Beijing: There is still all to play for in the Chinese FA Cup final after a Cedric Bakambu penalty in the second half secured Beijing Guoan a 1-1 draw with Shandong Luneng in Sunday's first leg at the Workers Stadium.
Diego Tardelli had given Shandong the lead, also from the penalty spot, in the 31st minute.
Bakambu, who had conceded the penalty, made amends six minutes into the second half when he converted from the spot.
Besides the Chinese FA Cup, both teams are fighting for an automatic berth into the 2019 AFC Champions League.
Abu Dhabi: Al Wahda FSCC have parted company with head coach Laurențiu Reghecampf, the club has announced.
The 43-year-old Romanian vacated his position on Sunday following Al Wahda’s 2-1 derby defeat to Al Jazira in the UAE Pro League less than 48 hours earlier – a loss which left the 2019 AFC Champions League hopefuls sixth in the table.
Reghecampf, who guided Al Wahda to a second-place finish in last season’s UAE Pro League, had previously taken Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal SFC to the final of the 2014 AFC Champions League before seeing his side lose to Western Sydney Wanderers.
Kuala Lumpur: The challenge for the group stage of the 2019 AFC Champions League was finalised following the competition’s official draw in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis, who lost 2-0 to Kashima Antlers on aggregate in this year’s final, will begin their campaign in the West Zone’s Group D where they have Qatar's Al Saad SC, Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli Saudi FC and the Play-off 1 (UAE/UZB/IRQ) winners for company.
AFC reveals record travel contributions in club competitions
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) flagship club competitions – the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup – are to become more lucrative next season with participating teams to receive double the travel contribution across all stages in the upcoming 2019 season.
In the AFC Champions League – which is already one of the richest continental competitions in world football – clubs stand to earn over US$60,000 per match from the group stage to the semi-finals, with the total contribution rising from US$4.2 million last year to US$8.4 million next year.
Meanwhile, in the AFC Cup, the total travel contribution has doubled from US$2.94 million in 2018 to US$5.88 million in 2019.
After over 1.3 Million votes from Asia’s football fans on the-AFC.com, Kitchee SC’s Cheng Chin Lung has been selected as the winner of the best goal of 2018 AFC Champions League
The 20-year-old Hong Konger scored a dramatic winner in Matchday Four against Kashiwa Reysol that ensured a historic first AFC Champions League win for both his club Kitchee SC and, indeed, the first victory in the competition for Hong Kong.