Group C: Al Ahli Saudi, Esteghlal draw takes AFC Champions League race down to the wire
Jeddah: Al Ahli Saudi FC and Esteghlal FC played out a goalless draw at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium on Tuesday to set up a thrilling final matchday in Group C of the 2021 AFC Champions League.
A goalless draw means three teams – Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli, Al Duhail of Qatar and Islamic Republic of Iran's Esteghlal go into the final matchday with eight points to their names. Esteghlal face Al Shorta on Friday while Al Ahli’s Matchday Six game pits them against Al Duhail.
Al Ahli Saudi's Reghecampf disappointed, Esteghlal's Majidi blames fatigue after AFC Champions League stalemate
Jeddah: Head coach Laurentiu Reghecampf did not hide is dismay following Al Ahli Saudi FC’s 0-0 draw with Esteghlal FC in Group C of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
With Qatar’s Al Duhail SC having suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Al Shorta of Iraq in the group earlier match on Tuesday, Al Ahli Saudi and Esteghlal went into their tie at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium knowing victory would place them in pole position to win the group and seal the sole automatic ticket to the Round of 16.
Instead, the 90 minutes ended in a stalemate, with both tied on eight points with Al Duhail going into Matchday Six on Thursday.
Lamouchi laments ‘worst’ Al Duhail performance, Ilic hails Al Shorta for huge AFC Champions League performance
Jeddah: Sabri Lamouchi admitted that Al Duhail were at their worst in the 2-1 defeat to Al Shorta in Group C of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
The Al Duhail head coach could only watch bemusedly as the already eliminated Al Shorta claimed their first points of the campaign thanks to goals from Amjed Attwan and Mohammed Dawood.
While the Iraqi side had every reason to celebrate their victory, the result was a body blow to Al Duhail’s Round of 16 chances, with the Qataris tied on eight points with Islamic Republic of Iran’s Esteghlal FC and Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli Saudi FC going into Matchday Six.
Micale lauds Al Hilal players after AFC Champions League rebound against AGMK
Riyadh: Head coach Rogério Micale praised the response of his Al Hilal SFC players after the Saudi Pro League side cruised to 3-0 win over Uzbekistan’s AGMK FC in Group A of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Al Hilal showed no signs of carrying the effects of the 4-1 Machday Four defeat to FC Istiklol as goals from Luciano Vietto, Bafetimbi Gomis and Yasir Al Shahrani sealed victory against AGMK at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium.
The three points took Al Hilal to 10 points, level with FC Istiklol with the Tajikistan side topping the table on a better head-to-head with the Saudi side.
Istiklol hero Dzhalilov dedicates AFC Champions League triumph over Shabab Al Ahli to Tajikistan
Riyadh: Match winner Alisher Dzhalilov dedicated FC Istiklol’s vital 2021 AFC Champions League win over Shabab Al Ahli Dubai to Tajikistan.
Dzhalilov struck in the last minute of stoppage time to secure all three points for Istiklol, keeping the Tajikistan champions at the top of Group A with 10 points, with the captain also praising his teammates on following their game plan.
Xavi praises Al Sadd for playing ‘like warriors’ in vital AFC Champions League win against Foolad Khouzestan
Riyadh: Al Sadd SC head coach Xavi had nothing but praise for his side’s performance after the Qatar champions defeated Foolad Khouzestan FC 1-0 in Group D of the AFC Champions League on Monday.
Nam Tae-hee’s 64th minute header proved the difference in their Matchday Five clash, as Al Sadd moved up to the top of the standings with 10 points.
Xavi’s charges held control of the match at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, recording nearly 60 percent of possession with 12 shots, and the legendary Spaniard was ecstatic with the vital win as a draw against Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr on Thursday will seal Al Sadd their Round of 16 berth.