Saitama: Kim Sang-sik admitted his Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors were not at their best but nonetheless paid tribute to his players after they overcame a resilient Vissel Kobe 3-1 to book their spot in the semi-final of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 (East) on Monday, with the head coach vowing his side will not let fatigue derail them.
Koya Yuruki gave Japan's Vissel the lead in the 64th minute but Jeonbuk responded almost immediately with Modou Barrow equalising two minutes later.
The Korea Republic side, despite having to play extra-time for the second successive match, proved stronger in the additional 30 minutes as Brazilian forward Gustavo headed them into the lead in the 104th minute with Moon Seon-min then putting the game to bed in added time.
Saitama: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC booked their AFC Champions League™ 2022 semi-final ticket after securing a 3-1 quarter-final win against Vissel Kobe in extra-time at the Saitama Stadium 2002 on Monday.
Two goals in quick succession from Koya Yuruki and Modou Barrow in the second half cancelled each other out, sending the game into an extra 30 minutes where Brazilian forward Gustavo headed Jeonbuk into the lead before the win was sealed via Moon Seon-min who put the game to bed on the counter.
Saitama: Urawa Red Diamonds will take on Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the AFC Champions League™ 2022 (East) semi-final on Thursday after Ricardo Rodriguez’s side handed Thailand’s BG Pathum United a 4-0 defeat at Saitama Stadium 2002 on Monday to advance to the last four.
The J1 League side will be appearing in the semi-finals for the fifth time after goals from David Moberg Karlsson, Takuya Iwanami, Yosho Koizumi and Takahiro Akimoto set-up a blockbuster clash between clubs who have won four AFC Champions League titles between them.
Kuala Lumpur: There are just two days to go to the AFC Cup™ 2022 ASEAN Zonal Final with Kuala Lumpur City FC of Malaysia and Indonesia’s PSM Makassar set to lock horns in the latest chapter of their nations’ regional rivalry.
Having previously shared a goalless draw in the group stage, the two sides will now face off in a single-leg final at Kuala Lumpur Stadium on Wednesday.
We look at six players – three from each of the finalists – who could prove to be the difference-makers.
Alajuela: Defending champions Japan defeated France 5-4 on penalties in the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 quarter-finals at the Alejandro Moreira Soto Stadium on Sunday.
Japan’s Yuzuki Yamamoto cancelled out Magnaba Folquet’s opener with the forward setting-up Maika Hamano to score their second, before Esther Mbakem-Niaro forced the match into extra-time in the 84th minute.
Substitute Megane Hoeltzel then gave France the lead in the 110th minute, only for Japan to force a shoot-out following Aoba Fujino’s spot-kick in the fifth minute of added time, with the East Asian side converting all five penalties to seal the victory after France missed one attempt.
Preview: Sogdiana-W, Bam Khatoon primed for rematch
Qarshi: Sogdiana-W head coach Sherali Bobokulov believes his side is more than ready for their AFC Women’s Club Championship 2022 (West) rematch against Bam Khatoon FC on Tuesday.
It will be a winner takes all match at the Markaziy Stadium, after both sides played to a 1-1 draw in their opener two days ago.
Sogdiana-W had a slow start to their debut in the pilot tournament, but slowly dominated the match with Khabibullaeva Diyorakhon opening the scoring in the 20th minute, only to be denied a win when Zahra Ghanbari equalised for the Iranian champions.
Nuengrutai: Hard work pays off for College of Asian Scholars
Chonburi: College of Asian Scholars head coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian praised her players for winning the AFC Women’s Club Championship™ 2022 East title following their 0-0 draw with Taichung Blue Whale FC of Chinese Taipei at the Chonburi Stadium on Sunday.
College of Asian Scholars finished top on goal difference, having tied with Blue Whale on four points.