Group F: Melbourne Victory (AUS) 1-3 Daegu FC (KOR)
Melbourne: Korea Republic's Daegu FC fought back from a goal down to beat Melbourne Victory of Australia 3-1 in their 2019 AFC Champions League Group F opener on Tuesday.
In their very first AFC Champions League campaign, the 2018 Korean FA Cup champions were on the back foot early as the home side jumped out of the blocks to dominate early proceedings, with Raul Baena and Terry Antonis both having early efforts from long range.
Isfahan: Goalkeeper Jalal Hassan has admitted that Al Zawraa were happy to come away from the Islamic Republic of Iran with a point after the Iraqi side opened their 2019 AFC Champions League Group A campaign with a 0-0 draw against Zobahan on Monday.
The game at Foolad Shahr Stadium marked the first time an Iraqi side had appeared in the competition since Air Force Club and Erbil in 2008.
Al Zawraa spent much of the game on the back foot, with Zobahan posting 24 shots on goal across the 90 minutes, but the Iraqi backline remained resolute to ensure a happy return to a competition they last graced in 2007.
Preview - Group G: Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN) v Buriram United (THA)
Saitama: Urawa Red Diamonds return to the AFC Champions League for the first time since lifting the 2017 title when they host Thailand’s Buriram United in Group G at Saitama Stadium on Wednesday.
The Japanese side defeated Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in the final two years ago to add to the title they won a decade earlier, but they failed to qualify for last year's edition. However, after winning the 2018 Emperor’s Cup, Urawa will make their seventh appearance on the Continent.
Oswaldo de Oliveira’s team have had a poor start to their domestic season, losing the Super Cup to Kawasaki Frontale and then picking up one point from their opening two J.League games, with a 2-0 loss to Consadole Sapporo at the weekend their latest result.
Preview - Group G: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC (KOR) v Beijing FC (CHN)
Jeonju: Two-time AFC Champions League winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of Korea Republic will begin their 2019 Group G campaign against China’s Beijing FC at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on Wednesday.
Jeonbuk are one of the most decorated teams in Asia, having lifted the trophy in 2006 and 2016 as well as finishing runners-up in 2011, and they return to the competition after winning their fourth K League 1 title in five years.
The hosts, who were eliminated at the quarter-final stage by domestic rivals Suwon Samsung Bluewings last year, began the defence of their K league 1 title with a 1-1 draw against Daegu FC on Friday.
Sydney: Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque has hailed the signing of Reza Ghoochannejhad ahead of the Australian side’s opening AFC Champions League game against Korea Republic’s Ulsan Hyundai at Jubilee Stadium on Wednesday.
After spending the vast majority of his career in Europe – primarily in the Netherlands and Belgium – the Iranian forward joined Sydney on loan from Cypriot side APOEL ahead of the 2019 AFC Champions League campaign.
The 31-year-old former Islamic Republic of Iran international scored his first goal for his new club as Sydney defeated Adelaide United 2-0 in the A-League on Friday and he is now set to take his place in the starting line-up for the Group H match against 2012 winners Ulsan.
Preview - Group H: Shanghai SIPG FC (CHN) v Kawasaki Frontale (JPN)
Shanghai: The defending champions of the Chinese Super League and the J.League will face off in Group H of the AFC Champions League on Wednesday when Shanghai SIPG host Kawasaki Frontale at Shanghai Stadium.
Shanghai finally ended Guangzhou Evergrande’s dominance in China after winning the league in 2018 and return to the competition for the fourth successive year. Their best performance was when they reached the semi-finals in 2017.
The hosts, who remain unbeaten at home in the AFC Champions League, began the defence of their domestic title with a 4-0 win over city rivals Shanghai Shenhua on Friday and also defeated Beijing FC to win the Super Cup a week earlier.
Preview - Group H: Sydney FC (AUS) v Ulsan Hyundai FC (KOR)
Sydney: Australia’s Sydney FC and Ulsan Hyundai of Korea Republic will get their 2019 AFC Champions League Group H campaigns underway when they meet at Jubilee Stadium on Wednesday.
The A-League side, who are making their fifth appearance in the competition, were eliminated at the group stage in 2018 after failing to win a game or score a goal at home. Their best performance to date was when they reached the Round of 16 in 2016.
Unlike the other teams in their group, they are well into their domestic season and currently sit second in the A-League after winning their last two games, against Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United.