Doha: Al Sadd are determined to seal a place in the 2019 AFC Champions League to show their appreciation to their fans.
With their fans roaring them on at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Monday, the Qatar champions overturned a 2-1 first leg deficit to beat Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr 3-1 to advance to the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.
Doha: Head coach Xavi Hernandez hailed what he described was one of Al Sadd's best matches of the year after the Qatar champions advanced to the 2019 AFC Champions League semi-finals on Monday.
Trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Riyadh last month, Xavi said Al Sadd produced the great performance required as the Doha-based club defeated Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr 3-1 at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium to advance to their second successive AFC Champions League semi-finals.
Quarter-final - 2nd Leg: Bounedjah takes Al Sadd through
Doha: Al Sadd reached the AFC Champions League semi-finals for the second year in a row after defeating Al Nassr 3-1 at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in the second leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finals to secure a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Having won each of their four home games in the competition so far, Xavi’s Al Sadd needed to extend the run if they were to secure a last-four place, having lost 2-1 in Riyadh.
Doha: Al Nassr head coach Rui Vitoria praised his players' performance but was left to rue several minor mistakes as the Saudi Arabia champions exited the 2019 AFC Champions League on Monday.
Al Nassr had gone into the return leg of the quarter-final against Al Sadd leading 2-1 from the first leg but fell 3-1 at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha as Qatar champions Al Sadd advanced 4-3 on aggregate.
Saitama: Tsuyoshi Otsuki paid tribute to the influence of his senior players as Urawa Red Diamonds held off Shanghai SIPG to secure their place in the semi-finals of the 2019 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
A 1-1 draw at Saitama Stadium was enough to earn the two-time champions a place in the last four on the away goals rule after the quarter-final meeting between the sides ended in a 3-3 aggregate draw.
And while Urawa’s two goals in the first leg in Shanghai were key to the victory, Otsuki stressed that the experience shown by the likes of Shusaku Nishikawa and Shinzo Koroki was of vital importance in Reds’ success.
Quarter-final - 2nd Leg: Al Hilal storm into semis
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal booked their place in the 2019 AFC Champions League semi-finals with a 3-1 win over archrivals Al Ittihad in the second leg of the quarter-final at the King Saud University Stadium on Tuesday.
Having cancelled each other in a goalless draw in Jeddah three weeks ago, the onus was on Al Hilal to end their visitors’ seven-match unbeaten run in the 2019 AFC Champions League if they were to advance to the semi-finals.
Quarter-final - 2nd Leg: Urawa advance on away goals
Saitama: Urawa Red Diamonds kept their quest for a record third AFC Champions League title alive on Tuesday as Tsuyoshi Otsuki’s side progressed to the semi-finals of this year’s competition after a 1-1 draw with Shanghai SIPG secured the club’s progress to the next round on the away goals rule.
The result meant the quarter-final tie ended in a 3-3 aggregate draw and, with Urawa scoring twice in Shanghai in the first leg last month, the 2007 and 2017 champions advanced to the next round, where they will face either Kashima Antlers or Guangzhou Evergrande.