Farhad Majidi: Expect more from Esteghlal after AFC Champions League masterclass against Al Ahli Saudi
Jeddah: A delighted Farhad Majidi has warned that Esteghlal can only get better after their 5-2 win over Al Ahli Saudi FC in Group C of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Thursday.
Esteghlal cruised to the resounding win at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium thanks to a brace from Mehdi Ghayedi, with Farshid Esmaeili, Mohammad Naderi and substitute Cheick Diabaté notching one goal each with Omar Al Soma scoring both of Al Ahli’s goals.
Group C: Esteghlal show intent with resounding AFC Champions League triumph over Al Ahli Saudi
Jeddah: Islamic Republic of Iran’s Esteghlal cruised to a 5-2 victory against Al Ahli Saudi FC on Matchday One of the 2021 AFC Champions League Group C at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium on Thursday.
The two sides had met in the group stage last year, and exchanged wins with Al Ahli winning 2-1 in Kuwait on Matchday Two and Esteghlal responding with a 3-0 victory in Doha on the final matchday.
Sharjah’s Al Anbari lauds players’ discipline, Odisho rues Air Force Club mistakes in AFC Champions League opener
Sharjah: It was a tale of contrasting defensive performances as Sharjah FC snatched a 1-0 win over Air Force Club on Matchday One of the 2021 AFC Champions League Group B on Wednesday.
The Iraqi side were in control for extended spells of the first half but were unable to unlock Sharjah’s defence and ultimately paid the price as they came undone an hour into the proceedings with a swift counter-attack allowing Caio to find Khalid Bawazir at the far post to slot home the winner for the home side.
An opening day victory for head coach Abdulaziz Al Anbari’s men puts them in Group B’s driving seat after the earlier Matchday One fixture ended in a 3-3 draw between Pakhtakor and Tractor FC.
Mahdi Ali laments Shabab Al Ahli Dubai’s missed opportunities in AFC Champions League tie against Istiklol
Riyadh: Head coach Mahdi Ali was left to contemplate on what it could have been after Shabab Al Ahli Dubai were held to a goalless draw by FC Istiklol in their 2021 AFC Champions League Group A opener on Thursday.
The Emirati club pulled out all the stops in their search a goal, but were denied time and time again as Tajikistan's Istiklol defended resolutely for a share of the points at the King Fahd Stadium.
Kasimov applauds AGMK players after AFC Champions League draw with Al Hilal
Riyadh: Head coach Mirdjalal Kasimov hailed his AGMK FC players after the Uzbekistan side battled to a 2-2 draw with Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal SFC in their AFC Champions League group stage debut on Thursday.
Going into the Group A tie as outsiders, AGMK came within a whisker of defeating the 2019 AFC Champions League winners, with Zafar Polvonov giving them an 11th minute lead.
An own goal by Sardor Rakhmanov (27th) and Luciano Vietto's 36th minute strike meant Al Hilal took the lead going into the break but Sanjar Shaakhmedov scored in the 70th to ensure AGMK ended the night with their first AFC Champions League point.
Al Duhail's Lamouchi satisfied with opening AFC Champions League win, Ilic expects Al Shorta to bounce back
Jeddah: Head coach Sabri Lamouchi said it was hugely important for Al Duhail SC to open their 2021 AFC Champions League Group C campaign with a win.
Goals from Michael Olunga and Edmilson Junior steered the Qataris to a perfect start against Iraq’s Al Shorta at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium on Thursday, with Lamouchi's only regret being the margin of victory which he felt should have been higher.