Beijing FC defeat Melbourne Victory to seal AFC Champions League Round of 16 berth
Doha: Beijing FC became the first team from Group E to qualify for the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) Round of 16, stretching their winning streak in the competition to four with a 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Friday.
Goals from Jonathan Viera and Zhang Yuning gave Bruno Génésio’s side a third win in the seven days, taking them beyond the group stage of the competition for the first time since 2015, and doing so with two games to spare.
While Beijing can look forward to the knockout stage, where they will join Japan’s Vissel Kobe, a third successive defeat in the competition leaves Melbourne Victory’s hopes of progression hanging by a thread, with the Australian club now relying on circumstances beyond their control if they are to extend their stay in Doha.
Late goals help Ulsan Hyundai FC sink Perth Glory in AFC Champions League clash
Doha: A dominant Ulsan Hyundai display was rewarded by two late goals as they defeated Perth Glory 2-0 at Education City Stadium in Group F of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Friday.
The Australian side went into the game knowing anything less than their first-ever AFC Champions League win would mean early elimination on their debut, while Ulsan Hyundai needed the three points to stay clear off FC Tokyo in the race for round-of-16 places.
Yokohama F. Marinos face Shanghai SIPG in battle for top spot in AFC Champions League Group H
Doha: The battle for the top spot in Group H of the 2020 AFC Champions League heats up as leaders Yokohama F. Marinos face runners-up Shanghai SIPG at Al Janoub Stadium on Saturday.
It took a last-minute strike from Jun Amano for the Japanese side to grab a 1-0 win, earning them the three points when the two teams met at the same ground on Wednesday. A result that means Yokohama F. Marinos need just three points to secure first place in the group.
Head coach Ange Postecoglou’s side arrived in Doha with six points already secured, having beaten Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2-1 and Sydney FC 4-0 in February.
Vissel Kobe in the way as Guangzhou Evergrande chase first 2020 AFC Champions League win
Doha: Having become the first team to reach the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) Round of 16, Vissel Kobe will look to repeat their victory against Guangzhou Evergrande when the two sides face-off at Al Janoub Stadium on Saturday.
The Japanese side put on an impressive display when the two teams met at Khalifa International Stadium on Wednesday. Kyogo Furuhashi scored in the same net either side of the halftime break before late goals from Douglas and Andres Iniesta sealed a 3-1 win for Vissel Kobe.
A 1-0 win against Suwon Samsung Bluewings in February, coupled with Johor Darul Ta’zim withdrawing from the competition, meant head coach Atsuhiro Miura’s side advanced to the knockout stage on their Continental debut, securing a top-two place in Group G.
2020 AFC Champions League (East): 5 Things To Look Out For
Doha: The group stage of the 2020 AFC Champions League East tips past the halfway point in the coming days with several teams looking to secure a place in the Round of 16, some down to their last chance and others trying to shake off midweek disappointment.
Qualification places are up for grabs in tightly contested groups as 12 of the 15 sides in the East square off for the second time this year. With six matches set to be played over two days, the-AFC.com has selected five things to look out for in the upcoming round of fixtures.
AFC Champions League (EAST) Toyota Player of the Week: Song Beom-keun
Doha: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors' Song Beom-keun has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) Toyota Player of the Week after the goalkeeper's phenomenal performance against Sydney FC on Wednesday.
The recently turned 23-year-old custodian was in superlative form making eight saves as he kept a cleansheet to help the Korean champions secure a vital three points in the Group H clash.