Chiangrai United revive AFC Champions League campaign with win over FC Seoul
Doha: A dramatic brace from Bill secured Chiangrai United’s first ever AFC Champions League win, and dealt a blow to FC Seoul’s knockout stage hopes as the Thai club prevailed 2-1 at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Friday.
Just three days after losing 5-0 to the same opposition, Chiangrai stunned the Koreans thanks to their Brazilian striker, who opened the scoring late in the first half, then poked home an 89th minute winner to keep Thailand’s only representative alive in the competition.
The result blows Group E wide open. Seoul remain in second place on six points, with Melbourne Victory and Chiangrai both three points adrift with two matches remaining.
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.
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.