Lee: Daegu must pick themselves up to stay in AFC Champions League
Tashkent: Head coach Lee Byung-geun said Daegu FC will need to recover physically and mentally to reach the 2021 AFC Champions League knockout stage, after they were beaten 3-1 by Kawasaki Frontale on Thursday.
The red-hot Japanese champions were fuelled by a clinical Leandro Damiao hat-trick as they qualified for the Round of 16 as group winners, leaving Daegu with a job to do if they are to join them.
With nine points from five matches but having piled on 18 goals and conceded only six, the K League outfit are still in a strong position to qualify as one of the three best runners-up teams in the East Zone, but that possibility relies heavily on their ability to get three points against United City FC of the Philippines.
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Bangkok: Plenty of goals in which to dive in Matchday Five of the 2021 AFC Champions League (East) with a collection of crackers coming from the matches played out in the host cities of Pathum Thani, Tashkent, Buriram and Bangkok.
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Preview - Group H: Gamba Osaka’s AFC Champions League campaign on the line against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Tashkent: Saturday looms as the decisive day in Gamba Osaka’s 2021 AFC Champions League campaign, with the Japanese club requiring a win against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors to keep their knockout stage hopes alive.
While Jeonbuk have already secured their place in the Round of 16 as group winners, Gamba face an uncertain path where even three points against the K League champions may not be enough.
With a tally of nine points from a five-match campaign which was dented by two draws against Chiangrai United, a win will put Masanobu Matsunami’s side in the mix to advance as one of the best three runners-up in the East Zone, but the results in other groups will also be pivotal.
Preview - Group H: Tampines Rovers and Chiangrai United look to end AFC Champions League adventures on a high
Tashkent: Singapore’s Tampines Rovers FC and Chiangrai United of Thailand will aim conclude their 2021 AFC Champions League campaigns with a flourish as they face-off at the Lokomotiv Stadium on Matchday Six of Group H on Saturday.
Both teams had been eliminated from the competition earlier, with the Singaporean side yet to collect a point on their maiden campaign and Chiangrai United sitting third, four points adrift of second-placed Gamba Osaka.
Cerezo Osaka's Culpi sets sights on AFC Champions League success, Chu's Kitchee SC hold heads up high
Buriram: Levir Culpi left Buriram Stadium celebrating guiding Cerezo Osaka into the Round of 16 of the AFC Champions League on Friday but vowing to work on his side’s finishing as he sets his sights on claiming the continental crown.
Cerezo’s 0-0 draw with Kitchee in their final Group J match ensured the J-League side finished on top of the standings and progress to the knockout rounds of the competition for the third time in the club’s history and for the first time since 2014.
Port FC, Guangzhou FC determined to build on AFC Champions League experience
Buriram: Port FC coach Sarawut Treephan will look to take the positives from the club’s first-ever appearance in the group stage of the AFC Champions League and put them to good effect when the Thai League kicks off at the end of July.
Port finished in third place in Group J with eight points from their six matches and closed out their campaign with a 5-1 defeat of Guangzhou FC, although Sarawut was unhappy that his side allowed the China PR club to score their first goal in this year’s competition.
Ulsan Hyundai’s Hinterseer calls for concentration ahead of AFC Champions League showdown with BG Pathum United
Bangkok: Three players found the back of the net as Ulsan Hyundai FC beat Viettel FC 3-0 on Thursday, and player of the match Lukas Hinterseer has urged his teammates to maintain their focus in the defending champions' bid to complete Group F of the 2021 AFC Champions League with a perfect record of six wins.
Ulsan stretched their AFC Champions League winning streak to 14 matches, sitting comfortably at the top of the group with 15 points, three ahead of Thailand's BG Pathum United.
While Ulsan are almost sure of advancing to the Round of 16 even if they were to lose to BG Pathum United on Sunday, Hinterseer wants only a win.