Group D: Al Nassr impress in AFC Champions League triumph over Al Sadd
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr were in fine form as they secured a 3-1 win over Al Sadd SC of Qatar in Group D of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Saturday.
Both sides went into the tie needing the three points after having opened their campaigns with draws, with Al Sadd needing a last gasp equaliser against Islamic Republic of Iran's Foolad Khouzestan FC while Al Nassr couldn't find a way past the resolute defence of Jordan's Al Wehdat.
The win boosts 2020 AFC Champions League semi-finalists Al Nassr's hopes of advancing to the Round of 16 while Al Sadd have it all to do if they are to salvage their campaign.
Group B: Tractor FC, Sharjah in AFC Champions League deadlock
Sharjah: Tractor FC and Sharjah remained unbeaten after playing out a 0-0 draw on Matchday Two of the 2021 AFC Champions League Group B on Saturday.
Tractor went into the game determined to pick up their first win of the campaign after a thrilling opening day draw against Pakhtakor, while Sharjah - who had already beaten Iraq’s Air Force Club in the Group B opener - looked to consolidate their position on top of the group but neither side could provide the cutting edge throughout the 90 minutes.
Group E: Persepolis defeat Al Rayyan to stay perfect in AFC Champions League
Goa: Persepolis FC flexed their credentials as favourites as they came from behind to defeat Al Rayyan SC 3-1 in Group E of the 2021 AFC Champions League at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday.
The Islamic Republic of Iran side turned on the power in the second half as they added to the 1-0 opening day win against UAE's Al Wahda FSCC while Al Rayyan were left in search of their first victory, having been held 0-0 by FC Goa on Matchday One.
Group B: Air Force Club, Pakhtakor remain in search of first AFC Champions League win
Sharjah: There were chances aplenty but no goals at Sharjah Stadium as Air Force Club of Iraq and Pakhtakor FC of Uzbekistan played out a 0-0 draw on Matchday Two of the 2021 AFC Champions League Group B on Saturday.
Having collected a point from their 3-3 draw with Tractor FC on Matchday One, Pakhtakor were determined to get their first win of the campaign and signaled their intent with a dominant, albeit ultimately scoreless, first half display while Air Force Club sat deep and looked to hit on the counter.
Hojimat Erkinov’s cross that was easily caught by Fahad Taleb was the closest to a real chance either side could muster in the opening quarter of an hour.
Preview - Group A: Crucial AFC Champions League clash for Shabab Al Ahli, Al Hilal
Riyadh: All eyes will be on Group A of the 2021 AFC Champions League when Shabab Al Ahli Dubai and Al Hilal SFC lock horns at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium on Sunday.
The two teams are no strangers to each other, having met nine times previously in the AFC Champions League. Their most recent meeting was in the 2020 edition where Al Hilal claimed a 2-1 victory before withdrawing from the tournament due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the squad.
Preview - Group A: AGMK, Istiklol ready for historic AFC Champions League face off
Riyadh: It will be an historic all-Central Asian affair when Uzbekistan's AGMK FC and FC Istiklol of Tajikistan square off in Group A of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Sunday.
There is all to play for in Group A with the Matchday One ties having ended in draws and a win for either side on Sunday will put them in a comfortable position in the race to emerge group winners and seal the automatic slot to the Round of 16.
Preview - Group C: Al Shorta set for tough AFC Champions League test against Esteghlal
Jeddah: Al Shorta will be braced for a tough 90 minutes when they take on Esteghal FC in Group C of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Sunday.
Al Shorta came up short against Qatar's Al Duhail on Matchday One as the Iraqis fell to a 2-0 defeat. Esteghlal, meanwhile, romped to a 5-2 win over Al Ahli Saudi FC of Saudia Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran side will be confident of winning another three points at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.