Late Bounedjah strike salvages Al Sadd crucial AFC Champions League point against Al Nassr
Doha: Al Sadd SC left it to secure a valuable point as Baghdad Bounedjah helped them to a 1-1 draw against Al Nassr on Matchday Five of the 2020 AFC Champions League Group D on Monday.
The two sides shared the spoils when they met on Matchday Two, with top scorer Abderrazak Hamdallah and Abdulrahman Al Obaid getting on the scoresheet for Al Nassr, while Hassan Al Haydos’ goal was supplemented with Abdulelah Al Amri’s own goal to for Al Sadd.
With Sepahan having to settle for a 0-0 draw with Al Ain in Monday's late match, Al Sadd joined Al Nassr in the Round of 16 from Group D.
Al Duhail edge Persepolis to get back on track in AFC Champions League
Doha: Almoez Ali’s third goal of the 2020 AFC Champions League was the difference as Al Duhail SC defeated Persepolis FC 1-0 in Group C of the competition on Monday.
Persepolis entered the Matchday Five fixture knowing a win would keep them top of the group going into the final matchday, while for Al Duhail - defeated by Sharjah in their previous match - the three points would take them past their opponents and boost their chances of progress to the Round of 16.
Al Shorta's Fayyadh rues missed AFC Champions League opportunity against Esteghlal
Doha: Forward Mazin Fayyadh was left to reflect on missed chances after Al Shorta played to a 1-1 draw against Islamic Republic of Iran's Esteghlal FC in their 2020 AFC Champions League Group A match on Sunday.
Fayyadh gave Al Shorta the lead in the 25th minute but a series of missed chances cost the Iraqi side heavily after substitute Amir Arsalan Motahari equalised for Esteghlal
A win would have sealed Al Shorta's place in the Round of 16 but they now need group winners Al Ahli Saudi FC to deny Esteghlal a win on Wednesday to advance.
There is still more to come from Shabab Al Ahli in AFC Champions League, says Nasser
Doha: Goalkeeper Majed Nasser is confident of Shabab Al Ahli Dubai FC’s chances following their 0-0 draw with Pakhtakor in Group B of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Sunday.
The draw at the Al Janoub Stadium kept alive Shabab Al Ahli’s knockout stage hopes, with the UAE side having to defeat defending champions Al Hilal SFC and needing Islamic Republic of Iran's Shahr Khodro FC to deny Pakhtakor of Uzbekistan a win in Wednesday's final round of Group B matches.
Al Hilal dedicate AFC Champions League knockout stage qualification to stricken teammates
Doha: Al Hilal SFC players dedicated their qualification to the knockout stage of the 2020 AFC Champions League to their teammates who had tested positive for COVID-19.
The defending AFC Champions League winners produced a gritty display in their 0-0 Group B draw with Shahr Khodro on Sunday, earning the point which sealed their passage to the Round of 16.
It was a magnificent feat as it was achieved with only 14 players in the matchday squad and those who played said they were proud to have advanced despite the challenging situation the Saudi Pro League champions were in.
AFC Champions League MD4 (WEST) Toyota Player of the Week: Khaled Bawazir
Doha: Sharjah's Khaled Bawazir has been voted by the fans as the AFC Champions League Matchday Four Toyota Player of the Week. In data provided by OPTA, the official data provider for the Asian Football Confederation, Bawazir had earned a rating of 7.6 for his performance against Al Duhail in Group C, with the midfielder scoring once in the 4-2 win.