Guangzhou: Fabio Cannavaro has warned his Guangzhou Evergrande players to remain vigilant against imposing duo Graziano Pelle and Marouane Fellaini when they take on Shandong Luneng in the second leg of their 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 clash next week.
Guangzhou managed to mute the duo for much of the 90 minutes at Tianhe Stadium on Tuesday evening as the two-time champions ran out 2-1 winners in the all-Chinese Super League encounter and a draw will now be enough for Evergrande to advance to the last eight for the sixth time in eight seasons.
Round of 16 - 1st Leg: Guangzhou Evergrande FC (CHN) 2-1 Shandong Luneng FC (CHN)
Guangzhou: Yang Liyu’s deflected effort 10 minutes from time earned Guangzhou Evergrande a slim 2-1 advantage over fellow Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng on Tuesday in the first leg of their 2019 AFC Champions League clash at Tianhe Stadium.
Wei Shihao put two-time champions Guangzhou Evergrande in front 10 minutes before halftime but a stunning strike from Zhang Chi midway through the second period earned Shandong an away goal ahead of next week’s clash in Jinan.
But Yang’s effort in the 80th minute which took a deflection off Shandong defender Zheng Zheng means Guangzhou are 90 minutes away from booking their place in the last eight of the competition for the sixth time in eight seasons.
Kashima Antlers earned a slim advantage over J.League rivals Sanfrecce Hiroshima after the first leg of the AFC Champions League last 16 with a 1-0 win at home on Tuesday.
Serginho proved to be the lone goalscorer of the match with a first-half header for the defending champions. This was the first all-Japanese tie in the Round of 16 since 2011 and the 17th overall between clubs from Japan in the history of the AFC Champions League.
Both sides were coming off inspiring 2-0 home wins in domestic competition at the weekend as the title holders and Hiroshima clashed for the first time in Asia’s flagship club tournament.
Preview - Round of 16: Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN) vs Ulsan Hyundai (KOR)
Saitama: A battle of former Continental champions sees two-time winners Urawa Red Diamonds host 2012 champions Ulsan Hyundai in the AFC Champions League's last 16 at Saitama Stadium on Wednesday.
Both Urawa, who debuted at the 2007 edition, and Ulsan, who first appeared at the 2006 competition, have a rich history in the Continent's premier club competition, and both know what it takes to lift the AFC Champions League title.
So it may come as some surprise that their Round of 16 meeting will in fact be their first time facing off against each other at this level.
Urawa, winners of the 2007 crown, were unable to defend their 2017 title, after failing to qualify for the 2018 tournament, but have come back strongly in 2019 and are taking part in the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League for the fifth time in their history,
Preview - Round of 16: Shanghai SIPG (CHN) vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR)
Shanghai: A rematch from the 2016 AFC Champions League quarter-finals sees Shanghai SIPG face two-time winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the first leg of the Round of 16 at Shanghai Stadium on Wednesday.
The clash – which pits together the league champions of China and Korea Republic – gives Shanghai the chance to avenge the 5-0 loss they suffered at the hands of eventual champions Jeonbuk on what was their debut campaign three years ago.
Oscar netted a hat-trick as Vitor Pereira’s team recorded their own 5-0 victory over another Korean side, Ulsan Hyundai, on Matchday Six to seal the runners-up spot in Group H and advance to the knockout rounds for the fourth successive season.
Jeonbuk, meanwhile, secured their safe passage to the last 16 with a game to spare after a pair of wins over both Urawa Red Diamonds and Beijing FC ensured they finished on top of Group G.
Kim Shin-wook expects tight contest with 'more experienced' Shanghai SIPG
Shanghai: Wednesday's AFC Champion League Round of 16 clash between the champions of Korea Republic and China PR is a repeat of the 2016 quarter-finals, but Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors striker Kim Shin-wook expects a much tighter outcome this time around.
Shanghai SIPG's maiden appearance in the AFC Champions League three years ago was ended in comprehensive fashion when they came up against eventual winners Jeonbuk in the last eight.
After a goalless draw at Shanghai Stadium, the K-League side turned on the style to defeat their Chinese Super League visitors 5-0 in Jeonju to sail into the semi-finals.
Our 2016 defeat to Jeonbuk is among my worst memories, says Cai Huikang
Shanghai: The 5-0 defeat to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the 2016 AFC Champions League quarter-finals remains a dark day in Shanghai SIPG's Continental history. However, according to midfielder Cai Huikang, the three years since has prepared the club for the return meeting with the Koreans ahead of Wednesday's Round of 16.
The meeting between the champions of China PR and the champions of Korea Republic is one of the most eye-catching fixtures in the 2019 AFC Champions League's last 16 but especially so when the history between the two sides is taken into account.
In 2016, Shanghai SIPG were making their debut in the Continental competition and had impressed in the Group Stage with their attack-minded football led by the likes China PR star Wu Lei, Elkeson and Dario Conca. A Round of 16 victory over FC Tokyo saw the Chinese club into the quarter-finals at the first time of asking, but there they came up against the experienced Jeonbuk.
A goalless stalemate in Shanghai was an even affair, but the return meeting in Jeonju resulted in a comprehensive 5-0 win for the hosts who would go on to win the tournament. Three years have passed since then, but the two sides are now set to meet for the first time since the quarter-finals.