AFC Champions League (West): Four defensive players to watch in the quarter-finals
Doha: As the 2020 AFC Champions League (West) enters crunch time with four teams contesting for one place in the final, the-AFC.com looks at four defensive players whose presence could make the difference for their sides at the next stage.
The quarter-finals draw, conducted in Doha on Monday, produced two tasty encounters with Group B winners Pakhtakor facing Group C winners Persepolis FC, while the other game features a clash of fellow Saudi heavyweights Al Nassr and Al Ahli Saudi FC.
Al Nassr, Al Ahli Saudi banking on familiarity to seal AFC Champions League semi-final ticket
Doha: Al Nassr FC are looking to create club history by reaching their first-ever AFC Champions League semi-final when they face compatriots Al Ahli Saudi FC in the quarter-final of the 2020 competition on Wednesday.
While both Saudi teams have never won the competition, Al Ahli did reach the final in 2012, losing to Ulsan Hyundai 3-0. They have since reached the quarter-finals on two occasions; in 2013 and 2017. Al Nassr, meanwhile, are in the quarter-final for the second time in a row, having never reached this stage before 2019.
Despite Al Ahli having a relatively superior record in the AFC Champions League, Al Nassr boast nine Saudi Pro League titles to Al Ahli’s three. The two head coaches have taken different perspectives to a match that brings together two sides who know each other so well.
“This is our chance”, says Pakhtakor's Krimets ahead of AFC Champions League quarter-final with Persepolis
Doha: Pakhtakor FC are hoping to reach the semi-finals for the first time in 16 years when they face Persepolis in the 2020 AFC Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
The 12-time Uzbek champions reached the competition’s final four in the first two editions of the AFC Champions League in 2003 and 2004, but have since been unable to match this achievement; their best result being a quarter-final appearance in 2009.
AFC Champions League (West): Four attacking players to watch in the quarter-finals
Doha: Ahead of the 2020 AFC Champions League (West) quarter-finals, the-AFC.com looks at four attacking players who have been at the heart of their respective sides’ pursuit of continental glory so far.
An all-Saudi Arabia clash between Al Nassr and Al Ahli and an encounter between Group B winners Pakhtakor and Group C winners Persepolis await on Wednesday as the four sides vie for a place in the competition’s final in December.
AFC Champions League 2020: Round of 16 Goalscorers
Doha: The 2020 AFC Champions League West Zone continues to thrill with the four Round of 16 matches providing thrills and spills as the four quarter-finalists were decided over the weekend.
As has been the case throughout the tournament, there was high drama in the Round of 16 as the eight teams gave it their all in a bid to advance to the quarter-finals, with Monday's draw in Doha pitting Al Nassr against Al Ahli Saudi FC in an all-Saudi Arabia last eight tie with Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis to face Uzbekistan's Pakhtakor on Wednesday.
VAR ready for historic AFC Club Competitions debut tomorrow
Doha: Asian football history will be made tomorrow as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system marks its debut in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Club Competitions when Saudi Arabian giants Al Nassr and Al Ahli Saudi FC battle in the AFC Champions League Quarter-finals at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium at 4:40pm (Mecca) in Doha, Qatar.
Asian refereeing set new benchmarks earlier this year when the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 became the first AFC competition to successfully implement VAR across all 32 matches.
Now Asia’s premier club tournament will become the third AFC competition to embrace the latest in technology from the Quarter-finals after it was first introduced from the same stage of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.