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2021 AFC Champions League (West): The Stats Leaders


Kuala Lumpur: With the first stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League (West) concluded, the-AFC.com 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 West Asia.

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Goals

Al Duhaul SC's Michael Olunga produced a memorable group stage, netting nine goals in six games to lead the way in the scoring charts. The Kenyan, however, missed a crucial penalty on Matchday Six as a 1-1 draw with Al Ahli Saudi FC ultimately meant the Doha side were eliminated from the tournament.

1. Michael Olunga – 9
2. Cheick Diabate, Esteghlal – 5
3. Mohammad Abbaszadeh, Tractor FC – 4
3. Omar Al Soma, Al Ahli Saudi FC – 4
3. Abderazzak Hamdallah, Al Nassr FC – 4
3. Shahriyar Moghanlou, Persepolis FC – 4
3. Zafar Poivonov, AGMK FC – 4


Chances created

After a short stint in Qatar saw Mahdi Torabi miss Persepolis FC's run to the 2020 final, the Iranian international has returned to the Tehran club and he was in fine form in the group stage, creating 20 chances for his teammates. He also leads the way with assists, with five from six games.

1. Mahdi Torabi, Persepolis FC – 20
2. Edmilson Junior, Al Duhail SC – 19
3. Almoez Ali, Al Duhail SC – 17
4. Khalil Ibrahim, Al Wahda – 16
4. Omid Alishah, Persepolis FC – 16


Clearances

FC Istiklol's Ukrainian duo at the back, Oleksiy Larin and Andriy Mishchenko were kept busy but proved resilient, making 44 and 43 clearances respectively as the Tajik side advanced to the knockout rounds at the first time of asking.

1. Oleksiy Larin, FC Istiklol – 44
2. Andriy Mishchenko, FC Istiklol – 43
3. James Donachie, FC Goa – 30
3. Mohammed Al Fatil, Al Ahli Saudi FC – 30
5. Yazan Al Arab, Al Wehdat – 28
5. Abdullah Ghanim, Sharjah – 28


Duels won

Veteran midfielder Chimba was out in front when it came to duels won, with the Brazilian coming out on top in 58, ahead of Yacine Brahimi (53) and Luanzinho (47), although his side, Foolad Khouzestan FC, fell at the first hurdle.

1. Chimba, Foolad Khouzestan – 58
2. Yacine Brahimi, Al Rayyan – 53
3. Luanzinho, Sharjah – 47
4. Ibrahim Bayesh, Air Force Club – 44
5. Abdulelah Alamri – 40


Successful passes

When it comes to ball retention, Al Hilal SFC dominate the list, with the top four highest-ranked players all from the Riyadh club. Mohamed Kanno leads the way, while Abdullah Otayf, Jang Hyun-soo and Ali Albulayhi also feature.

1. Mohamed Kanno, Al Hilal SFC – 487
2. Abullah Otayf, Al Hilal SFC – 459
3. Jang Hyun-soo, Al Hilal SFC – 393
4. Ali Albulayhi, Al Hilal SFC – 384
5. Karim Boudiaf – 359


Shooting accuracy (minimum 10 shots)

Of those who have had at least 10 shots, Al Ahli Saudi FC's Abdulrahman Ghareeb (12 shots) leads the way with a shooting accuracy of 88.89 percent, followed by teammate Driss Fettouhi (10 shots) on 87.5 percent.

1. Abdulrahman Ghareeb, Al Ahli Saudi FC – 88.89%
2. Driss Fettouhi, Al Ahli Saudi FC – 87.5%
3. Carlos Eduardo, Shabab Al Ahli Dubai – 83.33%
4. Boualem Khouki, Al Sadd – 71.43%
5. Mohammad Abbaszadeh, Tractor FC – 70%
5. Mehdi Ghaedi, Esteghlal FC – 70%


Saves

FC Goa's young goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh certainly made a name for himself on his continental debut, pulling off a tournament-leading 26 saves in just five games, among them a number of memorable efforts that earned high praise from impressed observers.

1. Dheeraj Singh, FC Goa – 26
2. Mohammed Al Owais, Al Ahli Saudi FC – 24
3. Ahmed Basil, Al Shorta – 19
4. Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri, Esteghlal FC – 18
5. Adel Al Hosani, Sharjah – 17


Interceptions

Ali Al Lajami made more interceptions than any other player in the group stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League (West), with his 25 seven ahead of his nearest contender, Zoir Dzhuraboev of FC Istiklol.

1. Ali Al Lajami, Al Nassr– 25
2. Zoir Dzhuraboev, FC Istiklol – 18
3. Boualem Khoukhi, Al Sadd – 17
3. Abdulelah Alamri, Al Nassr– 17
3. Andriy Mishchenko, FC Istiklol – 17


Dribbles completed

Finally, when it comes to dribbles completed no one could touch Al Rayyan's Yacine Brahimi, whose 30 was at least double the number of anyone else in the group stage. The Algerian international's closest challenger was Al Wahda FSCC's Khalil Ibrahim on 15.

1. Yacine Brahimi, Al Rayyan SC – 30
2. Khalil Ibrahim, Al Wahda FSCC – 15
3. Omid Alishah, Persepolis FC – 14
3. Andre Carrillo, Al Hilal SFC – 14
5. Hojimat Erkinov, Pakhtakor – 13

Poll ends at 23:00 (UTC+8) on May 9, 2021.

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