2020 AFC Champions League (East): The Stats Leaders
Kuala Lumpur: With the resumption of the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) just hours away eight months after the last ball was kicked, the-AFC.com takes a closer look at the numbers that caught the eye in the opening two rounds of fixtures.
While only six of the 15 participants from the East Zone have played two games to date and a further six sides have appeared once (taking into account Johor Darul Ta'zim's withdrawal), the figures – provided by the AFC's official data provider Stats Perform – give an indication of those that hit form prior to the COVID-19 enforced hiatus.
Shanghai Shenhua’s Choi hails ‘100 percent’ effort in AFC Champions League win
Doha: Choi Kang-hee heaped praise on his Shanghai Shenhua side’s commitment to the cause after they sealed a first-up 2-1 AFC Champions League group stage win against Perth Glory on Wednesday.
With some of their biggest names unavailable, the Chinese club scored twice before half-time before surviving a late Perth surge to secure their first win in their 2020 campaign, and their first in the competition since 2009.
But while it was Shenhua’s blistering start which secured them the points, two-time AFC Champions League winner Choi was also pleased with the way his charges saw out the game, played four days after their arrival in the Qatari capital.
Corica relishing quality test for Sydney FC youngsters in AFC Champions League clash with Shanghai SIPG
Doha: Sydney FC head coach Steve Corica is looking forward to testing his young players as they resume their 2020 AFC Champions League campaign with a third encounter in 18 months against star-studded Shanghai SIPG.
The reigning A-League champions picked up just one point from their first two games of the competition back in February, having kicked-off with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Yokohama F. Marinos before squandering the lead to draw 2-2 at home to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.
Kuala Lumpur: The return of the AFC Champions League brings with it another opportunity for records, significant marks and milestones in Asia's most prestigious club competition.
Individual efforts, team goals, and moments of history, the-AFC.com takes a look at some of the notable numbers that could be reached when Continental club football returns to the East Zone teams after over eight months out.
There may well be other accomplishments we could see by the end of the tournament, but here are five to focus on for now.
New Radiant's Ali Ashfaq seals berth in AFC Cup Bracket Challenge final
Kuala Lumpur: New Radiant's Ali Ashfaq will take on South China AA's Chan Siu Ki in the final of the AFC Cup Bracket Challenge.
Maldivian star Ashfaq's solo goal - one of five he scored in that match - for New Radiant against Persibi Bojonegoro in the 2013 AFC Cup saw him defeat Hanoi FC's Vietnam international Nguyen Quang Hai in the semi-final.
Ashfaq polled 54.68 % of the votes to see of Quang Hai's challenge.
South China's Chan Siu Ki through to AFC Cup Bracket Challenge final
Kuala Lumpur: South China AA's Chan Siu Ki's lovely strike from the 2015 edition has made the final of the AFC Cup Bracket Challenge.
Chan's goal against Malaysia's Pahang sealed the tie for South China AA and the former Hong Kong international will now face off against Ali Ashfaq of Maldives side New Radiant in the final which kicks off on Wednesday.