ACL 2019 SF First Leg Toyota Player of the Week: Bafetimbi Gomis
Kuala Lumpur: Bafetimbi Gomis has been named as the Toyota Player of the Week after the striker scored a brace in Al Hilal's 4-1 victory away at Al Sadd on Tuesday to help his side put one foot into the 2019 AFC Champions League Final.
However, it was far from an ideal start for Gomis in Doha as he inadverently netted past his own 'keeper on 14 minutes to give the hosts the lead. The Frenchman bounced back, though, netting twice in the right goal to steer Al Hilal to a convincing win at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium.
As well as his double, which came from three shots on target, Gomis also created three chances for his teammates as he earned an 8.7 rating.
From the other side of the continent, Takahiro Sekine (below), came in second in this week’s rankings after the Urawa Red Diamonds winger scored in the Japanese side's 2-0 win over Guangzhou Evergrande of China PR.
Not only did the Saitama-native score the game's crucial second goal with a stunning strike, he also got the assist for Fabricio's opener and created two chances for teammates for his 7.8 rating.
The 24-year-old, who missed out on Urawa's 2017 AFC Champions League title following his move to Europe, will look to get a second chance of Continental glory by seeing out the semi-final second leg on October 23.
Potentially facing Sekine in the final could be Al Hilal goalkeeper Abdullah Al Mayoof (below), who claimed third spot after the custodian's fine performance against Al Sadd where he registered a save percentage of 80%.
The 32-year-old kept out the Al Sadd attack, despite being beaten by his own player, made four saves and completed 30 passes to receive a 7.8 rating.
Urawa's Fabricio enters the list at number four with a 7.2 rating. The midfielder's spectacular opener took the headlines when he beat Guangzhou 'keeper Zeng Cheng from 25 yards out with a swerving drive. The Brazilian's goal came from four shots, two of which were on target, and he also made 22 passes.
Completing the top five is young Asian star, Akram Afif of Al Sadd, with a 7.1 rating after he created three chances in their loss to Al Hilal.
Al Hilal's Ali Al Bulayhi and Urawa's Tomoaki Makino are next with 6.9 ratings, and they are followed by a fourth Al Hilal player Mohammed Al Burayk who received a 6.7 rating.