Al Ain: Islamic Republic of Iran’s Esteghlal came from behind to earn a 2-1 win against UAE’s Al Ain at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on Matchday Six of the 2019 AFC Champions League Group C on Monday.
With the first clear-cut chance of the game, Al Ain took the lead through Marcus Berg 13 minutes in. The Swedish international striker brought the ball over the halfway line before supplying it to Bandar Al Ahbabi wide on the right.
Berg then charged into the penalty box to get on the end of Al Ahbabi’s return pass and apply a composed first-time finish through the legs of Seyed Hosseini for the opening goal.
Group C: Al Duhail SC (QAT) 2-2 Al Hilal SFC (KSA)
Doha: A late strike from substitute Khalid Muneer earned Al Duhail SC a 2-2 draw against Al Hilal SFC at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium on Matchday Six of the 2019 AFC Champions League Group C on Monday.
With a Round of 16 place already in the bag, Al Duhail opted to rest the likes of Medhi Benatia and Almoez Ali. They were also without the services of injured defender Bassam Al Rawi.
Tehran: Persepolis FC ended their 2019 AFC Champions League Group D campaign on a high as the Iranian champions beat Qatar's Al Sadd SC 2-0 on Monday.
Having already secured their place in the Round of 16, Al Sadd needed a point to ensure they ended the group stage in top spot, while Persepolis had already been eliminated and sat bottom of the group with four points.
Kuala Lumpur: The final qualification places for the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 will be decided in the coming days as the Matchday Six games promise to throw up some intriguing contests.
Four knockout round berths remain up for grabs in the East Zone while just one spot is still available in the West. Ahead of the final set of group stagefixtures, the-AFC.com has chosen five things to look out for.
Must-win match with Ulsan will be like a final, says Wang Shenchao
Shanghai: Shanghai SIPG defender Wang Shenchao has admitted making the 2019 AFC Champions League's Round of 16 is of vital importance ahead of their crucial Group H clash against Ulsan Hyundai on Tuesday.
Since they first appeared in the AFC Champions League in their maiden tournament in 2016, Shanghai SIPG have reached at least the Round of 16 in all three Continental campaigns.
However, failure to win against unbeaten Group H winners Ulsan, coupled with a Kawasaki Frontale win away at Sydney FC, would see that proud record end. And so, China PR international Wang Shenchao is well aware of the significance of the tie at Shanghai Stadium.
Muscat leaves Melbourne Victory after 14 years at club
Melbourne: Kevin Muscat resigned as Melbourne Victory head coach by mutual agreement on Monday, ending his 14-year association with the A-League powerhouse.
His departure follows a 6-1 defeat by Sydney FC in the A-League semi-finals this month, with his last game in charge to be the final 2019 AFC Champions League Group F clash against Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Wednesday. Victory are bottom of the group and already eliminated.
The former Socceroo, who had stints at Wolves, Crystal Palace and Rangers during a long playing career, said he would take a break and then look for a new challenge.