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


Doha: Group G of the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) will be the final group to resume in Qatar when Korea Republic's Suwon Samsung Bluewings take on China PR's Guangzhou Evergrande on November 22 at Khalifa International Stadium. 

With Johor Darul Ta'zim having had to withdraw because of the Malaysian government's travel restrictions due to COVID-19 and their results now classed as null and void, the group features just three teams with Japan's Vissel Kobe completing the line-up.

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Taking into account that Vissel's 5-1 opening-day victory against JDT and the Malaysian side's subsequent 1-0 win over Suwon have now been wiped from the record, just one game has been played so far in the group.

That came back on February 19 when Kyogo Furuhashi struck in the final minute of normal time following a move that involved both Andres Iniesta and Gotoku Sakai as Vissel saw off Suwon 1-0 at Suwon World Cup Stadium.

Group G - MD2: Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0-1 Vissel Kobe

Guangzhou, meanwhile, had yet to kick off their AFC Champions League campaign by the time the competition was halted in early March. Since then, the trio have failed to hit the heights expected in their domestic leagues.

Fabio Cannavaro's Guangzhou did produce a strong Chinese Super League campaign as the competition switched from its usual format to two groups followed by a knockout round but ultimately they fell just short of a ninth title in 10 years after defeat to Jiangsu Suning FC in the final.

Vissel have endured a poor season and find themselves languishing in the bottom half of the J1 League; however, with relegation scrapped this year they can look ahead to the Continental competition in the hope it can spark a revival of fortunes.

Like the Japanese side, Suwon also found themselves in the lower reaches of the table for much of the season, but four wins from their final six K League 1 games did see them move well clear of the drop zone meaning they go into the AFC Champions League's resumption on the back of an excellent run.

With Group G featuring two former Continental champions in Guangzhou and Suwon as well as a FIFA World Cup and multiple-time UEFA Champions League winner in Iniesta, it is arguably the most decorated in Qatar. Two will advance and one will exit; the stage is set for an intense two weeks of action.


Fixtures:

Nov. 22: Suwon Samsung Bluewings vs Guangzhou Evergrande
Nov. 25: Guangzhou Evergrande vs Vissel Kobe
Nov. 28: Vissel Kobe vs Guangzhou Evergrande
Dec. 1: Guangzhou Evergrande vs Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Dec. 4: Vissel Kobe vs Suwon Samsung Bluewings

Poll ends at 16:00 (UTC +8) on November 22.

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