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AFC Champions League Round of 16 (WEST) Toyota Player of the Week: Isa Al Kasir

Isa Al Kasir - Persepolis FC

Doha: Persepolis FC's Isa Al Kasir has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16 (WEST) Toyota Player of the Week.

9 – Of Isa Alkasir's 22 touches against Al Sadd, a weekly high nine were in the box; he hit the crossbar once and bagged the winning goal. 

Matchwinner Kasir topped the OPTA rankings for the Round of 16 as the striker scored the tie's only goal as the Islamic Republic of Iran club eliminated home side Al Sadd SC following a 1-0 win on Sunday.

The 30-year-old forward, who was also nominated for the Matchday Six Toyota Player of the Week award, netted for the second time in consecutive matches and he was a constant threat up front for the IR Iran side with five shots on goal, two aerials won and two duels won for his 7.7 OPTA rating.

Eren Derdiyok scored in the 47th minute against Esteghlal on Saturday to seal Pakhtakor their first AFC Champions League quarter-final berth since 2009.

Swiss striker Eren Derdiyok (above) was also on target over the weekend and the Pakhtakor man was next up on the OPTA ranking after earning a 7.5 score as his goal helped the Uzbek club to a first quarter-final place since 2009.

The 32-year-old was in the thick of the action in Saturday's 2-1 win over Esteghlal as he also made two recoveries, won two duels, one foul and an aerial duel.

Sardor Sobirkhodjaev

Derdiyok's teammate Sardor Sobirkhodjaev (above) wrapped up OPTA's top three as the midfielder put in an impressive performance in the Round of 16 tie.

The Uzbekistan international was heavily involved in the tie and registered 73 passes, five duels won, four recoveries and one chance created to earn himself a 7.2 rating from OPTA.

Similarly, Awad Al Faraj (below) was not on the scoresheet for Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr in their 1-0 win over Al Taawoun, but his all-round game shone brightly. The 32-year-old won six duels, made three recoveries, created two chances for teammates and made one interception.

Awad Al Faraj

Persepolis goalkeeper Hamed Lak, who registered a 7.2, kept a cleansheet against Al Sadd and made three saves, while Shabab Al Ahli midfielder Azizjon Ganiev also found the net in the Emirati side's defeat to Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia for his 7.1 rating.

Rounding off the Round of 16 top performers were Al Nassr's Abdulmajeed Al Sulaiheem and Al Sadd's Santi Cazorla, who registered 7.1 and 6.9 OPTA scores respectively.

In a change from the past, Asian football fans have been asked to choose their Player of the Week based on the nominees provided by the AFC's official data provider OPTA.


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