AFC Champions League (EAST) Toyota Player of the Week: Daiki Niwa
Doha: FC Tokyo's Daiki Niwa has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) Toyota Player of the Week after an impressive performance in his side's 1-0 win over Perth Glory on Matchday Six as they advanced to the knockout rounds.
The veteran defender had an 83 percent duel success rate, made three interceptions and completed 62 passes at an 87 percent accuracy that saw him ranked fifth in Stats Perform's – the Asian Football Confederation's official data provider – list of nominees for the accolade with a 7.6 rating.
Despite his side losing 2-1 to Melbourne Victory and exiting the 2020 AFC Champions League, FC Seoul midfielder Han Seung-gyu(above) topped Stats Perform's rankings after an excellent all-round display that saw him create a joint tournament high of seven chances in a single game.
Han, who Stats Perform gave a rating of 8.6, posted a 92% passing accuracy from his 60 passes and teed up his side's only goal with a perfectly weighted free-kick that was headed home by Hwang Hyun-soo before his side departed Qatar after finishing third in Group E.
Rated second in the rankings was Ulsan Hyundai's Park Jung-in (below), who netted his team's opening goal in the 4-1 victory over Shanghai Shenhua as the K League 1 side made it five successive wins in Group F.
Park produced a crisp finish from outside the area into the bottom corner for his first goal of the 2020 AFC Champions League, scoring with what was his only shot, to earn an 8.3 rating.
With a score of 8.2, Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Max Crocombe (below) came third on Stats Perform's rankings after pulling off eight saves to keep FC Seoul at bay as his team advanced to the knockout rounds for the first time since 2016.
The New Zealander, who was starting just his second game in the 2020 AFC Champions League, proved a resilient last line of defence in a game that saw Melbourne win on foreign soil for the first time ever in the competition.
Trent Buhagiar (below) came fourth in the Stats Perform rankings after the Sydney FC striker netted his fifth goal of the 2020 edition in his side's 1-1 draw against Group H winners Yokohama F. Marinos.
The 22-year-old, whose performance was rated at 8.1, again used his speed to his advantage as he outpaced his marker before producing a cool finish to round off what has been an excellent individual campaign in style.
Completing the top six is Suwon Samsung Bluewings' Kim Gun-hee who headed home his side's first in a 2-0 victory over Vissel Kobe that also saw them reach the last 16 and earn the forward a 7.6 rating.
The Toyota Player of the Week top eight are rounded off by Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors' Cho Gue-sung, who netted both of his team's goals in a 2-0 win over Shanghai SIPG, and FC Seoul's Yang Yu-min, both of who were also rated at 7.6.