Group F: Second half revival secures BG Pathum United crucial AFC Champions League victory over Viettel FC
Bangkok: BG Pathum United fought back from a goal down to beat Viettel FC 3-1 to keep their 2021 AFC Champions League knockout stage hopes alive on Monday.
Viettel took a deserved lead in the first half, but a flurry of goals after the break saw Thailand's BG Pathum United secure the vital win to stay second in Group F with nine points from four games, while Vietnam's Viettel are third on three points. Defending champions Ulsan Hyundai FC lead the standings on 12 points.
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Bangkok: There were goals galore on Matchday Four in the 2021 AFC Champions League (East) with a series of stunning strikes coming from the games played out in the host cities of Pathum Thani, Tashkent, Buriram and Bangkok.
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Preview - Group J: Kitchee SC's counter attacks can derail Port FC's AFC Champions League dreams, warns Sarawut
Buriram: Sarawut Treephan has warned his Port FC players to be wary of Kitchee’s counter attacking strengths when they take on the Hong Kong Premier League champions in their 2021 AFC Champions League Group J clash at Buriram Stadium on Tuesday.
Port witnessed Kitchee’s ability to score on the break in the teams’ opening encounter in the competition when Alex Chu Chi-kwong’s side notched up a 2-0 win despite the Thai League side dominating for much of the game.
Preview - Group J: Cerezo Osaka's Culpi cautious despite Guangzhou FC players' lack of AFC Champions League experience
Buriram: Levir Culpi will not be underestimating Guangzhou FC’s youngsters as he leads his Cerezo Osaka side into their Group J clash with the Chinese side looking to notch up another win on their way to securing a place in the knockout rounds of the 2021 AFC Champions League.
Culpi’s side have won three of their four opening games and lead the Group J standings with 10 points to sit one point clear of Kitchee with two games remaining and take on a Guangzhou side that has struggled in the competition so far.
Beijing challenge won, Daegu’s Lee looks ahead to AFC Champions League blockbuster with Kawasaki Frontale
Tashkent: Daegu FC head coach Lee Byung-geun allowed himself to look ahead to Thursday’s likely group-decider against Kawasaki Frontale after his side saw off Beijing FC for a second time in four days at Bunyodkor Stadium on Monday.
Needing three points to stay within striking distance of the Japanese group leaders, Daegu enjoyed total dominance against Beijing, amassing 32 shots on goal to one in a match they ultimately won 3-0.
Kim Jin-hyuk and standout second-half substitute Jeong Chi-in found the net for Daegu, while Beijing skipper Liang Shaowen scored an unfortunate own goal on a night where the conditions arguably tested Lee’s side as much as their opponents.
Ulsan’s Hong applauds Yoon for AFC Champions League masterclass against Kaya FC-Iloilo
Bangkok: Ulsan Hyundai FC head coach Hong Myung-bo praised match winner Yoon Bit-garam for his tireless efforts in ensuring their AFC Champions League unbeaten run remained intact after beating Kaya FC-Iloilo 2-1 on Monday.
Yoon had opened the scoring in bizarre fashion in the 27th minute when the ball hit his face before settling in the net but defending champions Ulsan were reduced to 10 men in the Group F just four minutes later after Kim Min-jun was sent off.
Kaya emerged stronger in the second half to score in the 47th minute, but Player of the Match Yoon restored their lead almost immediately to extend Ulsan’s winning streak to 13 matches.
Vidmar credits BG Pathum United’s determination for AFC Champions League comeback win over Viettel FC
Bangkok: BG Pathum United head coach Aurelio Vidmar hailed the winning mindset that saw the Thai club come from behind to beat Vietnam's Viettel FC in their 2021 AFC Champions League match on Monday.
The hosts went into the second half trailing after Viettel’s Pedro Paulo broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute but three different scorers found the back of the net within a space of eight minutes to secure a resounding win for BG Pathum United.