Kawasaki Frontale's perfect AFC Champions League run delights Oniki, Jankovic acknowledges positive learning experience for Beijing FC
Tashkent: Kawasaki Frontale head coach Toru Oniki was full of praise for his players and staff as Kawasaki Frontale completed a six-game winning run to complete their 2021 AFC Champions League group stage at the top of Group I following a 4-0 victory over Beijing FC on Sunday.
The three points were secured for the J1 League side by Kei Chinen and Ten Miyagi, with Kazuki Kozuka scoring a brace as man of the match Guo Quanbo scrambled to save several chances.
Vote for your Best Goal of 2021 AFC Champions League Matchday Six (East)
Bangkok: The group stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League (East) has drawn to a close as the eight teams advancing to the knockout rounds were confirmed over the past few days.
As ever, there was plenty of drama and a number of fabulous goals to go with it. the-AFC.com has selected five of the best for you to choose your favourite, so cast a vote at the foot of the article to let us know!
Lee: Qualification achieved, Daegu now aiming for more AFC Champions League success
Tashkent: Daegu FC head coach Lee Byung-geun said his side has reason to believe they’ll have more achievements to celebrate in the 2021 AFC Champions League, after his club secured their first ever knockout stage appearance on Sunday.
With a win required to advance, the K League outfit ultimately overwhelmed debutants United City FC to win 4-0, booking a Round of 16 clash against Japan’s Nagoya Grampus in September.
Matsunami laments Gamba Osaka’s AFC Champions League departure, Kim applauds Jeonbuk focus
Tashkent: Gamba Osaka head coach Masanobu Matsunami was left to rue an opportunity missed after his side crashed out of the 2021 AFC Champions League with a 2-1 defeat to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors at Bunyodkor Stadium on Saturday.
Needing a win on the night to advance as one of the best three runners-up, the Japanese side fell behind almost instantly to Gustavo’s successful penalty but levelled just after time thanks to a thumping volley from Patric.
Patric’s strike was one of nine Gamba shots at goal in the second half and it came after the Brazilian forward himself had squandered earlier opportunities, all of which came back to haunt Matsunami’s side when Jeonbuk substitute Modou Barrow scored the match-winning goal in the 88th minute.
We will be back, says Kaya FC-Iloilo’s Harvey after AFC Champions League learning curve
Bangkok: Debutants Kaya FC-Iloilo may have exited the tournament without a point to their name from six matches but head coach Graham Harvey has vowed that the Philippines side will return stronger to the AFC Champions League.
Kaya’s AFC Champions League run ended with a 1-0 defeat to Viettel FC on Sunday but it was not for the want of trying as Viettel scored only after Harvey’s side had been reduced to nine men in a space of two minutes with Viettel’s Caique scoring the winning goal from a sublime free-kick after Masanari Omura had been sent off in the 53rd minute with Simone Rota the first to get his marching orders.
Vidmar relishing BG Pathum United's AFC Champions League Round of 16 challenge, Hong applauds Ulsan Hyundai players for extending record
Bangkok: BG Pathum United head coach Aurelio Vidmar hailed his side for putting up a good fight against AFC Champions League titleholders Ulsan Hyundai FC on Sunday as the Australian immediately cast his eyes on the Thai side's upcoming Round of 16 tie.
Goals by Kim Min-jun and man of the match Valeri Qazaishvili saw Ulsan walk away with a perfect record of six wins to finish as Group F winners, while BG Pathum United advanced as one of three best runners-up.