Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Kuala Lumpur: Four teams went into the first leg of the AFC Champions League semi-finals with the dream of being crowned kings of Asia and three will still be feeling relatively positive about their chances, while Persepolis have been given a mountain to climb.
With a three-week break until the continent’s premier club competition resumes for the second leg of the semi-finals, the-AFC.com highlights some of the most noteworthy statistics from the first legs of the last-four clashes.
Top scorers cancel each other out
Games involving Shanghai SIPG and Urawa Red Diamonds had seen a combined total of 75 goals prior to the first leg, meaning a barrage had been anticipated in China. Both sides play to win, sometimes at a cost, which is why a low-scoring stalemate – the first draws of their respective campaigns – could be classed as somewhat of a surprise.