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2021 AFC Champions League (East): The Stats Leaders

Kuala Lumpur: With the first stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League (East) concluded, takes a closer look at the numbers that caught the eye following the six rounds of group stage fixtures.

From high-scoring forwards to those that create the goals and win the ball back, we shine the spotlight on the players whose statistics stood out as the continental competition got underway in East Asia.

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Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors' Gustavo was on fire in the group stage, netting seven times to lead the way in the scoring charts in the East. The Brazilian is just two behind overall leading goalscorer Michael Olunga of Al Duhail and, with the Qatari side already eliminated from the competition, there is a good chance he will overtake the Kenya forward.

1. Gustavo, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors – 7
2. Modou Barrow, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors – 6
2. Leandro Damiao, Kawasaki Frontale – 6
2. Patric, Gamba Osaka – 6
5. Edgar, Daegu FC – 5

Chances created

Japan's Kawasaki Frontale were irrepressible in the Group Stage; winning Group I with a perfect record and scoring more than any other side in the East. Midfield playmaker Yasuto Wakizaka was a big part of their impressive attack and he, along with Kitchee SC's Cleiton, created the most chances for his teammates, while also registering the joint-highest number of assists (4).

1. Yasuto Wakizaka, Kawasaki Frontale – 19
1. Cleiton, Kitchee SC – 19
3. Stephan Schrock, United City FC – 16
3. Diogo, BG Pathum United – 16
5. An Yong-woo, Daegu FC – 15


A young Beijing FC side were often on the backfoot in their matches against more experienced opponents, but the team did not lack for effort and workrate and captain Liang Shaowen, in particular, made a name for himself. As well as leading the way in clearances, he also scored a memorable goal in their 1-1 draw with United City FC on Matchday One.

1. Liang Shaowen, Beijing FC – 44
2. Brinner, Chiangrai United – 42
3. Ruan Qilong, Beijing FC – 34
4. Park Jun-hyung, Kitchee SC – 28
5. Wang Wenxuan, Guangzhou FC – 27

Duels won

Kitchee SC midfielder Cleiton was out in front when it came to duels won, with the Brazilian leading the way with 57, some distance ahead of United City FC captain Stephan Schrock (38) and compatriot Bill (38), although his side, like that of Schrock and Bill, fell at the first hurdle.

1. Cleiton, Kitchee SC – 57
2. Stephan Schrock, United City FC – 38
2. Bill, Chiangrai United – 38
4. Leandro Velazquez, Johor Darul Ta'zim – 37
4. Edgar, Daegu FC – 37
4. Gustavo, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors – 37

Successful passes

When it comes to ball retention, the sides who qualified from Group G led the way with midfielder Sin Jin-ho from Pohang Steelers and Nagoya Grampus defender Shinnosuke Nakatani the top two passers.

1. Sin Jin-ho, Pohang Steelers – 423
2. Shinnosuke Nakatani, Nagoya Grampus – 413
3. Kyoga Nakamura, Tampines Rovers – 379
4. Koh Myong-jin, Ulsan Hyundai – 374
5. Ko Seul-gi, Port FC – 344

Shooting accuracy (minimum 10 shots)

Of those who have had at least 10 shots, Nagoya Grampus' Ryogo Yamasaki (11 shots) leads the way with a shooting accuracy of 72.7 percent, followed by countryman Kei Chinen of Kawasaki Frontale (14 shots) on 71.4 percent. Indeed, unsurprisingly, top scorers Kawasaki dominate this field with three of the top five from the Japanese champions.

1. Ryogo Yamasaki, Nagoya Grampus – 72.7%
2. Kei Chinen, Kawasaki Frontale – 71.4%
3. Dejan Damjanovic, Kitchee SC – 70%
3. Leandro Damiao, Kawasaki Frontale – 70%
5. Tatsuya Hasegawa, Kawasaki Frontale – 58.3%


While it was a slightly disappointing debut campaign for Ratchaburi after losing their first four Group G ties, the team from Thailand did bounce back to finish their campaign strongly with two creditable draws, and cleansheets, against more experienced sides in Pohang Steelers and Johor Darul Ta'zim. Kampol Pathom-Attakul was their standout with some impressive saves.

1. Kampol Pathom-Attakul, Ratchaburi FC – 35
2. Guo Quanbo, Beijing FC – 30
3. Zhang Jianzhi, Guangzhou FC – 23
4. Syazwan Buhari, Tampines Rovers – 21
5. Chatchai Budprom, BG Pathum United – 18


Chen Rijin of Guangzhou FC made more interceptions than any other player in the group stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League (East), with his 17 three ahead of his nearest contender, Liang Shaowen of Beijing FC.

1. Chen Rijin, Guangzhou FC – 17
2. Liang Shaowen, Beijing FC – 14
2. Marco Casembre, Kaya FC-Iloilo – 14
4. Shin Kwang-hoon, Pohang Steelers – 13
5. David Rochela, Port FC – 12

Dribbles completed

Finally, when it comes to dribbles completed it was Cleiton, who rated highly in a number of our stats categories, who comes out on top. The Kitchee SC star was just one ahead of Port FC's Sergio Suarez, who like Cleiton also featured in Group J.

1. Cleiton, Kitchee SC – 17
2. Sergio Suarez, Port FC – 16
3. Cesinha, Daegu FC – 14
3. Armin Bosnjak, Tampines Rovers – 14
5. Kyoga Nakamura, Tampines Rovers – 13

Poll ends at 23:00 (UTC+8) on July 18.

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