Esteghlal cruise past Al Ahli Saudi to seal AFC Champions League knockout stage berth
Doha: Esteghlal cruised into the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16 with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Group A leaders Al Ahli Saudi FC in Matchday Six on Wednesday.
Head coach Majid Namjoo-Motlagh’s men went into the game with the knowledge that only a two-goal margin win would secure their place in the Round of 16 alongside Al Ahli and ahead of Al Shorta and from the start they made their intentions clear.
Carteron calls for strong Al Taawoun reaction against Al Duhail
in AFC Champions League decider
Doha: Al Duhail SC and Al Taawoun FC lock horns on Matchday Six of the 2020 AFC Champions League with knockout stage places up for grabs for all four Group C teams on Wednesday.
One point will be enough for Al Duhail to reach the Round of 16, while Al Taawoun’s fate is out of their hands, as they would require the three points in addition to a draw in the other Wednesday game between Sharjah and Persepolis.
After a bright start to the competition with back-to-back wins, Al Taawoun have been off-form since the restart, losing all three subsequent matches. The arrival of French coach Patrice Carteron ahead of Matchday Five did not change things as they suffered a 6-0 defeat to Sharjah.
Rampant Sharjah urged to avoid complacency in AFC Champions League tie against Persepolis
Doha: One of the two Round-of-16 tickets from the 2020 AFC Champions League Group C is set to be decided in the Matchday Six direct clash between Sharjah and Perseplis at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Thursday.
Both teams have seven points going into their last game of the group stage, where a win for either team means a place at the next stage.
A superior goal-difference means a draw would favour Sharjah, but it could also mean elimination for both sides should Al Taawoun defeat Al Duhail in the other Thursday game.
Sharjah have been in red hot form, scoring 10 goals in their last two games to brush aside Al Duhail 4-2 and Al Taawoun 6-0, but coach Abdulaziz Al Anbari is adamant his side should not get carried away with those results ahead of the decisive Persepolis match.
Al Sadd's Xavi eyes top spot ahead AFC Champions League encounter with Sepahan
Doha: With Round of 16 qualification already secured, Al Sadd SC hope to end their 2020 AFC Champions League group stage at the summit of Group C when they take on already eliminated Sepahan FC on Thursday.
Sepahan’s only win in the competition came in the opening game of the tournament with a 4-0 thumping of Al Ain, but early optimism quickly petered out with a draw and three losses following, meaning the Iranians’ hopes had evaporated by the end of Matchday Five.
Winning mentality key for Al Nassr's Vitoria ahead AFC Champions League tie with Al Ain
Doha: Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr face UAE Pro League’s Al Ain FC on Matchday Six of Group D in the 2020 AFC Champions League on Thursday, with the former having already qualified for the Round of 16 while their opponents have been eliminated.
Al Nassr had cruised through the group stage, beating Sepahan FC twice and drawing against Al Sadd SC twice, while their previous match against Al Ain on Matchday Two was decided by goals from Mukhtar Ali and current top scorer Abderazzaq Hamdallah.
A win for coach Rui Vitoria’s men would secure the top spot, but a draw could also be enough for Al Nassr to snatch the top spot, provided Al Sadd fail to defeat Sepahan in the other Group D fixture on Thursday.
AFC Champions League MD5 (WEST) Toyota Player of the Week: Caio
Doha: Sharjah winger Caio has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League Matchday Five Toyota Player of the Week. In data provided by OPTA, the official data provider for the Asian Football Confederation, Caio had earned a rating of 8.4 for his performance against Al Taawoun in Group C, with the Brazilian scoring once in the 6-0 win.