Melbourne Victory's Storm Roux rues dropped points after Chiangrai United's AFC Champions League comeback
Doha: Two goals up at half-time against Thai champions Chiangrai United, Melbourne Victory ended up drawing 2-2 when the final whistle blew on Monday. A result that Victory defender Storm Roux insists was a bitter pill to swallow.
Jake Brimmer's successfully converted penalty on eight minutes and a fine lobbed finish from Ben Folami just before the half hour mark looked to be the perfect opening for the A-League side following back-to-back defeats to Beijing FC in Doha.
But after the interval it was Chiangrai who came back the stronger with goals from Sivakorn Tiatrakul and Gionata Verzura ensuring a share of the spoils.
Thongaum proud of Chiangrai United's AFC Champions League exploits despite Melbourne Victory draw
Doha: Chiangrai United head coach Alongkorn Thongaum reflected on a promising maiden AFC Champions League campaign as the Thai club were officially eliminated from Group E with a 2-2 draw against Melbourne Victory on Monday.
A second-half revival saw Chiangrai United claw back Melbourne Victory’s two-goal lead as Siwakorn Tiatrakul’s free-kick and Gionata Verzura’s tidy finish cancelled out Jake Brimmer’s spot-kick and Ben Folami’s lob for the Australians.
Despite a late avalanche of attacks, the AFC Champions League debutants could not find a winner to sustain their challenge for a Round of 16 berth and had to make do with a 2-2 draw to reach four points.
The kids are alright: Castro praises Perth Glory youngsters after Shanghai Shenhua draw in AFC Champions League
Doha: Perth Glory captain Diego Castro lauded the impressive development and maturity of the younger members of the A-League side following a rollercoaster 3-3 draw with China PR's Shanghai Shenhua on Monday.
Letting slip a two goal advantage to end up with a point might have most team captains reflect on a tie with disappointment, but Perth icon Castro was in an upbeat mood following the six-goal thriller in Group F.
The reason for the 38-year-old's positivity? The performance of the young tyros in the team, some of whom were not even born when the Spaniard was making his professional debut in his homeland.
Seriousness key to AFC Champions League win over FC Seoul, says Beijing FC's Genesio
Doha: Beijing FC’s head coach Bruno Genesio believes his side’s serious approach was key to picking up their fifth win on the bounce in the 2020 AFC Champions League as they beat FC Seoul 3-1 in Group E on Monday.
Goals from Jonathan Viera, Renato Augusto and Zhang Yuning were only replied by Yun Ju-tae’s late strike as the two sides played out an exciting match with plenty of chances at both ends.
Corica delighted as Sydney charge to record AFC Champions League win
Doha: Sydney FC head coach Steve Corica paid tribute to his players after they stunned Shanghai SIPG 4-0 in their AFC Champions League match at Al Janoub Stadium on Tuesday.
The A-League champions brushed off the disappointment of early group stage elimination to deliver their biggest ever win in Asia’s premier competition, with Trent Buhagiar bagging a brace to follow earlier goals from Alex Wilkinson and Luke Brattan.
Yokohama F. Marinos’ Postecoglou hails importance of AFC Champions League milestone
Doha: Ange Postecoglou hailed the importance of reaching the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16 after his Yokohama F. Marinos side secured their progression with a 4-1 win over Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Tuesday.
Yokohama reached the knockout stage for the first time in club history with the win, as goals from Theerathon Bunmathan, Marcos Junior and Terhuito Nakagawa, plus a Song Bum-keun own goal, rounded out a banner day for the 2019 J League champions.
Guangzhou Evergrande's performance frustrates Cannavaro in AFC Champions League draw with Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Doha: Guangzhou Evergrande head coach Fabio Cannavaro conceded that his side lacked in many areas as they settled for a 1-1 draw against Suwon Samsung Bluewings in Group G of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
After a quiet first half, Suwon Samsung finally got off the mark in the competition through Lim Sang-heyob’s tap-in on the rebound from Lee Ki-je’s free-kick. Wei Shihao equalised for Guangzhou Evergrande in the 72nd minute, but they were reduced to 10 men just two minutes later as Zhon Yihao was dismissed for a second bookable offence.
The draw meant Suwon Samsung Bluewings need to beat runaway group leaders Vissel Kobe with two goals if they are to snatch the second place in the group, currently occupied by Guangzhou Evergrande who have already completed their group stage fixtures.