Pohang: Head coach Kim Gi-dong said Pohang Steelers showed great character to defeat Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds 2-1 in Group J of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 on Wednesday.
Jesse Kante gave Urawa the lead in the first half but Pohang came fighting back, scoring through Zeca and Kim In-sung with the defending champions seeing red twice following the expulsion of Takahiro Akimoto and head coach Maciej Skorza.
Melbourne: Buriram United avenged their home defeat to Melbourne City on Matchday Three by defeating the Australian side in Wednesday’s AFC Champions League™ match at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.
The magnificent performance shown by the Thai side had head coach Arthur Papastamatis purring as they became the first team to hand City a defeat in this season’s tournament.
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ will see 24 teams biddinng to lift the coveted trophy, with seven former champions also in the fray. As the countdown continues, we kick off our series on the cast by taking a look at Australia.
Champions in 2015, Australia will begin their Group B campaign against India on January 13 with head coach Graham Arnold, in charge for a second successive AFC Asian Cup, said Australia will enter the tournament with the expectation of lifting the coveted trophy again.
Group F: Lion City Sailors (SGP) 2-0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC (KOR)
Singapore: Richairo Zivkovic struck twice as Lion City Sailors shocked an out-of-sorts Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Wednesday, handing the two-time winners a 2-0 defeat at Jalan Besar Stadium in Group F of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24.
The win, which came courtesy of Zivkovic goals in the 23rd and 55th minutes, pulls Aleksandar Rankovic’s side level on six points with the former champions as two rounds remain in the battle for a place in the Round of 16.
Gustavo’s 90th minute penalty miss added insult to injury for the side from Korea Republic, the spot kick awarded after a VAR review determined Lion City’s Spanish defender Super had fouled Park Jae-yong.
Group F: Bangkok United FC (THA) 1-1 Kitchee SC (HKG)
Pathum Thani: Bangkok United’s perfect record in Group F of the 2023-24 AFC Champions League came to an end on Wednesday as Totchtawan Sripan’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by Kitchee despite the Hong Kong Premier League side playing the final 18 minutes with 10 men.
Willen Mota gave Bangkok the lead in spectacular fashion in the 27th minute but Mahmoud Eid saw his second-half penalty saved by Paulo Cesar and Jakob Jantscher equalised for Kitchee before Poon Pui Hin was sent off in the 72nd minute.
Despite only picking up a point, Bangkok United extended their lead to four points after Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors slipped to a 2-0 loss against Lion City Sailors as the group phase reaches its climax. The draw gave Kitchee their first point of the campaign.