AFC Champions League Semi-final (WEST) Toyota Player of the Week: Shojae Khalilzadeh

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Doha: Persepolis' Shojae Khalilzadeh has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League Semi-final (WEST) Toyota Player of the Week.

Shojae Khalalzadeh

Using data provided by Stats Perform, the AFC's official data provider, Persepolis defender Shojae Khalilzadeh (above) scored highest in the ratings, with the ever-dependable centre-back earning a 6.9 score after another assured performance at the back.

The 31-year-old gained possession 16 times for his team, made five clearances and three interceptions while he also held his nerve to score Persepolis' fourth penalty in the shootout to help his team advance to a second final in three years.

Khalilzadeh's teammate Ahmad Noorollahi (below) came next in Stats Perform's ratings with the midfielder gaining a 6.8 score following an excellent all-round display.

Ahmad Noorollahi

Composed on the ball, Noorollahi posted a 93% passing accuracy while he also had two shots on goal, made four interceptions and won three duels in a typically robust performance.

Returning to the top eight for a third successive round was Al Nassr midfielder Abdulmajeed Al Sulaiheem (below), whose consistency in the centre of the park had been a constant in the Saudi side's campaign in Qatar.

The Riyadh native, who earned a 6.7 rating, recorded an impressive 96% passing accuracy from 50 passes made, won eight duels and three tackles in his 105 minutes on the pitch.

Abdulmajeed Al Sulaiheem

A third Persepolis player, Hossein Kanaani (below), came next in the Toyota Player of the Week candidates after he also gained a 6.7 rating as he impressed in a maiden AFC Champions League campaign that had seen him take the place of club legend Seyed Jalal Hosseini in the heart of defence.

Kanaani, who opened the scoring in the penalty shootout, gained possession nine times, made nine clearances and three interceptions as he continued his fine partnership with Khalilzadeh at the back.

Coming in at fifth in Stat Perform's rankings from the semi-finals was Awad Khamis, another player who made the shortlist for the third successive round.

Hossein Kanaani

The left-back's performance, which was rated at 6.6, saw him gain possession 11 times, win eight duels and three tackles as well as making three clearances.

Al Nassr centre-back Maicon was in sixth position with a 6.5 rating with a performance that saw him win 12 duels, including nine aerials, and make six clearances. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, it was he who missed the decisive spot-kick.

Rounding off the Toyota Player of the Week nominees from the semi-final were another pair of Al Nassr players: Abdullah Al Khaibari, who created two chances for his teammates and earned a 6.4 rating, and Osama Al Khalaf (6.3), who had 53 touches and won 10 duels despite only being on the pitch for 50 minutes.

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

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