ACL2019 MD3 Toyota Player of the Week: Anderson Talisca


Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Anderson Talisca's two goals in his side's 4-0 win at home to Australian club Melbourne Victory in their Group F Matchday Three clash on Wednesday saw the Brazilian earn this week's accolade.

Talisca's double came in the opening ten minutes of the match at Tianhe Stadium which is the fastest on record since 2013. The exciting attacker also provided 55% of his team's crosses in Matchday Three.

Talisca had a total of five shots on goal and tallied 33 passes to go along with his two goals as he was awarded a 9.3 rating to top the Toyota Player of the Week standings.

Cedric Bakambu (below) likewise shone on Matchday Three with the Beijing FC forward scoring a hat-trick in the Chinese side's 3-1 win at Buriram United.


Bakambu's treble was the first hat-trick for Beijing FC in the AFC Champions League since 2008. He scored the three goals from his only three shots on target in the game in Thailand.

The Congolese striker had the highest number of touches (7) in the opposition's penalty area of all players on the pitch and also recorded 19 passes to earn his 9.1 rating.

We turn to the West Zone to round out the top three with Al Nassr's Yahya Al Shehri (below) taking third spot thanks to his performance in the Saudi club's 4-1 win over Iraq's Al Zawraa in Group A.


Al Shehri scored a stunning free-kick to give Al Nassr their second goal of the night, assisted for their third, and created five chances in the game - more than any player on the pitch to earn his 8.7 rating.

Spanish legend Xavi enters the list at number four with an 8.4 rating. Xavi scored his first ever brace in the AFC Champions league, one of which was nominated for goal of the week, and created two chances. 

Completing the top five is Al Duhail's Edmilson Junior who registered an 8.3 in the Qatari club's 2-2 draw with Al Ain.

Fellow Brazilian Renato Augusto is next with an 8.1 after an impressive performance for Beijing FC in the side's win at Buriram, followed by Pakhtakor forward Dragan Ceran and Esteghlal defender Pejman Montazeri who tallied 8.0 and 7.9 ratings respectively.