Group D - MD1: Al Nassr (KSA) 2-2 Al Sadd SC (QAT)
Riyadh: A highly entertaining clash at the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Stadium saw Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr and Qatar’s Al Sadd SC play out a 2-2 draw in their opening 2020 AFC Champions League Group D match on Tuesday.
The two teams had in the quarter-finals of the previous edition, with the first leg ending in a 2-1 home victory for Al Nassr.
Group C - MD1: Sharjah (UAE) 0-1 Al Taawoun FC (KSA)
Sharjah: Faisal Darwish’s magnificent first-half free-kick was the difference as Al Taawoun FC came away from Sharjah with the three points, defeating Sharjah FC 1-0 on Matchday One of the 2020 AFC Champions League Group C on Tuesday.
With both teams appearing in the competition for just the second time in their history, there was a lot of intrigue in the air at the Sharjah Stadium where the visitors were attempting to get their first-ever away victory.
Group C - MD1: Al Duhail SC (QAT) 2-0 Persepolis FC (IRN)
Doha: Mario Mandzukic opened his 2020 AFC Champions League account as Qatar’s Al Duhail SC defeated Persepolis of the Islamic Republic of Iran 2-0 at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Group C on Tuesday.
Coach Walid Regragui’s men settled the tie inside the first 15 minutes with a quick double-salvo.
With just five minutes gone, Almoez Ali’s persistence coupled with a lack of discipline from Persepolis defender allowed Mandzukic to get his first goal in Asia’s prime club competition.
Group E - MD1: Melbourne Victory (AUS) 1-0 Chiangrai United (THA)
Melbourne: A battling display from start to finish ensured Australia’s Melbourne Victory began their 2020 AFC Champions League Group E campaign in fine style on Tuesday thanks to 1-0 win over competition debutants Chiangrai United.
Ola Toivonen’s first half penalty ultimately proved the difference against resilient opponents as Melbourne shrugged off disappointing domestic form to record an ideal start to the club’s eighth AFC Champions League outing.
The result leaves Carlos Salvachua’s charges occupying top spot in the Group E standings on a day when fellow hopefuls FC Seoul from Korea Republic and China PR’s Beijing FC were not in action.
Group F - MD1: Ulsan Hyundai FC (KOR) 1-1 FC Tokyo (JPN)
Ulsan: Adailton headed past his own goalkeeper eight minutes from time to deny FC Tokyo a winning start to their 2020 AFC Champions League Group F campaign on Tuesday as the Brazilian’s late own goal handed hosts Ulsan Hyundai FC a 1-1 draw.
Diego Oliveira had given last year’s J.League runners-up the lead 19 minutes into the second half at Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium only for his Brazilian compatriot to find the back of his own net to hand Kim Do-hoon’s side a point at the end of an entertaining 90 minutes.
Lucescu warns Al Hilal to brace for tougher campaign
Dubai: Al Hilal SFC head coach Razvan Lucescu believes his side should have registered a more emphatic result against Shahr Khodro as the defending champions started their 2020 AFC Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win at Al Wasl Stadium on Monday.
Goals from Andre Carrillo and Bafetimbi Gomis gave Al Hilal a perfect start to their title defence in Group B but Romanian Lucescu felt they should have scored more goals to add icing to a great performance.