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2020 AFC Champions League (East) – How it stands: Group E

Doha: There's a three-way tie at the top in the early stages of Group E, while Thai champions Chiangrai United have some work to do after two defeats from two games.

In the only group that has seen all four teams play at least one match, things are intriguingly poised, with three sides: FC Seoul of Korea Republic, Beijing FC of China PR and Australia's Melbourne Victory all on three points.

The A-League side have, however, played a game more, while Thailand's Chiangrai United have lost both of their matches so far in their debut campaign.

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To emphasise the tight nature of Group E, all three matches played to date have been decided by a single goal. The first of which came on February 11 when Ola Toivonen's penalty gave Melbourne Victory a 1-0 win over Chiangrai United on Matchday One.

The Australians were on the other end of the scoreline on Matchday Two a week later, however, when Park Chu-young's eighth-minute strike was the difference at Seoul World Cup Stadium.

Group E - MD2: FC Seoul 1-0 Melbourne Victory

On the same evening that Park was helping the Korean capital city club past their A-League visitors, Beijing FC were hosted by Chiangrai and, thanks to Wang Ziming's 23rd-minute effort, the Chinese Super League side departed Thailand with all three points in Group E's third 1-0 scoreline.

Group E - MD2: Chiangrai United 0-1 Beijing FC

Beijing FC continued their positive start to their Continental campaign on the domestic front, finishing second in Group B to progress to the 2020 Chinese Super League knockout stage.

Although Bruno Genesio's side were unable to defeat defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande in the semi-final, victory over Shanghai SIPG in the 3rd-4th place playoff did ensure a spot in the 2021 AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs.

Chiangrai United also look like joining Beijing FC in the 2021 Continental competiton, as the Beetles currently sit in second place in the Thai Premier League after a strong showing so far with the 2020-21 season nearing its halfway point.

FC Seoul and Melbourne Victory, meanwhile, had domestic campaigns they will soon want to forget after they finished in ninth place and second bottom respectively after hugely disappointing seasons.


Nov. 21: FC Seoul vs Beijing FC
Nov. 24: Beijing FC vs Melbourne Victory; FC Seoul v Chaingrai United
Nov. 27: Melbourne Victory vs Beijing FC; Chiangrai United vs FC Seoul
Nov. 30: Beijing FC vs FC Seoul; Chiangrai United vs Melbourne Victory
Dec. 3: Melbourne Victory vs FC Seoul; Beijing FC vs Chiangrai United

Poll ends at 16:00 (UTC+8) on November 21.

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