Semi-finals, Second Leg Toyota Player of the Week: Dejan Damjanovic

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The Montenegrin created history by going joint-top of the all-time AFC Champions League scoring charts with his 37th continental goal.

It was, however, a bittersweet achievement with Suwon Samsung Bluewings' 3-3 draw not enough to see them progress to the final, losing out to Kashima 6-5 on aggregate.

Damjanovic had four attempts on goal, with his ninth strike of the tournament coming from one shot on target. In addition to his goal, the 37-year-old also created two chances for teammates, earning him a rating of 7.6.

Second in this week’s ranking is Damjanovic's teammate Lim Sang-hyub (below), who was also on target in the roller-coaster tie at Suwon World Cup Stadium.


Lim's goal seven minutes into the second half Suwon kicked off a rally from the Koreans that saw them score three goals in eight minutes to flip the tie on its head, taking a 3-1 lead on the night and going ahead 5-4 on aggregate.

Unfortunately, for the 30-year-old and his teammates, they were unable to hold out, but the winger's efforts - that included 44 touches and 33 passes - earned him a 7.2 rating.

Completing the top three in the Toyota Player of the Week is another goalscorer from the tie in Kashima, Serginho (below), who scored in his fourth consecutive AFC Champions League tie.


The Brazilian forward, who has been in formidable form since he joined the club in the summer, added his most important goal to date when he netted with eight minutes remaining to secure Kashima a place in the 2018 AFC Champions League final, earning him a score of 7.2.

Persepolis midfielder Siamak Nemati came fourth in the week's ranking with a 7.1 rating. The Iranian had 58 touches and created three chances for his teammates. But his key contribution was his volley on 49 minutes that secured the Tehran giants a 2-1 aggregate victory over Qatar's Al Sadd and a place in the final.

Rounding off the top five is Kashima's Daigo Nishi, with the right-sided player also finding the net in Suwon. The 31-year-old also recorded 38 passes to go with his goal and gain a 6.9 rating.

The Toyota Player of the Week from the semi-final first leg, Alireza Beiranvand, comes in sixth with 6.8, while Al Sadd players Jung Woo-young and Baghdad Bounedjah complete the top eight with ratings of 6.6 and 6.5 respectively.