Hong urges Ulsan Hyundai to turn continental heartbreak into K-League glory
Johor Bahru: Ulsan Hyundai head coach Hong Myung-bo has backed his charges to rebound on the domestic front as the Horangi were handed a devastating 2-1 stoppage-time defeat against Group I rivals Johor Darul Ta’zim on Saturday, which effectively ended their hopes of remaining in this season’s AFC Champions League™.
As one of the most successful clubs in Asian football history, the Horangi were visibly crestfallen as Park Yong-woo’s stoppage time own-goal handed the winners in 2020 and 2012 their first exit from the group stage since 2017.
Ecstatic Mora credits Johor Darul Ta’zim fans for historic victory
Johor Bahru: Benjamin Mora’s Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) gave their passionate supporters at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium an unforgettable night to remember on Saturday with an injury-time 2-1 triumph over Ulsan Hyundai clinching their passage into the AFC Champions League™ Round of 16 for the very first time in the club’s history.
And in return, a grateful boss Mora has paid tribute to the JDT faithful for their fervent support and giving them a numerical advantage in spirit on the pitch throughout their momentous run.
Urawa Red Diamonds to carry momentum into domestic campaign, says coach Rodriguez
Buriram: Urawa Red Diamonds booked a first appearance in the AFC Champions League™ Round of 16 for the first time since 2019, after an incredible Group F campaign in Buriram.
Urawa were unstoppable against Shandong Taishan FC in their final group tie on Saturday as they scored a resounding 5-0 win to stay on course for a third continental title.
First, however, Urawa will return back to the city of Saitama and rejoin the J1 League battle, with head coach Ricardo Rodriguez determined to capitalise on the experience gained in the AFC Champions League to boost their domestic campaign, especially after the signing of new recruits Alex Schalk and David Moberg.
Kim hails Lion City Sailors' progress, Gama applauds Daegu’s spirit
Buriram: The head coaches of Lion City Sailors FC and Daegu FC only had words of praise for their respective teams' impressive performances at the end of their AFC Champions League™ 2022 Group F campaign.
In a winner-takes-all encounter, Daegu absolutely impressed as they completed a comeback with an inspired second half to win 2-1 against the Sailors.
The result took Daegu top of the group with 13 points, to secure their place in the Round of 16, alongside Urawa Red Diamonds, who advanced as one of the three best second-placed teams.
Teguramori laments BG Pathum’s lost opportunity before Melbourne City reprieve
Pathum Thani: BG Pathum United head coach Makoto Teguramori rued an AFC Champions League™ 2022 Round of 16 berth gone begging on Saturday, only for a result later on the night to send the Thai club through as group winners.
The Group G hosts’ goalless draw against Jeonnam Dragons looked to have opened the door for Melbourne City to win the section in their final match, but the Australian outfit could only manage a 3-0 win over United City, not the five-goal margin they required to leapfrog BG Pathum.
Kisnorbo: We stuck to the plan in United City goal chase
Pathum Thani: Patrick Kisnorbo revealed that his Melbourne City side did not stray from their original approach for Saturday’s 3-0 win against United City FC, despite being handed a five-goal winning target to advance to the AFC Champions League™ 2022 knockout stage.
The A-League champions woke up on Saturday morning not knowing what would be required to win Group G, but BG Pathum’s 0-0 draw against Jeonnam Dragons just prior to their match gave them a clear scenario: win by five goals and advance to the Round of 16 as group winners.
Their failure to do so means Melbourne City are now waiting for the final matches in Groups H and J, to be played later on Sunday, to determine whether they will progress as one of the three best group runners-up.