Al Dawsari credits Al Hilal's big game experience for semi-final victory
Riyadh: Winger Salem Al Dawsari hailed Al Hilal SFC’s experience in big games as a decisive factor in their 2-1 win over archrivals Al Nassr to reach the 2021 AFC Champions League final on Tuesday.
A second consecutive Man of The Match display from the 30-year-old saw him bag the winner to earn his side a place in the final for the fourth time since 2014.
Former FC Porto striker Moussa Marega opened the scoring for the Blues after 17 minutes, firing home from a narrow angle after a fine Bafetimbi Gomis pass. Anderson Talisca brought Al Nassr level five minutes after the restart before Al Dawsari settled matters with a well-taken finish in the 71st minute.
Riyadh: Al Nassr head coach Pedro Emanuel believes his side were unfortunate not to come away with the win having fallen to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of their cross-city rivals Al Hilal SFC in the 2021 AFC Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday.
The result marks the second year in a row that Al Nassr exit at this stage, but the Portuguese tactician - who only joined the club three weeks earlier - spoke of pride in his players’ attitude.
Semi-final Preview: East Coast rivals Ulsan and Pohang to meet for a place in the final
Jeonju: Local rivalry will play out on the continental stage on Wednesday as defending champions Ulsan Hyundai FC take on the 2009 winners Pohang Steelers in the 2021 AFC Champions League semi-finals at Jeonju World Cup Stadium.
The match marks the first time the sides have faced off in the competition but, while Ulsan have enjoyed greater success than their East Coast Derby rivals in recent years, Pohang have played a considerable role in denying them further joy.
2021 AFC Cup - West Zonal Final Preview: Muharraq, Kuwait SC seek return to glory days
Arad: All eyes iturn to Muharraq Stadium on Wednesday night as three-time champions Kuwait SC face home side Muharraq Club in the 2021 AFC Cup West Zonal Final, with the winners booking a place in the competition’s showpiece final next month.
Both sides will be looking to revive past glories, with Muharraq having won the AFC Cup in 2006 and finishingrunners-up in 2008. Meanwhile, Kuwait SC enjoyed the best spell in the club’s history between 2009 and 2013, winning three AFC Cup titles in that period and losing a final.
Despite their illustrious history in the competition, the two clubs have never played each other on the continental front, their only meeting coming two decades ago in the regional GCC Club Championship, with Muharraq winning 2-0.
2021 AFC Cup - Inter-Zone Final Preview: Chan urges Lee Man to give everything against favourites Nasaf
Karshi: They may be the new kids on the AFC Cup block, but Lee Man FC boss Chan Hiu Ming has vowed his side will fight for the full 90 minutes in Wednesday’s Inter-Zone Final against FC Nasaf.
Founded only four years ago, Lee Man are just 90 minutes away from becoming the first club from Hong Kong to reach an AFC Cup Final, but they’ll have to overcome red-hot Uzbek opposition who will be cheered on by a home crowd in Karshi.
Nasaf v Lee Man – Six players who could make the difference in AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final
Karshi: Just 90 minutes stand between FC Nasaf, Lee Man FC and a shot at Asian football immortality, giving both sets of players a rare opportunity to shine on the continent’s biggest stages.
Uzbekistan Super League runners-up Nasaf will welcome Hong Kong’s Lee Man with a place in next month’s final awaiting the winners, and both sides are equipped with potential match-winners who can turn a game at their whim.
Ahead of one of the biggest club fixtures on the calendar, we’ve picked out six players – three from each team – who possess the ability to make a major impact on Wednesday’s Inter-Zone final.
UAE’s Taheri eager to not let up after comeback win over Guam
Bishkek: A stirring come-from-behind win against Guam kept United Arab Emirates’ dream of AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 qualification alive - now head coach Houriya Taheri wants to make it a reality.
Staring down the barrel of defeat after a defensive error allowed Aprl Talledo to put Guam ahead, the Emiratis dug deep to turn the game around at Bishkek’s Dolen Omurzakov Stadium on Monday.
Naeema Gharib’s willingness to press paid off when she intercepted a wayward pass from Guam shot stopper Kiarra Hutcherson before slotting home the equaliser, and captain Nouf Faleh Al Anzi provided the winner from the penalty spot with less than 10 minutes remaining to spark mass celebrations.