Riyadh: Istiklol bowed out of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 with a 2-0 win against Sharjah in their final Group A game on Wednesday.
There was little to play for with both sides down and out, and Sharjah went into this game with a heavily rotated side, although there were injuries such as the one keeper Adel Al Hosani picked up in the previous game which saw his understudy, Darwish Mohamed, get the nod for the stopper’s place.
Group A: Al Rayyan celebrate qualification in style against Al Hilal
Riyadh: Al Rayyan celebrated their AFC Champions League™ 2022 Round of 16 qualification by defeating Al Hilal SFC 2-0 in Group A on Wednesday.
Al Rayyan, whose maiden appearance in the knockout stage had been confirmed before a ball was kicked at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, took the lead through an own goal by Jang Hyun-soo before Yohan Boli doubled their advantage in the closing stages of the first half.
Group E: Al Sadd edge Al Faisaly to end on high note
Dammam: Al Sadd SC beat Al Faisaly FC 1-0, courtesy of Pedro Miguel's second half strike, to conclude their AFC Champions League 2022™ Group E campaign on a high note on Wednesday.
Al Sadd overtook Al Wehdat SC to finish third in Group E on seven points, while Al Faisaly took top spot with nine points, tallying FC Nasaf, who confirmed their place in the Round of 16 as one of three best second-placed teams in the West Zone.
Dammam: FC Nasaf advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time in their history after drawing Al Wehdat 2-2 on Matchday Six of Group E of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 at Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium on Wednesday.
Al Wehdat came into their last game of the campaign with slender hopes; only a big win to reverse the 2-0 defeat against Nasaf would take them through to the Round of 16, while anything less would mean a historic first qualification for the Uzbek side.
Group F: Daegu ease past Shandong Taishan to take race to the wire
Buriram: Daegu FC were at their scintillating best to defeat Shandong Taishan 4-0 in Group F of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 on Wednesday.
The result meant Daegu regained control of top spot in Group F with the side from Korea Republic level on 10 points with Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds with the sole automatic spot to the Round of 16 to be decided on Saturday.
Group F: Urawa Red Diamonds beat Lion City Sailors to maintain pressure
Buriram: Urawa Red Diamonds firmly reestablished themselves in the race for a place in the AFC Champions League™ 2022 Round of 16 with an emphatic 6-0 win over Lion City Sailors in Group F on Wednesday.
The result took the Japanese side to 10 points, with the race for the sole automatic slot from the group into the knockout stage to be decided on Saturday's final matchday.
Group G: Melbourne City, BG Pathum United share spoils
Pathum Thani: BG Pathum United and Melbourne City FC ensured the race to top AFC Champions League™ Group G will go to the final day after the sides played out a scoreless draw at Pathum Thani Stadium on Wednesday.
The result keeps both sides in with a chance of reaching the last 16, but neither will be sure of safety until at least Saturday after the section’s two best teams went toe-to-toe over 90 compelling minutes.
With 11 points from five matches BG Pathum remain on top of the group, and will stay there if they beat Jeonnam Dragons in their final match, while Melbourne City increased their tally to nine ahead of their clash against United City FC.
Group G: Pllana, Park strikes secure Jeonnam Dragon victory
Pathum Thani: Leonard Pllana kept Jeonnam Dragons’ hopes of a first ever AFC Champions League™ knockout stage berth alive, playing a key role in a crucial 2-0 win over ten-man United City FC on Wednesday.
The Kosovan forward scored seven minutes after being introduced as a second-half substitute, before Park In-hyeok added a late sealer, to increase the Korean FA Cup winners' tally to seven points from five matches, but their path to the Round of 16 remains far from straightforward.
Jeonnam must now defeat group leaders BG Pathum United on Saturday and hope bottom placed United City can pull off an upset against Melbourne City, but even that scenario may not be enough if they are not among the three best second-placed teams in the competition’s East Zone.
Group I: Johor Darul Ta’zim defeat Guangzhou to set up exciting finale
Johor Bahru: Johor Darul Ta’zim continued their formidable run in the AFC Champions League™ 2022 Group I after the eight-time Malaysian Super League champions clinched a gritty 2-0 victory over Guangzhou FC at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium on Wednesday.
A penalty brace by Bergson for the Southern Tigers kept alive their ambitions of securing a historic place in the Round of 16, setting the stage for a winner-takes-all showdown against Ulsan Hyundai in their final match.
Group I: Ulsan Hyundai edge Kawasaki Frontale in thriller
Johor Bahru: Ulsan Hyundai have resurrected their hopes of a place in the AFC Champions League™ 2022 Round of 16 after the Korea Republic side powered to a hard-earned 3-2 victory over Kawasaki Frontale in a captivating Group I encounter at the Tan Sri Dato' Hj Hassan Yunos Stadium on Wednesday.
In a congested race for the sole automatic qualification spot, the K League leaders leaped over their Japanese rivals to go top of the group on 10 points and their destiny now rests firmly on their shoulders with victory against Johor Darul Ta’zim on the final match day on Saturday confirming their place in the Round of 16.