Group F: Sanfrecce Hiroshima (JPN) 2-0 Daegu FC (KOR)
Hiroshima: Two first half goals made it two wins in a row for Sanfrecce Hiroshima after a 2-0 defeat of Daegu FC on Matchday Three of the 2019 AFC Champions League Group F on Wednesday.
The visitors travelled to Hiroshima looking to keep their perfect record in this year’s AFC Champions League campaign intact.
They were on the back foot early, however, after Park Han-bin took down Yuki Nogami in the penalty area after just eight minutes, with the referee having no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Brazilian striker Douglas Vieira was the man tasked with taking the resulting spot-kick and despite Cho Hyun-woo diving the right way, the Korea Republic international could do nothing to keep the ball out as the J.League leaders took an early lead.
Dubai: Persepolis midfielder Bashar Resan insists the Iranian side are now firmly back in contention for AFC Champions League knockout round qualification after Tuesday’s 2-0 Group D victory over Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli.
The Tehran team went into the match having picked up just one point from two games, but an acrobatic first-half effort from Shoja Khalilzadeh opened the scoring before Ali Alipour’s close-range finish shortly after the restart secured the 2-0 victory.
There are now just two points separating first-place Pakhtakor and bottom-of-the-table Al Ahli in a compact Group D, with both Persepolis and Al Sadd sandwiched in between the pair.
Jinan: Marouane Fellaini was on target for the first time in the AFC Champions League as Shandong Luneng recorded their maiden victory in the 2019 edition after a 2-1 win at home against Johor Darul Ta'zim on Tuesday.
The former Manchester United midfielder headed home from a corner on the half hour mark to open the scoring, before fellow ex-English Premier League star Graziano Pelle doubled the advantage.
JDT's young talent Safawi Rasid pulled a goal back in spetacular style just before the hour, but Fellaini and his teammates were able to hold out for a crucial win that sees them take hold of second place in Group E.
Jinan: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) skipper Hariss Harun wants his teammates to show more belief in themselves after a sloppy first-half showing led to a 2-1 defeat at Shandong Luneng on Matchday Three of the 2019 AFC Champions League.
Goals from former English Premier League stars Marouane Fellaini and Graziano Pelle handed the Chinese side a 2-0 half-time lead in the Group E clash at Jinan Olympic Sports Centre.
The Malaysian champions rallied after the interval and pulled a goal back through Safawi Rasid’s stunning long-range effort, but defeat leaves them with an uphill challenge to reach the knockout rounds.
Tashkent: Hamid Ismaeil has sung the praises of Xavi Hernandez after the Al Sadd captain scored twice in an entertaining 2-2 draw against Pakhtakor in Group D of the 2019 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Making his first appearance in this year’s competition after a lengthy injury lay-off, the Spanish midfielder opened the scoring in the sixth minute at Pakhtakor Stadium with a sweetly struck curling effort from the edge of the area.
Then, after the Uzbek side levelled through Khojiakbar Alijonov's rocket from distance, the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner netted a delightful free-kick from just outside the right side of the penalty area.