ACL2019 MD1 Toyota Player of the Week: Cesinha (Daegu FC)


A superb performance from Daegu FC forward Cesinha in his side's 3-1 debut win away at Australia's Melbourne Victory in their Group F Matchday One clash on Tuesday saw the Brazilian pick up this week's top player plaudit.

Cesinha was directly involved in all of Daegu's goals against Melbourne Victory (three - one goal, two assists); more goal involvements than any other player in the 2019 AFC Champions League opening round.

Cesinha recorded more shots (3), shots on target (2), chances created (3) and assists (2) than any of his Daegu teammates, while also registering 49 passes, to earn an 9.7 rating to top the Toyota standings for this week.

Daiki Hashioka (below) also shone on Matchday One with the Urawa Red Diamonds youngster netting a brace in the Japanese side's convincing 3-0 win against Buriram United of Thailand.

Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN) vs Buriram United (THA) - AFC Champions League 2019 (2)

Indeed, at just 19 years and 293 days old, Hashioka became the youngest player to score more than once in a AFC Champions League game since Bunyodkor's Dostonbek Khamdamov netted a double against Al Nassr in the 2016 edition.

His two goals came from his two shots on target, with both of his goals coming in the second half to earn a 9.7 rating in what was a fine continental debut for the teenager.

From youngest on the field to one of the oldest, as 39-year-old veteran Lee Dong-gook (below) continues to show his class at the AFC Champions League, netting his 37th goal in a 3-1 win over Beijing FC that returned the Korean icon to the top of the all-time scorers in the Asian club competition.

Lee Dong-gook

The evergreen forward was directly involved in two of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors' three goals on MD1, scoring and assisting, recorded more shots (5) and created more chances (4) than any of his teammates to earn his 9.5 rating.

Shanghai SIPG's Oscar enters the list at number four having created seven chances for his Shanghai teammates in their 1-0 win against Kawasaki Frontale - the most of any player on MD1 - to earn a 9.4 rating.

Completing the top five is Kashima Antlers star Serginho who also registered a 9.4 after he helped the defending champions to a 2-1 win over Malaysian debutants Johor Darul Ta'zim.

Al Zawraa goalkeeper Jalal Hassan is next with a 9.4 after an impressive 10 saves helped the Iraqi side to a goalless draw away at IR Iran's Zobahan, followed by Graziano Pelle of Shandong Luneng and Urawa midfielder Yosuke Kashiwagi who scored 9.4 and 9.2 ratings respectively.