Kuala Lumpur: Quick off the back of a thrilling opening matchday that saw 20 goals scored in eight West Asia fixtures, the 2020 AFC Champions League group stage continues with Matchday Two action on Monday and Tuesday.
With Al Hilal having successfully got their title defence underway in the previous round of fixtures, this week sees AFC Champions League football played across six countries, with Kuwait featuring as an alternative home for Al Ahli Saudi FC.
Kuala Lumpur: The dust has barely settled on Matchday One as the second round of 2020 AFC Champions League Group Stage fixtures comes within a week of the openers, with 10 teams in the East Zone set to face off.
Having sat out last week's fixtures, Korea Republic duo FC Seoul and Suwon Samsung Bluewings, Australian pair Perth Glory and Sydney FC and China PR's Beijing FC all make their first starts in this year's competition.
Preview MD2 - Group B: Shabab Al Ahli Dubai (UAE) vs Al Hilal SFC (KSA)
Dubai: A week on from their 2020 AFC Champions League Matchday One 2-0 victory over Shahr Khodro FC in Dubai, Al Hilal SFC remain in the Emirati city where they face Shabab Al Ahli Dubai at Rashid Stadium on Monday.
The two sides had famously clashed in the 2015 AFC Champions League semi-finals, with a 1-1 draw in Riyadh followed by a dramatic 3-2 victory for Shabab Al Ahli (then known as Al Ahli) who advanced to the final.
Preview MD2 - Group B: Pakhtakor (UZB) vs Shahr Khodro FC (IRN)
Tashkent: The second away trip in their debut AFC Champions League campaign takes Islamic Republic of Iran’s Shahr Khodro FC to Tashkent where they face Pakhtakor FC on Matchday Two of Group B on Monday.
The task ahead for coach Mojtaba Sarasiaei’s men is a daunting one against a Pakhtakor FC side that have won each of their nine home encounters against Iranian opponents in the AFC Champions League, keeping five clean sheets in the process. The Uzbek side had previously defeated another IR Iran side - Naft Tehran - in their debut campaign in 2015, and Shahr Khodro will hope to avoid the same fate.
The Mashhad-based side reached the group stage after edging Bahrain’s Riffa SC 2-1 in the Preliminary Round 2 then holding Qatar’s Al Sailiyah to a goalless draw before emerging victorious on penalties in the Play-off.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2020 AFC Champions League got off to a flying start last week with 24 teams in action across Asia as the Continent's biggest club competition kicked off its 18th edition.
With 32 goals in 12 games, including a resounding win for a tournament debutant and a heavy loss for a side on a miserable run, join the-AFC.com as we take a look at the facts and figures that caught the eye in the first week in numbers of the new campaign.