2020 AFC Champions League (East): 5 Things To Look Out For
Doha: While 10 teams of the 15 who will take part in the 2020 AFC Champions League East Asia section of the draw have already played at least once in Qatar, the remaining five will join the field on Tuesday and Wednesday with seven matches to be played across two days.
For the first time, the Japanese trio of FC Tokyo, Vissel Kobe and Yokohama F. Marinos will take to the pitch in the Gulf nation as will Australia's Melbourne Victory and Thailand's Chiangrai United as the competition gets into full swing.
With the matches now set to come thick and fast in the days and weeks ahead, the-AFC.com has selected five things to look out for in the next round of fixtures.
Shanghai Shenhua edge FC Tokyo to revive AFC Champions League hopes
Doha: Shanghai Shenhua took an important step towards the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16, defeating FC Tokyo 1-0 thanks to a Yu Hanchao penalty at Education City Stadium on Tuesday.
The veteran Chinese international converted in the 71st minute, giving Shenhua the maximum reward for a determined defensive performance which saw them leapfrog their opponents in the Group F standings.
Choi Kang-hee’s men now have six points from three matches, while FC Tokyo remain on four, with the teams to meet again at the same venue on Friday.
AFC Champions League (EAST) Toyota Player of the Week: Li Shenglong
Doha: Li Shenglong has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) Toyota Player of the Week after the forward netted a brace in Shanghai SIPG's 2-1 victory over Sydney FC.
Li, whose pair of headed goals helped the Chinese Super League side come from a goal down to claim all three points, was top of Stats Perform's ratings after he received an impressive 8.5 rating, and fans agreed he was the standout player as he gained 64 percent of the votes.
Shanghai SIPG, Yokohama F. Marinos braced for tough AFC Champions League showdown
Doha: A top of the table clash in Group H of the 2020 AFC Champions League sees leaders Yokohama F. Marinos restart their campaign against Shanghai SIPG at Al Janoub Stadium on Wednesday.
The two sides have collected maximum points from two games, with the reigning J-League champions having beaten Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2-1 and Sydney FC 4-0 back in February, while Shanghai SIPG started their continental journey last week with 2-1 wins against the same two opponents.
With Jeonbuk and Sydney FC having both picked up just one point from three games, a win on Wednesday would put the victors in pole position to secure passage to the Round of 16 ahead of the rematch at the same venue three days later.
Cannavaro demands improvement from Guangzhou Evergrande in AFC Champions League clash with Vissel Kobe
Doha: Guangzhou Evergrande head coach Fabio Cannavaro says his side must improve if they are to get their 2020 AFC Champions League campaign back on track against Japan’s Vissel Kobe on Wednesday.
Held to a goalless draw by Korean outfit Suwon Samsung Bluewings in their opening match on Sunday, the two-time Asian champions will return to Khalifa International Stadium chasing their first win in four matches in all competitions and under pressure to get their continental campaign up and running.