Group I: United City, Beijing FC share spoils in AFC Champions League opener
Tashkent: A superb free-kick from Beijing FC’s Liang Showen denied United City FC of the Philippines a historic maiden AFC Champions League victory as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Bunyodkor Stadium on Saturday.
A memorable opening goal from captain Stephan Schröck had the Filipino side on course for three points in their opening Group I match, but a severely inexperienced Beijing earned a share of the spoils through Liang’s 73rd-minute strike.
Group F: Late show seals Ulsan Hyundai AFC Champions League points against Viettel FC
Bangkok: Ulsan Hyundai scored in the final seconds as the defending AFC Champions League winners edged Vietnam's Viettel FC 1-0 in their opening 2021 AFC Champions League Group G match at the Pathum Thani Stadium on Saturday.
Lukas Hinterseer forced the ball with a backheel through Viettel's Nguyen Thanh Binh's legs as Ulsan carved out the narrow win, with Thailand's BG Pathum United taking the early lead in the standings on goal difference after beating Kaya FC-Iloilo 4-1 in the group’s earlier match on Saturday.
Preview - Group J: Port FC banking on experience in AFC Champions League clash with Guangzhou FC
Buriram: Port FC head coach Sarawut Treephan will lean on his players’ greater experience when they take on a youthful Guangzhou FC in their second Group J match in the AFC Champions League in Buriram on Sunday as the club from Thailand look to pick up their first points of the 2021 campaign.
Both sides lost their opening game in the competition on Thursday and, with Guangzhou sending an inexperienced squad to Thailand for the group phase of this year’s competition, Sarawut is hoping to capitalise when the teams meet at Buriram Stadium.
Preview - Group J: Cerezo Osaka, Kitchee SC primed for AFC Champions League showdown
Buriram: Cerezo Osaka coach Levir Culpi has backed set piece specialist Motohiko Nakajima to make a major impact on the 2021 AFC Champions League as the J-League side prepare to take on Kitchee in Group J on Sunday.
Osaka won their opening game 2-0 against Guangzhou FC on Thursday and sit in joint first place in the standings with Kitchee and the Brazilian coach is expecting big things from 22-year-old Nakajima when he takes to the field against the club from Hong Kong.
Group J: Lee Man turn on the style against Tainan City FC to confirm AFC Cup knockout stage spot
Hong Kong: Lee Man booked their place in the knockout stage of the 2021 AFC Cup after defeating Tainan City FC of Chinese Taipei 4-1 in a Group J tie on Saturday.
The win took Lee Man to six points and confirmed their knockout stage spot irrespective of their result against Athletic 220 FC of Mongolia on Tuesday, having already defeated fellow Hong Kong side Eastern Long Lions on Matchday One.
Kuala Lumpur: With the draw for the final round of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar set to be held on July 1, excitement is building as the 12 teams get set to learn their opponents.
The 12 went through extremely challenging times to advance to the final round, with the two group winners and runners-up to join hosts Qatar in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Finals while the third-placed teams from the two groups will advance to the Confederation Playoff, with the winners moving into the Inter-Confederation Playoff.
Ahead of the draw, the-AFC.com retraces how the 12 teams booked their places from the second round of qualifying. We kick off our series by taking a look at Group A.