ACL2019 MD6 Toyota Player of the Week: Yasuto Wakizaka
Kuala Lumpur: Yasuto Wakizaka has been named the Toyota Player of the Week after the attacking midfielder bagged a brace in Kawasaki Frontale’s 4-0 away victory at Sydney FC on Tuesday.
Making his first start in the 2019 AFC Champions League, Wakizaka fired his side in front from distance early in the game before finishing off a nice team move to double Kawasaki’s advantage on the 20-minute mark.
The 23-year-old also created a weekly high seven chances for his teammates as he earned a 9.6 rating, although the J.League team narrowly missed out on a place in the knockout rounds after Shanghai SIPG’s victory over Ulsan Hyundai saw the Chinese side claim the Group H runners-up spot.
Shanghai’s Brazilian midfielder Oscar came second in the rankings after he scored a hat-trick in a resounding 5-0 win over Group H winners Ulsan to ensure his team joined the Koreans in the last 16.
Oscar opened the scoring following a lovely give-and-go with countryman Elkeson and then added a second with a sumptuous curling effort from outside the area which was nominated for Goal of the Week.
The 27-year-old, who had nine efforts on goal across the 90 minutes and scored a 9.2 rating, completed his treble with 15 minutes to play as Shanghai progressed to the last 16 for the fourth successive year.
Al Hilal striker Bafetimbi Gomis came third in the Toyota Player of the Week list, with the Frenchman netting twice in the 2-2 draw against Al Duhail to take his tally for the tournament to four.
After levelling the scores with a close-range finish on the half hour, the 33-year-old then fired his side in front from the edge of the area 10 minutes after the interval before the Qatari team grabbed a late equaliser.
Gomis (pictured above) scored a rating of 8.9 and will likely be key to Al Hilal’s chances in the next round when they face Saudi rivals al Al Ahli.
Ao Tanaka is the second Kawasaki player to make this week’s list, with the midfielder scoring his side’s third and completing more successful passes (125) than any other player on the pitch as he earned a rating of 8.8.
Rounding off the top five in the Toyota Player of the Week is Lokomotiv’s Arslanmyrat Amanov, with an 8.6 rating after the Turkmenistan international created two of the Uzbek side’s goals in their 3-2 win over Al Rayyan.
Persepolis midfielder Mahdi Torabi comes in at sixth, also with an 8.6 rating, after a thunderous 30-yard goal and an assist in his side’s 2-0 win over Al Sadd. Al Zawraa’s Mohanad Abdulraheem and Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s Yusuke Minagawa – who scored in wins over Al Wasl and Melbourne Victory respectively – complete the list with 8.5 ratings.