Analysis: Pohang Steelers utilise wingers to outflank Ratchaburi in AFC Champions League face-off
Bangkok: Korea Republic's Pohang Steelers kicked off the 2021 AFC Champions League (East) on Tuesday with a professional performance in their 2-0 win over Ratchaburi FC of Thailand.
Despite missing one of their key players for the Continental campaign, Pohang saw off Ratchaburi with a pair of goals in each half from Borys Tashchy and Lim Sang-hyub to pick up three points at Rajamangala Stadium.
The-AFC.com dives into some of the key takeaways from the game.
Kim demands more from Pohang Steelers despite AFC Champions League win against Ratchaburi
Bangkok: Pohang Steelers head coach Kim Gi-dong has urged his side to be more clinical in front of goal following their 2-0 victory against Thailand’s Ratchaburi FC in Group G of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Pohang secured the three points thanks to efforts from Boris Tashchy and Lim Sang-Hyub with the K-League 1 club leading the standings on goal difference after Japan’s Nagoya Grampus opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over , Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia.
Patience was key to Nagoya Grampus' AFC Champions League victory against Johor Darul Ta’zim, says Ficcadenti
Bangkok: Patience is a virtue and head coach Massimo Ficcadenti believes Japan's Nagoya Grampus were rewarded with a 1-0 victory over Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim in Group G of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday for showing composure.
Nagoya’s Hiroyoki Abe scored the only goal of the game in a tightly contested affair at the Rajamangala Stadium.
The Japanese side are second in the standings behind Korea Republic’s Pohang Steelers, who have a better goal difference following their 2-0 win over Thailand's Ratchaburi FC in the group's other tie on Tuesday.
2021 AFC Champions League (East): 5 Things To Look Out For
Kuala Lumpur: The kick off to the 2021 AFC Champions League (East) is now just hours away as 20 sides across five groups get set to battle it out in the group stage of Asia's premier club competition.
An expanded format sees teams from Vietnam and Singapore return for the first time in a number of years, while there is also an AFC Champions League debut for the Philippines as sides from Southeast Asia play a more prominent role.
With holders Ulsan Hyundai as well as former winners Gamba Osaka, Guangzhou FC, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Pohang Steelers in the mix, the-AFC.com has selected five things to look out for ahead of the opening games on June 22.
2021 AFC Champions League (East): Five Forwards in Form
Kuala Lumpur: As the big kick off to the 2021 AFC Champions League rapidly approaches, the-AFC.com takes a look at the strikers who are poised to make a difference in the eastern side of the continent.
With no shortage of attacking talent on display, we shine the spotlight on five frontmen who are on fire in their clubs’ domestic campaigns and could be set to bring those hot streaks onto the Asian stage in this year's continental club competition.