Tehran: Xavi Hernandez's dazzling career came to a low-key end when his Qatari side Al Sadd were beaten 2-0 by Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis in their last group match of the 2019 AFC Champions League on Monday.
The 39-year-old midfield genius, who helped Spain win the World Cup in 2010 and won four UEFA Champions League titles and eight La Liga titles with Barcelona, was cheered by fans at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran where already-eliminated Persepolis produced an improved display to register only their second win in six matches.
Tehran: Persepolis FC ended their 2019 AFC Champions League Group D campaign on a high as the Iranian champions beat Qatar's Al Sadd SC 2-0 on Monday.
Having already secured their place in the Round of 16, Al Sadd needed a point to ensure they ended the group stage in top spot, while Persepolis had already been eliminated and sat bottom of the group with four points.
Al Wakrah: Al Duhail fought back from a goal down to defeat Al Sadd 4-1 in the final of the Qatar Amir Cup at the newly-built Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday.
Brazilian winger Edmilson was Al Duhail's star, scoring a brace and assisting another as Duhail denied Al Sadd the chance to add the Amir Cup to the 2018-19 Qatar Stars League title they had already won.
Defeat meant a losing end for Spanish legend Xavi, who was playing his final match for Al Sadd.
Misao: We are the defending champions and we will reach the knockout stage
Kashima: Midfielder Kento Misao insists that AFC Champions League holders Kashima Antlers are fully focused on continuing their title defence into the last 16 ahead of Wednesday's crucial clash with China PR's Shandong Luneng.
Three years ago, Guangzhou Evergrande were eliminated from the Group Stage of the 2016 AFC Champions League in stunning circumstance as the defending champions crashed out.
Kashima Antlers, winners of the 2018 title, are determined to avoid a similar fate.
They will need to ensure they get at least a point at home to Group E winners Shandong to avoid being overtaken by Gyeongnam FC or Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT), who play in the other Wednesday tie.
Kuala Lumpur: The final qualification places for the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 will be decided in the coming days as the Matchday Six games promise to throw up some intriguing contests.
Four knockout round berths remain up for grabs in the East Zone while just one spot is still available in the West. Ahead of the final set of group stagefixtures, the-AFC.com has chosen five things to look out for.