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Vote for your best 2020 AFC Champions League Team: Goalkeeper

Kuala Lumpur: Fans of Asian football have voted for their Best XI at each edition of the AFC Champions League between 2016 and 2019, so now turns to the most recently concluded chapter, the 2020 competition, to determine the top 11 players.

To select the candidates for each position, we have reflected on match data from the tournament to draw up a statistics-based approach to present the outstanding performers.

We kick things off with five standout goalkeepers for the all-important number one jersey. Review the nominees and then choose who you think should take the position as the last line of defence in this all-star XI in the poll below.

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Brad Jones - Al Nassr

  • 8 appearances, 5 goals conceded, 722 mins played
  • 4 clean sheets (2nd best overall)
  • 83.3% save percentage

Australian Brad Jones played a crucial role in Al Nassr's journey to the semi-finals, keeping four clean sheets as the Saudi Arabia club made the last four stage for the first time in their history.

Jones was in vintage form throughout the 2020 AFC Champions League and was only denied an appearance in the final by a penalty shootout defeat to Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis FC.

Hamed Lak - Persepolis FC

  • 8 appearances, 4 goals conceded, 750 mins played
  • 5 clean sheets (Best record overall)
  • 82.6% save percentage.

Signed as Alireza Beiranvand's replacement, Hamed Lak proved he was the right man for the job with some impressive displays as Persepolis made the final for the second time in three years.

Lak's five clean sheets were a tournament best and the fact that the four goals he conceded throughout the tournament were from the penalty spot speaks volumes of the stability he gave Persepolis.

Jo So-huk - Ulsan Hyundai FC

  • 9 appearances, 6 goals conceded, 840 mins played
  • 3 clean sheets
  • 81.25% save percentage

Ulsan Hyundai's number two Jo Su-huk stepped up in a big way in Doha after the Korea Republic side lost the services of first choice goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo after he tested positive for COVID-19,

Jo more than filled his namesake's shoes with several big performances and memorable saves as Ulsan Hyundai won the AFC Champions League title for the second time in their history.

Apirak Worawong - Chiangrai United

  • 5 appearances, 6 goals conceded, 450 mins played
  • 21 saves (including a penalty against FC Seoul in the group stages).
  • Averaged 4.2 saves/game

Chiangrai United may have ended their campaign at the bottom of Group E but won many admirers with their gutsy performances with Apirak Worawong playing a key role.

The goalkeeper endured a tough competition but was up to the task with his 21 saves as the Thai side ended the competition with five points, including a memorable 2-1 win over FC Seoul.

Daiya Maekawa - Vissel Kobe

  • 5 appearances, 6 goals conceded, 510 mins played
  • 1 clean sheet.
  • 75% save percentage.

Daiya Maekawa was a safe pair of hands as Vissel Kobe made the AFC Champions League semi-finals in their debut appearance in the continental showpiece.

Although Maekawa's error eventually led to Vissel Kobe losing the semi-final to Ulsan Hyundai, the goalkeeper played his part in taking the Japanese side into the last four stage.

The poll has ended. The Best XI chosen by fans and the Best XI based on the 2020 statistics will be announced on January 26.

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