Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 got underway with a bang in the past week with 20 matches taking place across 18 countries as the group stage of the continental competition returned to its traditional home-and-away basis.
Eight former AFC Champions League winners are in the running for this year’s title, while a further eight sides were appearing in the group stage for the first time and a host of global superstars also made their debuts in the tournament.
As the sides now look forward to the Matchday Two encounters in early October, the-AFC.com looks back at the week in numbers.
East Asia Wrap: Marinos fight back to win; Leaders Port beaten
Hong Kong: Anderson Lopes scored a brace as Yokohama F. Marinos came from behind to defeat Kashima Antlers 2-1 on Sunday, and with six games to go in Japan, the defending champions remain one point behind leaders Vissel Kobe who they will face in a heavyweight contest this Friday.
In China PR, league leaders Shanghai Port suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chengdu Rongcheng, but despite their recent inconsistencies, Javier Pereira’s side remain favourites to win the title as they have an eight-point lead over their closest challengers Shandong Taishan with four matches remaining.
Reigning champions Ulsan Hyundai extended their lead at the top to eight points in Korea Republic with a dramatic 3-2 win against Suwon FC on Sunday while there were also matches taking place in Guam and Hong Kong, China, so join the-AFC.com as we bring you up to speed with the action from across East Asia.
ASEAN Wrap: Sydney to meet Brisbane in final; JDT into semis
Kuala Lumpur: Patrick Wood and Joe Lolley were on the scoresheet at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Sunday as Sydney FC booked a title clash with Brisbane Roar in the Australia Cup by overcoming hosts Melbourne City 2-1 in a hard-fought semi-final.
In Malaysia, defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim remain on course to win the Malaysia Cup for a fourth time after a double from Brazilian striker Bergson and goals from Juan Munis and Fernando Forestieri on Saturday sealed a 7-1 aggregate win over Negeri Sembilan in the quarter-final.
Persib Bandung are on a six-match unbeaten run in Indonesia following a late 2-1 win against Bhayangkara FC while there were also matches taking place in Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia, so join the-AFC.com as we review the week’s action from ASEAN.
Philippines create history to complete Indonesia 2024 cast
Hanoi: Philippines defeated Vietnam 1-0 on Sunday to confirm their spot in the AFC U17 Women’s Asian Cup™ Indonesia 2024 Finals.
The result not only meant Philippines finished as the Qualifiers Round 2 Group B runners-up but also qualified for the Finals for the first time.
Australia finished top after four goals from Sienna Dale powered them 4-0 past Bangladesh earlier on Sunday.
Australia, Philippines, Group A winners Korea Republic and runners-up Thailand join the three highest-seeded sides from the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 – current holders Japan, DPR Korea and China PR - and hosts Indonesia in the April 7-20 Finals.