Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) held emergency meetings with representatives of Member Associations (MA) and its Leagues from both the East and West regions as the AFC continues to manage the worldwide impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The meeting of the East Zone representatives was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 2, 2020 followed by the West Zone meetings on March 6 and 8, 2020.
Kuala Lumpur: Representatives of the East Zone Member Associations (MA) with competing teams in the AFC Champions League 2020 have agreed to extend the dates of the knock-out rounds to allow for more time to complete the disrupted Group Stage fixtures.
Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it was agreed that Group matches scheduled for March and April which cannot be played, will be moved to May 19-20 - Match Day (MD3), May 26-27 (MD4), June 16-17 (MD5) and June 23-24 (MD6).
Where matches have been agreed between the two clubs, then the matches will go ahead as planned, if agreed by other stakeholders. A full list of fixtures will be confirmed between the MAs and the Clubs by March 16, 2020.
AFC and FIFA to decide on upcoming Asian Qualifiers
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) officials will meet with FIFA this week to discuss the status of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers scheduled for March and June 2020.
Due to the heightened health concerns and ever extending travel restrictions around the spreading of COVID-19, the AFC has been pro-active in tackling an unprecedented situation and had preliminary discussions with some East Zone Member Associations in Kuala Lumpur.
Group G - MD3: Johor Darul Ta'zim (MAS) 2-1 Suwon Samsung Bluewings (KOR)
Iskandar Puteri: A late goal from defender Mauricio sealed all three points for Johor Darul Ta’zim on Tuesday as the Malaysian champions notched up a 2-1 win over Suwon Samsung Bluewings in their first-ever AFC Champions League clash at the new Sultan Ibrahim Stadium.
The Brazilian’s header 17 minutes from time secured all three points for JDT in the Group G meeting after Gonzalo Cabrera had seen his first-half penalty for the home side cancelled out by Terry Antonis’ long range strike six minutes into the second half.
Kuala Lumpur: Al Hilal SFC reinforced their credentials as one of the Continent’s best clubs by clinching the 2019 AFC Champions League title with a dominant 3-0 aggregate win over Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds over two legs.
Al Hilal showcased the art of ‘attacking with and without the ball’ via their collective advanced pressing backed by a high defensive line, which allowed the team to operate as a compact unit.