2020 AFC Champions League (East): 5 Things To Look Out For
Doha: The group stage of the 2020 AFC Champions League East tips past the halfway point in the coming days with several teams looking to secure a place in the Round of 16, some down to their last chance and others trying to shake off midweek disappointment.
Qualification places are up for grabs in tightly contested groups as 12 of the 15 sides in the East square off for the second time this year. With six matches set to be played over two days, the-AFC.com has selected five things to look out for in the upcoming round of fixtures.
AFC Champions League (EAST) Toyota Player of the Week: Song Beom-keun
Doha: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors' Song Beom-keun has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) Toyota Player of the Week after the goalkeeper's phenomenal performance against Sydney FC on Wednesday.
The recently turned 23-year-old custodian was in superlative form making eight saves as he kept a cleansheet to help the Korean champions secure a vital three points in the Group H clash.
Chiangrai United haven’t given up on AFC Champions League knockout stage, says Alongkorn
Doha: They have lost all three of their 2020 AFC Champions League matches, but Chiangrai United will fight for a place in the tournament’s knockout stage until it becomes a mathematical impossibility, according to interim coach Alongkorn Thongsaum.
Speaking ahead of Chiangrai’s Friday meeting with FC Seoul, a side who beat them 5-0 on Tuesday, Alongkorn admitted the 2019 Thai champions have it all to do but insists his side will continue to fight for as long as possible.
Yokohama F. Marinos' effort delights Postecoglou after AFC Champions League win over Shanghai SIPG
Doha: Head coach Ange Postecoglou hailed his players’ efforts as his Yokohama F. Marinos side kept their 100 percent record in the 2020 AFC Champions League with a 1-0 win against Shanghai SIPG in Group H.
The 2019 J1 League champions dominated throughout but the game was only decided in the 90th minute when substitute Jun Amano tapped in a rebound after Teruhito Nakagawa’s header was fumbled into his path by the Chinese Super League side’s keeper. Oscar had missed a penalty for Shanghai SIPG eight minutes earlier.
Iniesta: Being here at the end is Vissel Kobe's AFC Champions League target
Doha: Months of domestic frustration were forgotten in 90 minutes as Andres Iniesta helped Vissel Kobe to a 3-1 AFC Champions League triumph over Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday, but the former Barcelona star insists his side are just getting started.
Iniesta was at his brilliant best at Khalifa International Stadium, teeing up Kyogo Furuhashi’’s opening goal late in the first half, before making the points safe, and sending Vissel to the Round of 16 with a sweetly struck goal of his own in the 84th minute.
AFC Champions League win over Sydney FC a just reward for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors’ efforts, says Morais
Doha: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors head coach Jose Morais believes his side’s 1-0 win over Sydney FC is a just reward for the players resolve in their two games since the restart to their 2020 AFC Champions League. Group H campaign.
Na Sung-eun's solitary strike was enough to bag the three points as the Korea Republic side’s defence played a huge role in keeping the clean sheet that helped them cross the line at the end, consigning Sydney FC to early elimination from the group stage.