Doha: The West Zone of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 drew to a conclusion on Sunday with defending champions Al Hilal SFC confirming their spot in the final against Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds following an astonishing 7-0 semi-final win over Qatar’s Al Duhail SC.
The knockout stages, which were held in the centralised hub of Qatar, witnessed some fascinating matches over the past week. The-AFC.com takes a look back at what those involved had to say about the key moments.
Europe Wrap: Furuhashi fires Celtic to League Cup; Azmoun stars for Leverkusen
Kuala Lumpur: Australian head coach Ange Postecoglou bagged a second League Cup in as many seasons in Scotland as a double from his prolific Japanese striker Kyogo Furuhashi helped Celtic defeat archrivals Rangers 2-1 in an Old Firm final at the Hampden Park in Glasgow on Sunday.
Islamic Republic of Iran striker Sardar Azmoun scored his first goal for Bayer Leverkusen in 10 months to help his side secure a draw with Freiburg in Germany, while in France, Japan winger Junya Ito netted the opener and was then involved in both of the other goals in Stade de Reims’ 3-0 win over Toulouse.
Sam Kerr and Lee Geum-min were on target as their clubs progressed to the quarter-finals of the Women’s FA Cup in England, Mehdi Taremi netted for FC Porto in Portugal and Kim Min-jae’s Napoli now lead by 18 points in Italy, so join the-AFC.com as we review how the Asian stars performed in Europe over the past week.
Tashkent: Syria head coach Mark Wotte believes success at the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 can help bring some joy to the troubled nation as his team take on hosts Uzbekistan in Group A of the competition at the Bunyodkor Stadium on Wednesday.
Returning to the competition they won in 1994, the young Eagles of Qasioun assembled a squad featuring a combination of domestically based players and others plying their trade in Europe but had to navigate difficult circumstances following the earthquake that hit their country several weeks ago.
Tashkent: Iraq coach Emad Mohammed has set his sights on securing victory over Indonesia in their Group A opener at the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 in Tashkent on Wednesday as the former striker looks to end his country’s 23-year continental title drought.
Mohammed was a key player when Iraq won the most recent of their five titles at this level in 2000, scoring both goals in the 2-1 extra-time win over Japan in the final in Tehran, and the 40-year-old is determined to once again take the trophy back to Baghdad.
Fergana: Islamic Republic of Iran and Qatar are ready to unleash their next generation of talent when they face off in Group B of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 on Wednesday.
The tournament, formerly known as the UFC U19 Championship, makes a return after five years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and both coaches are looking forward to seeing their young talent showcasing their abilities.