AFC Champions League (East) centralised matches to be staged in Korea Republic
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has today confirmed that the AFC Champions League 2021 (East) – Quarter-final and Semi-final single-leg centralised matches will be held in Jeonju, Korea Republic from October 17 to 20, 2021.
The race to the AFC Champions League Quarter-finals will take centrestage on September 14 with the commencement of the Round of 16 (East) battles, which will see reigning champions Ulsan Hyundai FC take on Japan's Kawasaki Frontale, while Daegu FC, who will be appearing in the Round of 16 for the first time, will face-off against Nagoya Grampus on the same day.
Tokyo Olympics: Brilliant fightback takes Australia past Great Britain and into historic semis
Ibaraki: Australia emerged victorious in a remarkable Tokyo Olympics Women’s Football quarter-final, defeating Great Britain 4-3 after extra-time to advance to the final four for the first time on Friday.
The Matildas looked destined to be eliminated after two Ellen White goals had Great Britain 2-1 up in the dying minutes of normal time, but Sam Kerr conjured a last-gasp equaliser to force to the match to a pulsating period of extra-time.
Australia dodged a bullet when Tegan Micah saved Caroline Weir’s 101st-minute penalty kick, before a Mary Fowler strike swung the match back in their favour, with Kerr then adding her side's crucial fourth.
White completed her hat-trick to give Australia a nervous final five minutes, but they did enough to hold on for a famous victory which sets up a semi-final against Sweden, who defeated Japan 3-1 in their quarter-final.
Saitama: Japan’s Tokyo Olympics Women’s Football tournament came to an end after the Nadeshiko fell to a 3-1 defeat to Sweden in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Japan fought valiantly after going behind early but eventually had to concede to Sweden's superiority with the European side to face Australia in the semi-finals.
It was always going to be hard for Japan against a Swedish side who have not lost a match in more than 16 months but Asako Takakura's side gave the tie their all and walked away with their heads held high despite the tears that flowed at the end of the match.
Tokyo Olympics - Preview: Japan's Moriyasu urges caution ahead of New Zealand quarter-final
Ibaraki: Hajime Moriyasu will be taking nothing for granted when he leads Japan in the quarter-finals of the 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday as his team face New Zealand at Kashima Stadium.
Japan are the only team in the last eight with a perfect record after wins over South Africa, Mexico and France as they finished top of Group A, but the former Sanfrecce Hiroshima head coach stressed that those results now count for little.
Tokyo Olympics – Preview: Semi-final place on the line for Korea Republic against familiar foes Mexico
Yokohama: Korea Republic will look to repeat their heroics of 2012 by securing a place in semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics Men's Football tournament when they take on Mexico at the Yokohama International Stadium on Saturday.
The Taeguk Warriors boast an impressive record at the Games, having now advanced to the quarter-finals in four of the past five editions, most notably in 2012 when goals from Park Chu-young and Koo Ja-cheol helped them defeat East Asian rivals Japan 2-0 to win the bronze medal.
Fast forward nine years to the current edition of the Olympics and it is the 2012 gold medalists Mexico who stand in the way of a return to the semi-finals after Korea stormed to a 6-0 victory over Honduras in Wednesday's final round of group matches.
Qatar's Gold Cup adventure ended by late United States strike
Texas: Qatar's Gold Cup campaign came to an end after the AFC Asian Cup champions suffered a 1-0 defeat to the United States in the semi-finals at the Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas on Thursday.
The defeat brought the curtains down on a remarkable campaign for Qatar, playing on an invitational basis, who had opened their tournament with a draw against Panama before defeating Grenada and Honduras to finish top of Group D and advance into the knockout stage where they beat El Salvador in the quarter-finals.
Six-time champions the United States will play Mexico, who defeated Canada 2-1 in the other last four tie, in Sunday's final.
Jordan to host AFC Women’s Club Championship 2021 – Pilot Tournament
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed that the Jordan Football Association (JFA) will host the upcoming AFC Women’s Club Championship – Pilot Tournament, in a milestone decision which marks the first time a Continental women’s club competition will take place in West Asia.
In addition, the four participating clubs have also been confirmed with host side Amman Club, FC Bunyodkor from Uzbekistan, Islamic Republic of Iran’s Shahrdari Sirjan and Gokulam Kerala FC from India scheduled to compete for Continental supremacy from November 7 to 12, 2021 at the Aqaba Development Corporate Stadium in the country’s capital of Amman.