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2019 Quarter-Finals: Stats & Facts


Kuala Lumpur: With the first of the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finals just a day away, the-AFC.com takes a closer look at the eight remaining sides battling it out to be crowned kings of Asia. 

Taking into account only figures from teams and players still involved in the Continental competition, we’ve hand-picked some of the stats and facts that have caught the eye.

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Oscar Winner

Shanghai SIPG’s Oscar is undoubtedly among the 2019 AFC Champions League’s top performers and his stats back that up, with the Brazilian boasting a tournament leading 29 chances created and four assists.

The 27-year-old also has had more touches (707) than any other player, more shots from outside the box (8) and more crosses from open play (40), while he is just one of four players to have netted a hat-trick in the competition.


Goal-getters

With seven goals to his name, Al Hilal’s Bafetimbi Gomis is the top scorer of the players still in the competition, although the Frenchman still needs two to catch Al Wahda’s Leonardo’s tally of nine.

But while the Riyadh side may boast the player most likely to find the back of the net, their quarter-final opponents Al Ittihad are the leading scorers in the tournament, having netted 19 goals in just eight games.


Golden Oldies

Of the players still remaining in the competition, Kashima Antlers’ Hitoshi Sogahata, born on August 2, 1979, is the oldest; however, the 40-year-old reserve goalkeeper to Kwoun Sun-tae has just 45 minutes of game time to his name so far.

Given that Sogahata is unlikely to play against Guangzhou Evergrande, their opponents' long-serving captain Zheng Zhi, born 18 days later on August 20, is likely to be the senior statesman of the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finals.


Dangerous Positions

Top scorer in 2018 with a record-equaling 13 goals, Baghdad Bounedjah has struggled to find the net with such regularity this time round and has just two goals to his name.

Not through want of trying, though, as Al Sadd’s main marksman has touched the ball more times in the opposition penalty area (68) than any other player, although he has been been flagged offside a tournament high 15 times.


Keep-ball

Of the eight sides still fighting it out for Continental glory, it’s quarter-final newcomers Al Nassr who have enjoyed the most possession, with their 59.56 percent some way ahead of city rivals Al Hilal’s 55.38 percent.

Preview : 2019 Quarter-Finals

Conversely, Shanghai SIPG have spent the least time on the ball, with the Chinese Super League team’s average possession over their eight games at just 44.29 percent.


Wood You Believe It?

Hulk’s goals have again helped fire Shanghai SIPG into the quarter-finals yet the forward could argue he’s the most unlucky player in the tournament, having struck the woodwork an incredible five times in his seven appearances.

No team’s combined total is higher than the big Brazilian’s, with Al Hilal and Urawa Red Diamonds having both hit the post or crossbar five times, one behind Shanghai’s competition-leading total of six.


No Way Past

Despite playing in just six of Urawa’s eight games, Mauricio Antonio’s 20 interceptions is more than any of his teammates and highest of all the remaining players in the tournament.

With the ability of Oscar to pick out those in front of him, Antonio’s positional awareness could prove invaluable against Shanghai.


Never Say Die

In eight matches, Al Nassr have managed to claw their way back from losing positions to gain victories three times, with their back-to-back come-from-behind victories against Al Zawraa in the group stage reigniting their campaign.

Then, in the last 16, the Riyadh side were one down against Al Wahda and heading for the exit door before repeating their feat to claim a 3-2 win to advance.

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