Saitama: It will be a clash between two sides who have both won the AFC Champions League™ twice when Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC and Urawa Red Diamonds square off in the East semi-final of the 2022 edition on Thursday.
While Japan's Urawa have been in swashbuckling form in the knockout stage, Jeonbuk needed extra-time in both their Round of 16 and quarter-final ties to advance to the semi-final.
Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at some interesting facts and stats ahead of the semi-final, which will be the seventh meeting in the AFC Champions League between these two giants of Asian club football.
Saitama: Urawa Red Diamonds head coach Ricardo Rodriguez believes his side are in their best form of the season after booking a place in the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 on Monday with a 4-0 demolition of Thailand’s BG Pathum United at Saitama Stadium 2002.
Two-time champions Urawa will face Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the last four clash on Thursday and will go into the game having won their last four games in all competitions, scoring 18 goals in the process.
Saitama: Kim Sang-sik admitted his Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors were not at their best but nonetheless paid tribute to his players after they overcame a resilient Vissel Kobe 3-1 to book their spot in the semi-final of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 (East) on Monday, with the head coach vowing his side will not let fatigue derail them.
Koya Yuruki gave Japan's Vissel the lead in the 64th minute but Jeonbuk responded almost immediately with Modou Barrow equalising two minutes later.
The Korea Republic side, despite having to play extra-time for the second successive match, proved stronger in the additional 30 minutes as Brazilian forward Gustavo headed them into the lead in the 104th minute with Moon Seon-min then putting the game to bed in added time.
Preview - AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Final: Kuala Lumpur City (MAS) v PSM Makassar (IDN)
Kuala Lumpur: Familiar foes Kuala Lumpur City of Malaysia and Indonesia’s PSM Makassar are set for another classic encounter when they meet in the AFC Cup™ 2022 ASEAN Zonal Final at the Kuala Lumpur Stadium on Wednesday.
With the Inter-Zone Semi-final spot up for grabs, the stakes have never been higher with the two sides having walked away with a point following their 0-0 stalemate in the AFC Cup group stage in June.
I believed we could reach ASEAN Zonal Final, says KL City’s Zhafri
Kuala Lumpur: As Kuala Lumpur City FC prepare for their crunch AFC Cup™ 2022 ASEAN Zonal final against Indonesia’s PSM Makassar on Wednesday, Zhafri Yahya has revealed he always believed the Malaysian side had the quality to progress to this stage of the tournament.
Making their competition debut after winning the 2021 Malaysia Cup, Kuala Lumpur City have enjoyed a dream start to life on the continent, advancing to the knockout rounds as the best-placed runners-up in the ASEAN Zone before edging past Vietnam’s Viettel FC on penalties after a goalless draw.
Long-serving midfielder Zhafri was among the heroes from the spot in Ho Chi Minh City, scoring in sudden death as Kuala Lumpur City held their nerve to advance 6-5 to leave them just one game away from winning the ASEAN Zone and booking their place in the Inter-Zone semi-finals.
Sogdiana-W hope to raise the bar in women’s football after Championship win
Qarshi: Head coach Sherali Bobokulov hailed the dedication and hard work that led to Sogdiana-W’s AFC Women’s Club Championship 2022 (West) victory over Bam Khatoon FC on Tuesday.
After playing out to a 1-1 draw in their opener against Bam Khatoon, Sogdiana-W came back stronger in the rematch with Kurbonova Shahnoza’s effort in the 32nd minute securing the Uzbekistan champions a 1-0 win.