ACL 2019 QF First Leg Toyota Player of the Week: Giuliano
Kuala Lumpur: Giuliano has been named as the Toyota Player of the Week after the striker scored in Al Nassr's 2-1 victory over Qatar's Al Sadd on Monday to help his side take a slim advantage in the first leg of their 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-final.
After teammate Abdulrahman Al Dossari had cancelled out Ali Asad's first half opener, Giuliano headed home a well-worked team move on 72 minutes to give Al Nassr a vital lead to take to Doha on September 16.
As well as his goal, which came from one of his five shots on target, Giuliano created five chances for teammates and made 54 passes, 48 of which were completed, as he earned an 8.1 rating.
Another Saudi Arabia-based player, Abdullah Al Mayoof(below), came in second in this week’s rankings after the Al Hilal goalkeeper kept a cleansheet in the 0-0 stalemate with fierce rivals Al Ittihad.
The veteran custodian made four saves and completed 26 passes to earn a 7.8 rating. The 32-year old will need to perform at the same high level in what is sure to be an intense return meeting for a second 'Saudi Clasico' in Riyadh on September 17.
A third Saudi Pro League player, Abdulrahman Al Dossari(below), claimed third spot after the young midfielder netted the equaliser against Al Sadd.
Although he was registered for the 2016 edition, the 21-year-old is appearing in his debut campaign and his leveller on Monday evening was his first Continental goal.
Al Dossari's close-range strike came from two shots, one on target, while he created two chances for teammates. The 21-year-old also registered 44 passes to receive a 7.7 rating.
Urawa Red Diamonds' Kazuki Nagasawa enters the list at number four with a 7.5 rating. The midfielder's free-kick was key in providing Urawa's opener at Shanghai SIPG before a perfect pass for Shinzo Koroki doubled the score. The 27-year-old also created five chances and had a 92% Passing Accuracy.
Completing the top five is another J.League player, Kwoun Sun-tae of Kashima Antlers, with a 7.4 rating after his cleansheet and six saves away at Guangzhou Evergrande
Al Ittihad's Ziyad Al Sahafi and Urawa's Shinzo Koroki are next with 7.2 and 7.1 ratings respectively, and they are followed by Al Ittihad goalkeeper Fawaz Al Qarni who received a 7.1 rating.