Group F: Second half surge takes Ulsan Hyundai past Viettel as AFC Champions League knockout stage beckons
Bangkok: Ulsan Hyundai FC all but confirmed their place in the knockout stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League with a 3-0 win over Viettel FC in their Group F tie on Thursday.
Ulsan turned on the power in the second half with the triumph taking their winning streak to five in the 2021 edition and record-extending 14th consecutive AFC Champions League victory and the defending champions only have to avoid defeat against BG Pathum United on Sunday to confirm top spot in the group. Defeat against the Thais will also likely not cost them as Ulsan should advance as one of the three best runners-up.
Vietnam’s Viettel, however, will be proud of their performance after giving Ulsan a stiff fight at the Pathum Thani Stadium.
Group I: United City FC fight back to beat Beijing FC in AFC Champions League thriller
Tashkent: A fiery match that saw the lead change hands towards the end between Beijing FC and United City FC ended with the latter winning 3-2 in Group I of the 2021 AFC Champions League at the Lokomotiv Stadium on Thursday.
The two sides had met on Matchday One, with each picking up a point after they drew 1-1. This win represented the Filipino side’s first ever in the competition, and the first ever for any team from the Philippines.
Matsunami hails impact of Gamba Osaka’s Brazilian trio in big AFC Champions League win over Tampines Rovers
Tashkent: Head coach Masanobu Matsunami was of full of praise for the Brazilian contingent at Gamba Osaka as the Japanese side scored four goals in the final 15 minutes to cruise to an 8-1 win over Singapore’s Tampines Rovers on Matchday Five of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
Wellington Silva, Patric and Leandro Pereira were all second-half substitutions and they contributed to each of the side’s four late goals. Silva curled in the fifth with 15 minutes to go, before Pereira set up Patric to tap-in the sixth three minutes later. Silva then set up Shuhei Kawasaki for the seventh and Patric rounded the goalkeeper to round off the scoring three minutes before the end.
Early goals key to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors’ AFC Champions League progression, says Kim
Tashkent: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors head coach Kim Sang-sik said his side’s three first-half goals made life significantly easier as they secured their place in the 2021 AFC Champions League knockout stage on Wednesday.
The K League champions beat Thailand’s Chiangrai United 3-1 to win Group H with a game to spare, with all three of their goals coming in a highly efficient first-half display.
Chiangrai managed more possession and more shots on goal in the first half – and racked up 18 attempts for the match as a whole – but it was Jeonbuk who were better in the final third, with Modou Barrow, Hong Jeong-ho and Park Jin-seong all scoring in style.
Preview - Group J: Liu rallies young Guangzhou for final AFC Champions League push against Port FC
Buriram: Guangzhou FC coach Liu Zhuyi has called on his young players to make one last effort to leave a positive impression as the China PR club look to exit the 2021 AFC Champions League on a high when they take on Port FC in Buriram on Friday.
The Chinese Super League club sent an inexperienced squad to Thailand for the competition due to strict quarantining laws in China and Liu’s youthful group have yet to pick up a point or score a goal in their five games so far.
Preview - Group J: Kitchee target victory against Cerezo Osaka to create AFC Champions League history
Buriram: Alex Chu Chi-kwong takes his Kitchee SC team into their final Group J match of the 2021 AFC Champions League in Buriram on Friday against Cerezo Osaka knowing victory will likely earn the Hong Kong side a place in the competition’s knockout rounds for the first time in the club’s history.
Kitchee sit on 10 points from their opening five games and an additional three points from the meeting with the J-League side would likely guarantee at least one of the three runners-up spots available in the Round of 16 following the results in other groups on Wednesday.