AFC Champions League 2017: Weekly Stats Wrap
Kuala Lumpur: With the 2017 AFC Champions League now in full swing after another three days of exciting action on Matchday Four, the-AFC.com highlights some of the key statistics from a week that saw China’s Jiangsu FC become the first team to advance to the knockout phase.
Persistence pays off (sometimes)
Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia’s Omar Al Soma (2) and Lekhwiya duo Nam Tae-hee (1) and Almoez Ali (1) all scored after making six attempts at goal. Conversely, Persepolis’s Mehdi Taremi (7) and Ahmed Khalil (6) of the UAE’s Al Ahli both failed to register a goal.
Persepolis and Al Rayyan missed four big chances apiece in their scoreless draw, as did Shanghai SIPG as they lost 1-0 to Urawa Red Diamonds. Taremi missed all four of his side’s big chances – including a penalty – and spare a thought for Shanghai’s Oscar, who twice failed from the spot on his son’s first birthday.
No goalkeeper made more saves than Vahid Sheikhveisi’s seven for Esteghlal Khouzestan in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Lekhwiya. A special mention for Urawa Red Diamonds’ Shusaku Nishikawa – one of five ‘keepers to make six saves – as his stunning penalty tip onto the bar from Oscar helped keep Shanghai SIPG at bay in a 1-0 victory.
Brazilian striker Johnathan scored twice from just two attempts at goal in Suwon Samsung Bluewings’ 5-0 victory over Eastern SC. His teammate Ko Seung-beom and FC Seoul’s Dejan Damjanovic – whose side defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 – both found the back of the net two times from three attempts.
Over to you
Lekhwiya and Al Ain created 18 chances each as the Qataris beat Esteghlal Khouzestan 2-1 and the Emiratis tied 2-2 with Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli. Jeju United’s Lee Chang-min teed up his teammates eight times in their 3-1 defeat to Adelaide, equaling Omar Abdulrahman’s tournament best from Matchday One.
Esteghlal came out on top in a weekly high of 82 duels and countrymen Persepolis 70 as the Tehran sides recorded draws against Lokomotiv and Al Rayyan respectively. Kawasaki Frontale’s Rhayner takes the individual accolade, with the Brazilian winning 18 duels in his team’s scoreless stalemate with Guangzhou Evergrande.
Tough to handle
Rhayner also drew in nine fouls from the visiting Chinese team, as did FC Seoul’s Brazilian Maurinho in his side’s 3-2 victory at Western Sydney Wanderers.
Rhayner heavily involved in Kawasaki Frontale’s 0-0 draw with Guangzhou Evergrande.
Adelaide United and FC Seoul picked up a weekly high of five yellow cards apiece in their respective victories over Jeju and Western Sydney Wanderers. No side committed more fouls than Lekhwiya’s 22 against Esteghlal Khouzestan.
Possession not they key
No team had less possession than Jiangsu FC’s paltry 27.23% in their 3-0 win over Gamba Osaka, who, despite stringing together 600 successful passes – second only to Suwon (633) – created just six chances and registered no shots on target. In contrast, Jiangsu scored three from eight shots on target.
Clearing your lines
Al Rayyan made an incredible 50 clearances against Persepolis while Eastern (43) were next on the list, although the Hong Kong outfit conceded five. Jiangsu’s Hong Jeong-ho made exactly half of Jiangsu’s 38 clearances, eight more than any other player on the continent.