Beirut: There were more woes for Al Sadd SC as, just days after their 4-1 defeat in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League semi-finals, they suffered their first loss of the season in the 2019-20 Qatar Stars League.
There were no such worries for Al Hilal SFC - Al Sadd's 2019 AFC Champions League semi-final opponents - as they continued their superb start to the Saudi Pro League with a 4-1 win over Al Ettifaq to stay top of the standings.
Defending UAE Pro League champions Sharjah also maintained their perfect start to the season. the-AFC.com reviews the domestic action across West Asia.
Kuala Lumpur: The first legs of the semi-finals of the 2019 AFC Champions League concluded this week with plenty of thrills and spills to savour.
Game-changers, sensational strikes and the 12th man as the 2019 semi-finals got under way in exciting style with rollercoaster matches in Qatar and Japan. Here's the post-match reaction from some of the key men involved.
Doha: Head coach Răzvan Lucescu believes Al Hilal SFC thoroughly deserved their resounding 4-1 win over Qatar’s Al Sadd SC in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday.
Al Hilal found themselves behind after 15 minutes when Bafétimbi Gomis scored an own goal, but the French forward subsequently netted a goal in each half to help his side record a comfortable victory against an Al Sadd outfit who had Abdulkarim Hassan sent off in the first half.
Doha: Al Sadd coach Xavi is refusing to give up hope of qualifying to the 2019 AFC Champions League final despite his side’s heavy 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Al Hilal in the first leg of the semi-final on Tuesday.
The Qatari champions surrendered an early lead to concede twice in each half, suffering their first home defeat of the campaign and leaving them in need of a four-goal winning margin if they are to better last year’s semi-final exit.
The night started brightly for the hosts as they dominated the early proceedings and struck first 14 minutes into the game, but a defensive mistake allowed Al Hilal a way back into the match and Al Sadd capitulated after being reduced to 10 men, allowing their visitors to reign.
Central Asia Domestic Wrap: Dordoi’s dream week, Esteghlal up and running
Kuala Lumpur: Dordoi FC completed a hugely successful week in the Kyrgyz Premier League, while Tehran giants Esteghlal FC ended a six-game wait for their first win of the season in Islamic Republic of Iran.
Elsewhere, Tajikistan champions FC Istiklol suffered a first league defeat, while the race to avoid relegation became more perilous for Uzbekistan’s Dinamo Samarkand, who fell to the bottom of the table after yet another defeat.
Join the-AFC.com as we cover all the key results from Istaravshan to Issyk-Kul and beyond.
East Asia Domestic Wrap: New leaders in Japan, thrilling race in K League
Kuala Lumpur: For the first time since mid-April, the J.League has a new team in first place, while the top two in Korea Republic both dropped points to keep things tight in the run-in for the 2019 title.
The majority of the leagues in East Asia did not see action over the weekend, but there was plenty to savour in the Japanese and Korean domestic ties, so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest rounds of fixtures in East Asia.