Group F: BG Pathum United beat Viettel FC to keep AFC Champions League hopes alive
Bangkok: BG Pathum United scored a crucial 2-0 win over Viettel FC in Group F to boost their hopes of advancing to the 2021 AFC Champions League Round of 16 on Friday.
Goals by Thitipan Puangchan and Chaowat Veerachat secured Thailand's BG Pathum United their second win as they moved three points clear of Vietnam champions Viettel with Ulsan Hyundai FC of Korea Republic leading the standings on nine points.
Vidmar pleased with vital three points as BG Pathum United revive AFC Champions League campaign
Bangkok: BG Pathum United head coach Aurelio Vidmar was more than pleased with his side’s resilience and determination in their 2-0 win against Viettel FC in their 2021 AFC Champions League tie on Friday.
A goal in each half secured Thailand's BG Pathum United the vital win which saw them overtake Vietnam's Viettel FC into second place in Group F with six points. Defending champions Ulsan Hyundai FC lead with nine points.
Oniki wants to keep the goals flowing after Kawasaki Frontale’s AFC Champions League avalanche
Tashkent: Kawasaki Frontale head coach Toru Oniki has vowed to keep the goals coming after his side powered to a 8-0 win over United City FC on Friday.
The defending J1 League champions totally overpowered their opponents, with Kento Tachibanada bagging a hat-trick as they piled on six second half goals.
Among the favourites to contest the final this season, Kawasaki have now scored 18 goals in just three matches, making them the tournament’s highest-scoring side team, even taking into account the West Zone where 20 teams completed a six-match schedule in May.
Preview - Group J: Refreshed Cerezo Osaka ready to run AFC Champions League race against Port FC
Buriram: Levir Culpi is confident his Cerezo Osaka players are fresh and ready to take on the second half of the schedule in Group J of the 2021 AFC Champions League after making wholesale alterations to his starting line-up for the J-League club’s previous meeting with Port FC.
The teams meet again on Saturday after Culpi made 10 changes for their first meeting on Wednesday, which ended in a 1-1 draw, but the Brazilian believes the break from a hectic run of matches will have his key performers ready to push for a place in the knockout rounds.
Preview - Group J: Chu expects a sharper Kitchee SC in second AFC Champions League meeting with Guangzhou FC
Buriram: Huang Yang is expected to return to the Kitchee SC midfield for their AFC Champions League meeting with Guangzhou FC on Saturday as the Hong Kong Premier League champions look to maintain their push for a place in the knockout rounds of this year’s competition.
The club captain missed the first meeting with the Chinese side on Wednesday after picking up yellow cards in each of Kitchee’s first two games but will be available for selection as coach Alex Chu Chi-kwong looks to build on the six points already collected in Group J.