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AFC Champions League: Best saves of 2020

Kuala Lumpur: Our tribute to the Best Goals of the 2020 AFC Champions League series has so far brought you some of the finest goals from the last edition, but this week we shine the spotlight on goalkeepers and showcase some of the best saves.

As the kick-off date for the historic 2021 edition approaches, looks back at the 2020 tournament which turned out to be a thrilling affair despite the challenging circumstances.

We kicked off the series in style with fans voting Persepolis FC's Mehdi Abdi Qara as the winner of the Best Headers of 2020, Ramin Rezaeian of Al Duhail topped the Best Free-kicks, Al Nassr's Abdulrahman Al Obaid won the Best Long-Range Goals, Abderrazak Hamdallah's strike against Qatar's Al Saad on Matchday One was voted as the winner of the Best Team Goals while Persepolis' Qara topped the Best Last Minute Goals.

Our next instalment looks at some game-defining saves and invites you, the fan, to tell us which was your favourite.

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Hamed Lak
Al Nassr v Persepolis, Semi-final

Hamed Lak (Al Nassr v Persepolis)

Hamed Lak conceded just two goals in seven matches, with the 29-year-old playing a huge part in Persepolis' march to the 2020 AFC Champions League final.
His shining moment came in the semi-final against Saudi Arabia's Al-Nassr, with a big save in the penalty shootout to deny Maicon as Persepolis beat Al Nassr 5-3 on penalties to reach the final.

Brad Jones
Al Nassr v Sepahan, Matchday Four

Brad Jones (Al Nassr v Sepahan)

Brad Jones played a key role against Sepahan FC as the Australian shot stopper was at his best to steer Al Nassr to victory.

Jones was at his best as he dealt with a howitzer from range by Rasool Navidkia, with the alert goalkeeper parrying the ball away.

Jo So-huk
Ulsan Hyundai v Beijing FC, Quarter-final

Jo So-huk (Ulsan Hyundai v Beijing FC)

Having made a joint tournament-leading eight saves in Ulsan Hyundai's 2-0 win over Beijing FC, goalkeeper Jo So-huk helped steer his side into the semi-finals for the first time since 2012.

The 33-year-old was at his best throughout, tipping a powerful Jonathan Viera effort from distance over the bar in the first half, which paved the way to secure his third clean sheet at the 2020 AFC Champions League.

Apirak Worawong
Chiangrai United v FC Seoul, Matchday Four

Apirak Worawong (Chiangrai United v FC Seoul)

Chiangrai United almost squandered their lead before half-time with some last-ditch defending bailing out Apirak Worawong after the goalkeeper had needlessly given away possession in the final third.

Apirak put himself back in the spotlight for all the right reasons in the 53rd minute, when he saved Park Chu-young’s penalty after the Seoul captain had been clumsily fouled by Shinnaphat Leeaoh.

Daiya Maekawa
Ulsan Hyundai v Vissel Kobe, Semi-final

Daiya Maekawa (Ulsan Hyundai v Vissel Kobe)

Daiya Maekawa was at his best despite his side's 2-1 semi-final defeat to Ulsan Hyundai as Vissel Kobe narrowly missed out on a place in the final.

The 26-year-old custodian made an impressive six saves but what was particularly memorable was Maekawa's superb save in the fourth minute of extra-time when he threw himself to his right to tip away a shot from Yoon Bit-garam that had seemed destined for the top right hand corner.

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