Chiangrai United hold Beijing FC to end AFC Champions League campaign on a high
Doha: Beijing FC completed their AFC Champions League group stage campaign with an unbeaten record, coming from behind to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw against Chiangrai United on Thursday.
Chiangrai looked set to inflict Beijing's first defeat of the competition when substitute Ekanit Panya put them ahead in the 55th minute, but another replacement, Beijing’s A Lan, squared the ledger with 14 minutes remaining, only to miss a penalty kick in the dying moments.
Melbourne Victory advance to AFC Champions League last 16 at FC Seoul's expense
Doha: Melbourne Victory reached the AFC Champions League knockout stage for the second time in their history after beating FC Seoul 2-1 in the decisive Matchday Six fixture of Group E of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Thursday.
With the top spot in the group secured by Beijing FC, the two sides went into the game with the knowledge that their future in the competition hung on achieving a result on the night, for Melbourne Victory that meant the three points only, while a draw would be enough for FC Seoul.
FC Tokyo defeat Perth Glory to book AFC Champions League last 16 spot
Doha: FC Tokyo continued their tradition of reaching the knockout stage in each of their continental appearances, as an Adailton goal earned them a repeat of their 1-0 win over Perth Glory to seal second place in Group F of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Thursday.
The Japanese capital side had first competed in the 2012 AFC Champions League, reaching the Round of 16 before exiting at the hands of Guangzhou Evergrande.
Four years later, they repeated the feat and it was Shanghai SIPG who knocked them out. Now four more years afterwards, they are set to face a third Chinese team, Beijing FC at the same stage.
Ulsan Hyundai FC dash Shanghai Shenhua's AFC Champions League hopes
Doha: Shanghai Shenhua fell short of their first AFC Champions League knockout stage berth since 2006 as Ulsan Hyundai continued their Group F dominance with a resounding 4-1 win at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Thursday.
The K League runners up made sweeping changes to their line-up but there was little difference in terms of the result, with Park Jeong-in and Lee Sang-heon both scoring early before Bjørn Johnsen added a late brace in a fifth consecutive win for Kim Do-hoon’s side.
While Ulsan can look forward to the business end of the competition, it was the end of the road for Shenhua, who pulled a goal back through Bi Jinhao at the hour mark.
Posctecoglou urges Yokohama F. Marinos to embrace AFC Champions League opportunity against Sydney FC
Doha: They are guaranteed to advance to the Round of 16, and their opponents are sure to be eliminated, but Ange Postecoglou has advised his Yokohama F. Marinos players to embrace the opportunity in Friday’s AFC Champions League clash against Sydney FC.
The 2019 J League champions know their place in the Round of 16 is secure and, with an unlikely combination of results needed to dethrone them as Group H winners, and Postecoglou did confirm that he will use the fixture to freshen up his squad.
But that doesn’t mean the former Australian national team boss sees the clash against his countrymen as any less meaningful, and he declared the match at Al Janoub Stadium a golden opportunity for his side to continue to impress.
Attacking potency the key for Suwon Samsung Bluewings against Vissel Kobe in chase for AFC Champions League Round of 16 berth
Doha: The job may have been done in terms of qualification to the Round of 16 for Vissel Kobe but for Suwon Samsung Bluewings, it is all to play for on Matchday Six of Group G of the 2020 AFC Champions League.
Sitting in third place, the Korea Republic side need to win by a two-goal margin to overtake Guangzhou Evergrande, who are in second place on five points with a goal difference of zero, having drawn both games together.
Vissel Kobe and Suwon Samsung Bluewings met back in February and with the score tied at 0-0, Kyogo Furuhashi’s extremely late effort gave the J1 League side the win at Suwon World Cup Stadium.
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors targeting a dignified AFC Champions League exit against Shanghai SIPG
Doha: Group H of the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) is unlikely to see significant changes on Matchday Six as already qualified Shanghai SIPG face eliminated Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors at Khalifa International Stadium on Friday.
A 10-goal difference separates runners-up Shanghai SIPG from group leaders Yokohama F. Marinos who face bottom side Sydney FC simultaneously at Al Janoub Stadium, meaning the top spot is beyond Vitor Perreira’s men unless the Australians can cruise past their opponents while SIPG do the same to hit 12 points and bridge that gap.
More realistically, the Chinese Super League side will be looking forward to their Round of 16 encounter against confirmed Group G winners Vissel Kobe.