ACL2019 Round of 16, Second Leg Toyota Player of the Week: Shoma Doi
Kashima Antlers midfielder Shoma Doi netted a brace to lead the defending champions into the AFC Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday to earn this week's top accolade.
Doi scored the opener in Hiroshima but hosts Sanfrecce then produced a sterling comeback to level the scores on aggregate. The 27-year-old scored his second in the final minutes of the game to return the advantage to Kashima, with the Ibaraki club ultimately progressing on away goals.
The second strike, nominated for Goal of The Week, was of particular note while he also registered 41 touches, two shots on target and one chance created to gain a 9.1 rating to lead the Toyota Player of the Week standings.
Another J.League player, Shinzo Koroki (below, right) of Urawa Red Diamonds, took second place in the rankings as he also netted a double in their 3-0 away win over Ulsan Hyundai.
Koroki's brace saw him take his total to five goals for this year's competition and the fan favourite, whose pair of strikes helped Urawa to an impressive victory at Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium, showed his all-round game to full effect.
As well as his two goals, Koroki created three chances, made 38 passes and had three shots on goal - two of which were on target - as his efforts saw him awarded an 8.6 rating.
A third two-goal hero, Guangzhou Evergrande's Paulinho (below), rounds out the top three thanks to his inspiring showing in a hard-fought penalty shootout victory over Shandong Luneng.
The former FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur star was in the middle of the action throughout in Jinan, playing the full 120 minutes, with his performance capped by a stunning free-kick in injury time.
Paulinho also registered 46 passes, won three fouls and had two shots on goal, both on target, to receive an 8.1 rating.
Another Brazilian who plays at a Chinese club, Hulk, enters the list at number four with a 7.8 rating. The 32-year-old scored a vital equaliser, had six shots on goal and completed 32 passes in Shanghai SIPG's penalty shootout win over Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.
Completing the top five is a third Brazilian, Patric of Sanfrecce Hiroshima, with a 7.7 rating after he marked a dynamic cameo from the bench with two goals.
Urawa's defensive pair Mauricio Antonio and Tomoaki Makino are next with 7.5 and 7.4 ratings respectively, and they are followed by Shandong's Liu Junshuai who received a 7.2 rating.