AFC Champions League 2017

AFC Champions League Group Stage Stats Wrap

Friday, May 19, 2017
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Kuala Lumpur: With the dust settled on the AFC Champions League Group Stage and the knockout rounds fast approaching, 16 teams are left to fight it out for continental glory.

Three months since the first ball was kicked in the tournament proper, looks back on some of the standout statistics from what has been a memorable six rounds of fixtures so far.

Hot shots

Omar Al Soma’s 26 efforts on goal was more than anyone else on the continent and the Al Ahli (KSA) striker has an impressive four goals to his name. Persepolis’s Mehdi Taremi may have one less attempt but is the tournament’s top scorer with seven goals.

Silva worth his weight in goals

When it comes to taking chances, Rafael Da Silva is the real threat. Urawa Red Diamonds’ Brazilian hitman has netted five times from just eight attempts – a 62.5% shot conversion rate that is bettered by no one.

Rafeal Da Silva scores the only goal of the game against Shanghai SIPG

Naughty step

Al Rayyan (17), Adelaide United (16) and Western Sydney Wanderers (15) amassed the most yellow cards, while Lokomotiv (106), Western Sydney (105) and FC Seoul (103) were top of the pile in terms of fouls committed. All five were eliminated.

Gratitude deserved for Al Mosailem

Yasser Al Mosailem made 13 more saves (39) than any other ‘keeper on the continent. While Al Ahli let in seven goals in six games, the custodian’s 84.44% save success rate suggests the Saudi side may not be in the last 16 without their reliable man between the sticks.

Irreplaceable Omar

It’s no surprise that Omar Abdulrahman created the most goals in the Group Stage and his five assists makes for fine reading. Add to that five goals and the 2016 AFC Player of the Year has played a direct role in 10 of Al Ain’s 14 goals.

Keep-ball kings

Kawasaki Frontale held the ball for two-thirds (66.52%) of their time on the pitch over six games. Unbeaten so far and with the joint best defensive record, opposition coaches should get back to the drawing board ahead of the knockout phase.

Fortress Muangthong

One of the sides Kawasaki share that defensive record with is Muangthong United, whose goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan has kept a continental best four clean sheets. The teams face off in the round of 16.

The dictators

Eduardo Neto’s 378 successful passes in 393 minutes on the pitch equates to a pass almost every minute for the Kawasaki Frontale man. Just as admirable is Abdullah Otayf’s 95.48% success rate from 199 passes, which makes the Al Hilal player the most reliable distributor of the Group Stage.

Pick that one out

Half of Jeju United’s 12 goals have come from outside the penalty box, two more than second-placed FC Seoul. Urawa Red Diamonds stopper Shusaku Nishikawa should remain alert in the last 16 ahead of their trip to Jeju.

Duel supreme

Al Wahda’s Jorge Valdivia has won a tournament-leading 62 duels – exactly two-thirds of the number he contested – but will play no further part after the Emirati side were eliminated. Karim Boudiaf posted the best success rate, meanwhile, as the Lekhwiya midfielder won 68.85 of his 61 duels.