Riyadh: Al Rayyan boosted their hopes of advancing to the AFC Champions League™ 2022 knockout stage with a 3-1 defeat of Sharjah in Group A on Tuesday.
Caio’s long-range effort cancelled out Salem Sultan’s own goal but Al Rayyan roared back with Steven N'zonzi and Brahimi finding the net as the Qatari side moved to seven points, three ahead of their vanquished opponents. Defending champions Al Hilal lead the group.
Group A: Ighalo, Al Dawsari take Al Hilal into Round of 16
Riyadh: Al Hilal SFC kept their flawless run intact in Group A, defeating Tajikistan’s Istiklol 3-0 to become the first team to qualify for the AFC Champions League™ 2022 Round of 16 on Tuesday.
It was all Al Hilal from start to finish with Odion Ighalo netting a brace and Salem Al Dawsari a late third for the Saudi Arabian side who are seeking to win the AFC Champions League for the third time in four years.
The result leaves Al Hilal with 12 points, five more than Al Rayyan, while UAE’s Sharjah - who lost 3-1 to the Qatari side earlier on Tuesday, are third with four points. Al Hilal's place in the Round of 16 is assured irrespective of the results from the remaining two matchdays.
Disappointment for Sydney's Corica, Kiatisuk proud of Hoang Anh Gia Lai
Ho Chi Minh: Sydney FC head coach Steve Corica did not hide his disappointment following his side's 1-1 draw with Hoang Anh Gia Lai in Group H of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 on Tuesday.
Although the Vietnamese side had opened the scoring through Vu Van Thanh's strike from distance in the 26th minute, Sydney had more than their fair share of chances to win the match.
In the end, substitute Trent Buhagiar's header moments after coming on was all Sydney had to show for their efforts and Corica admitted his disappointment, with the Australian side having opened their campaign with a goalless draw with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.
Vissel Kobe’s Lotina refuses to get carried away despite flying start
Buriram: Head coach Miguel Angel Lotina feels there are still aspects his Vissel Kobe side need to improve despite their AFC Champions League™ 2022 Group J opening match 2-1 win over Hong Kong outfit Kitchee SC on Tuesday.
Vissel opened the scoring on the 15-minute mark through Yuta Goke and then doubled their lead when Shion Inoue struck with five minutes remaining before having to survive a late scare after Alex Akande netted for Kitchee in added time.