Analysis: Efficient Jeonbuk progress as Chiangrai show they belong in AFC Champions League
Tashkent: In a match that Chiangrai United realistically had to win to have any chance of reaching the 2021 AFC Champions League knockout rounds, they fell just short against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors but their improvement on the continent continues.
The two-time champions' 3-1 victory ensured they advanced to the the Round of 16 as Group H winners with a game to spare as the northern Thai side – despite a couple of impressive results in Tashkent – saw their elimination confirmed.
After a decisive night at Lokomotiv Stadium, the-AFC.com looks back at some of the key takeaways from the game.
Early goals key to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors’ AFC Champions League progression, says Kim
Tashkent: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors head coach Kim Sang-sik said his side’s three first-half goals made life significantly easier as they secured their place in the 2021 AFC Champions League knockout stage on Wednesday.
The K League champions beat Thailand’s Chiangrai United 3-1 to win Group H with a game to spare, with all three of their goals coming in a highly efficient first-half display.
Chiangrai managed more possession and more shots on goal in the first half – and racked up 18 attempts for the match as a whole – but it was Jeonbuk who were better in the final third, with Modou Barrow, Hong Jeong-ho and Park Jin-seong all scoring in style.
Nagoya’s Ficcadenti looks ahead, Kim optimistic about Pohang’s AFC Champions League chances
Bangkok: Massimo Ficcadenti has challenged his Nagoya Grampus side to build on their unbeaten run in the 2021 AFC Champions League after the Japanese side ended their Group G campaign with a 1-1 draw against Korea Republic’s Pohang Steelers on Wednesday.
Pohang’s Boris Tashchy struck late in the game to cancel out Naoki Maeda’s second half goal to deny Nagoya a sixth consecutive victory at the Rajamangala Stadium.
Nagoya ended their campaign with 16 points with Pohang five adrift and needing results elsewhere to go their way if they are to advance to the Round of 16 as one of the three best runners-up from the East zone.
Mora pleased with Johor Darul Ta’zim’s development, Siripong cherishes Ratchaburi’s AFC Champions League experience
Bangkok: Benjamin Mora was satisfied with his Johor Darul Ta'zim side despite the Malaysian side being held to a 0-0 draw by Thailand’s Ratchaburi FC in their final 2021 AFC Champions League Group G match on Wednesday.
The two sides could not break the deadlock at the Rajamangala Stadium as Johor Darul Ta’zim ended their 2021 AFC Champions League campaign in third place with four points, two ahead of Ratchaburi.
Preview - Group F: Ulsan Hyundai confident of handling Viettel threat to secure AFC Champions League Round of 16 seat
Bangkok: Ulsan Hyundai FC head coach Hong Myung-bo is confident that his charges can repeat their success against Viettel FC when the two teams meet on Matchday Five of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Thursday.
Ulsan, who are on a 13-match winning streak in the AFC Champions League, lead Group F with 12 points and a win on Thursday will keep them in the driver's seat to book a place in the Round of 16. Thailand's BG Pathum United are second on nine points while Viettel are no longer in contention for a place in the knockout stage with just three points to their name.
Preview - Group F: Pathum United focused on victory, Kaya FC-Iloilo aiming for AFC Champions League upset
Bangkok: BG Pathum United head coach Aurelio is focused only on getting three points against Kaya FC-Iloilo when the two sides meet on Matchday Five of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Thursday.
Ulsan Hyundai FC lead Group F on 12 points, with BG Pathum United - three behind in second place - facing a must-win situation against already eliminated Kaya FC-Iloilo if they are to keep pace with the defending champions in the race to finish top and seal the sole automatic spot in the Round of 16.
Preview - Group I: Daegu’s Lee chasing AFC Champions League revenge in group-defining Kawasaki Frontale clash
Tashkent: Daegu FC head coach Lee Byung-geun said he was eager to avoid a second defeat to Kawasaki Frontale ahead of the potentially decisive AFC Champions League meeting between the two sides on Thursday.
Kawasaki beat the Korean outfit 3-2 back on Matchday One, with both teams piling on goals and wins ever since to ensure the three-point lead established by Toru Oniki’s side back then remains in place going into each side's penultimate match in the group.
That means Daegu will have the chance to leapfrog the reigning J1 League champions into the group leadership at Bunyodkor Stadium, putting themselves into an exceptionally strong position to advance to the Round of 16 for the first time in the process .