delivered 58 of them into the final third, 17 more than second-placed Karim Boudiaf of Lekhwiya.
Good boys, bad boys
Muangthong United have conceded just 25 fouls over the three games, but only Zobahan have yet to receive a booking. Al Rayyan, meanwhile, have conceded 61 fouls and picked up 10 yellow cards.
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