Group E: Late Al Rayyan equaliser denies FC Goa historic AFC Champions League triumph
Goa: Ali Ferydoon struck in the 89th minute as Qatar's Al Rayyan salvaged a 1-1 draw with India's FC Goa in Group E of the AFC Champions League on Monday.
The late leveller was a huge blow for debutants FC Goa, who had looked like they were heading for a historic first win for an Indian club in the group stage of the continental showpiece after Jorge Ortiz had given them an early lead.
Group E: Al Wahda end Persepolis' AFC Champions League unbeaten run
Goa: Tim Matavz’s early strike ended Persepolis’ perfect record in Group E of the 2021 AFC Champions League at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday as Al Wahda FSCC from the United Arab Emirates recorded a 1-0 win that keeps alive their hopes of advancing to the Round of 16.
Slovenian forward Matavz netted with less than five minutes on the clock to earn Henk ten Cate’s side their third win of the campaign and move them on to 10 points from five games, two behind Persepolis, who still lead the group.
Victory over FC Goa in their final game on Thursday could be enough to take the club from Abu Dhabi into the next phase either as group winners – if Persepolis lose to Qatar’s Al Rayyan – or as one of the three best runners-up finishers from the West zone.
Group B: Draw dents Tractor, Pakhtakor's AFC Champions League chances
Sharjah: Tractor FC and Pakhtakor FC played out a tight 0-0 draw in Group B of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Monday.
The result leaves both sides where they were in Group B, with Tractor sitting in second place on seven points while Pakhtakor sit in third on four points, with a final group stage match up next against the Air Force Club of Iraq while Tractor face hosts Sharjah on Thursday.
With Sharjah confirming their position as group winners with a 3-2 win over Air Force Club in Monday's late match, Tractor and Pakhtakor will hope that finishing second will be enough to take them into the Round of 16.
Preview - Group A: Shabab Al Ahli, Istiklol out to keep AFC Champions League dreams alive
Riyadh: FC Istiklol will be hoping to continue their fairytale AFC Champions League campaign when they take on Shabab Al Ahli Dubai in Group A on Tuesday.
Istiklol threw the group wide open after beating 2019 champions Al Hilal SFC 4-1 on Matchday Four, with the Tajik club taking top spot from the Saudi Pro League champions on goal difference with both teams on seven points.
Shabab Al Ahli are also still in the running after playing their best football of their 2021 campaign to beat AGMK FC 3-1 on Matchday Four, placing them third in the standings on four points.
Preview - Group A: AFC Champions League hopes at stake in AGMK, Al Hilal showdown
Riyadh: AGMK FC and Al Hilal SFC desperately need the three points when they two meet in Group A of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Al Hilal lost their spot at the top of the group after suffering an amazing 4-1 defeat to FC Istiklol on Matchday Four, with the Tajikistan taking pole position on a better head-to-head record with the Saudi Pro League side with both on seven points.
AGMK may be bottom of the group with four points but are still very much in the running going into the final two Matchdays.
Preview - Group C: Al Duhail ready for Al Shorta in AFC Champions League face-off
Riyadh: Al Duhail SC will aim to tighten their grip on the Group C lead when they play Al Shorta in the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
With challengers Esteghlal FC and Al Ahli Saudi FC facing off in Group C's other tie with both needing victory, a win for Qatar's Al Duhail against Al Shorta will take them to 11 points and closer to the automatic slot to the Round of 16.
Esteghlal and Al Ahli Saudi are tied on seven points while Al Shorta are still in search of their first after four defeats.