Dheeraj Singh was like Superman for FC Goa in AFC Champions League tie with Al Wahda, says Ferrando
Goa: Head coach Juan Ferrando was full of praise for Dheeraj Singh whose heroics against United Arab Emirates’ Al Wahda earned FC Goa a 0-0 stalemate in Group E of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Saturday.
The 20-year-old stole the show with a string of fine saves at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium which led Ferrando into giving his goalkeeper the moniker ‘Superman’.
Dheeraj Singh has made a total of nine saves after two matches played and six of those came against Al Wahda.
Group E: Al Wahda, FC Goa AFC Champions League tie ends in stalemate
Goa: FC Goa maintained their unbeaten start to life in the AFC Champions League on Saturday as Juan Ferrando’s tournament debutants held Al Wahda from the United Arab Emirates to a 0-0 draw in their Group E meeting at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The draw followed the club’s goalless clash with Qatar’s Al Rayyan in the opening round of the 2021 edition of the continental club championship on Wednesday while Al Wahda picked up their first point of the campaign, having lost their first fixture against Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis FC.
Group E: Persepolis defeat Al Rayyan to stay perfect in AFC Champions League
Goa: Persepolis FC flexed their credentials as favourites as they came from behind to defeat Al Rayyan SC 3-1 in Group E of the 2021 AFC Champions League at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday.
The Islamic Republic of Iran side turned on the power in the second half as they added to the 1-0 opening day win against UAE's Al Wahda FSCC while Al Rayyan were left in search of their first victory, having been held 0-0 by FC Goa on Matchday One.
Group B: Air Force Club, Pakhtakor remain in search of first AFC Champions League win
Sharjah: There were chances aplenty but no goals at Sharjah Stadium as Air Force Club of Iraq and Pakhtakor FC of Uzbekistan played out a 0-0 draw on Matchday Two of the 2021 AFC Champions League Group B on Saturday.
Having collected a point from their 3-3 draw with Tractor FC on Matchday One, Pakhtakor were determined to get their first win of the campaign and signaled their intent with a dominant, albeit ultimately scoreless, first half display while Air Force Club sat deep and looked to hit on the counter.
Hojimat Erkinov’s cross that was easily caught by Fahad Taleb was the closest to a real chance either side could muster in the opening quarter of an hour.
Group B: Tractor FC, Sharjah in AFC Champions League deadlock
Sharjah: Tractor FC and Sharjah remained unbeaten after playing out a 0-0 draw on Matchday Two of the 2021 AFC Champions League Group B on Saturday.
Tractor went into the game determined to pick up their first win of the campaign after a thrilling opening day draw against Pakhtakor, while Sharjah - who had already beaten Iraq’s Air Force Club in the Group B opener - looked to consolidate their position on top of the group but neither side could provide the cutting edge throughout the 90 minutes.
Group D: Foolad Khouzestan edge Al Wehdat to end long AFC Champions League wait
Riyadh: Foolad Khouzestan secured their first AFC Champions League group stage win in six years, defeating Jordan’s Al Wehdat 1-0 in their Group D clash at King Fahd International Stadium on Saturday.
The match was decided by a 44th-minute penalty kick from Chimba, who netted his fourth goal in eight days to extend a successful run which began with last Saturday’s playoff victory over Al Ain.
The win sends the Iranian side into second in the group behind Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, who they will face on Tuesday, while Al Wehdat remain without a goal after two matches in their first AFC Champions League campaign.
Group D: Al Nassr impress in AFC Champions League triumph over Al Sadd
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr were in fine form as they secured a 3-1 win over Al Sadd SC of Qatar in Group D of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Saturday.
Both sides went into the tie needing the three points after having opened their campaigns with draws, with Al Sadd needing a last gasp equaliser against Islamic Republic of Iran's Foolad Khouzestan FC while Al Nassr couldn't find a way past the resolute defence of Jordan's Al Wehdat.
The win boosts 2020 AFC Champions League semi-finalists Al Nassr's hopes of advancing to the Round of 16 while Al Sadd have it all to do if they are to salvage their campaign.