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.
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.
Preview MD1 – Group H: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR) v Yokohama F. Marinos (JPN)
Jeonju: Two-time AFC Champions League winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors will get their 2020 campaign underway when they host Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos in Group H at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on Wednesday.
The opening-day fixture sees the champions of Korea Republic and Japan face off after both won their domestic leagues following dramatic title races at the end of 2019.
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.
Preview MD1 - Group D: Al Ain FC (UAE) vs Sepahan FC (IRN)
Al Ain: Inaugural AFC Champions League winners Al Ain welcome Islamic Republic of Iran’s Sepahan to the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on the opening Group D matchday of the 2020 edition on Tuesday.
The hosts have struggled in recent times after the high of reaching the 2016 AFC Champions League final and the disappointment of losing to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. Last year, they finished bottom of their continental group with no points.