Buriram: A first-half goal from Ruslan Mingazov saw Kitchee SC get off to a winning start in Group J of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 following a narrow 1-0 win over Thailand's Chiangrai United on Saturday.
Kitchee went in front inside 20 minutes at Buriram City Stadium when Turkmenistan international Mingazov marked his debut with a goal and, after withstanding late Chiangrai pressure, the Hong Kong Premier League side held out for the victory.
Group H: Leo Ceara double steers Yokohama F Marinos past Hoang Anh Gia Lai
Ho Chi Minh: Leo Ceara’s first half brace ensured Yokohama F Marinos made a winning start to Group H of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday as Kevin Muscat’s side handed Vietnam’s Hoang Anh Gia Lai a 2-1 defeat.
The Brazilian opened the scoring with a cheeky flick in the 19th minute and doubled his side’s lead with a header six minutes later before an own goal by F Marinos captain Takuya Kida gave the Vietnamese side hope.
Lion City Sailors will close the gap, says coach Kim
Buriram: Singapore’s Lion City Sailors FC kicked off their maiden AFC Champions League™ campaign with a 4-1 defeat to Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan, but head coach Kim Do-hoon has promised to ‘reduce the gap’ in their upcoming Group F matches.
The J League side cruised to an opening day win with four different players etching their names on the scoresheet, and were denied a clean sheet by David Moberg’s first half on goal.
Last gasp defeat tough to take, says United City’s Withe
Pathum Thani: United City FC boss Jason Withe revealed his disappointment after a last gasp Jeonnam Dragons winner denied his side a draw in their opening AFC Champions League™ 2022 Group G clash at Pathum Thani Stadium on Friday.
The Filipino side kept the Korean FA Cup winners to few clear-cut chances during a strong first half performance, but Jeonnam took control after the interval, edging closer and closer to a breakthrough before Leonard Pllana’s 87th-minute strike secured a 1-0 win.
Mora rallies Johor Darul Ta’zim to build on historic victory
Johor Bahru: Prior to Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT)’s 5-0 masterclass against Guangzhou FC in Friday’s Group I opener, the Southern Tigers had managed just three victories since their debut in the AFC Champions League™ in 2019, with the single-goal margin the common denominator across all three triumphs.
Not only was Friday’s commanding spectacle JDT’s best-ever start to the AFC Champions League™, but it was also their biggest winning margin on Asia’s pinnacle club stage and head coach Benjamin Mora is confident his charges will carry the momentum as they seek to navigate past the group stage for the first time.
Buriram: Daegu FC head coach Alexandre Gama praised his team for executing their plans perfectly to pick up their first win in Group F of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 on Friday.
The K League outfit scored seven unanswered goals to secure the three points against Shandong Taishan FC at the Buriram City Stadium to sit top of the standings, with Urawa Red Diamonds in second place on goal difference.