Micale: Al Hilal's consistency paying off in AFC Champions League campaign
Riyadh: Head coach Rogério Micale was overjoyed with Al Hilal SFC's overall performance after the Saudi Arabia club registered a 3-1 win against FC Istiklol in Group A of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
Hattan Bahebri starred with a brace at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium as 2019 AFC Champions League winners Al Hilal moved three points clear at the top of the standings.
Sticking to game plan led AGMK to historic AFC Champions League win, reveals Kasimov
Riyadh: AGMK FC head coach Mirdjalal Kasimov said it was the team’s collective effort in sticking to the game plan which led the Uzbek club to their fantastic 2-1 victory over Shabab Al Ahli Dubai in the 2021 AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
Shabab Al Ahli took the lead through Ahmed Alhashmi in the 28th minute, but late goals by Jovan Dokic and Akramjon Komilov secured AGMK their first-ever win in the AFC Champions League group stage, as well as placed them back in the running for a place in the Round of 16.
The win took AGMK to four points, level with Tajikistan's FC Istiklol in Group D and three behind leaders Al Hilal SFC of Saudi Arabia.
Group A: Al Hilal move top with AFC Champions League win over Istiklol
Riyadh: Al Hilal SFC boosted their chances of 2021 AFC Champions League knockout stage qualification, going three points clear of their Group A rivals with a 3-1 win against FC Istiklol at Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Stadium on Wednesday.
Hatan Bahbri starred for Rogerio Micale’s side, setting up Ali Hadi Al Buyahi’s opener before making the points safe with two goals of own, while Vahdat Hanonov scored for Istiklol in the first of two matches between the sides in four days,
The result takes Al Hilal to seven points from three matches, with Istiklol - who suffered their first defeat in the competition - joined by AGMK on four at the half-way point of the group stage.
Mehdi Taremi, Sam Kerr, Ritsu Doan and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: While Asian-based stars light up the AFC Champions League, the continent’s global ambassadors continue to shine on the world stage.
Among this week’s contenders, Ritsu Doan helps consign one of Germany’s biggest clubs to relegation, Mehdi Taremi continues his Portuguese purple patch and Sam Kerr plays a crucial role in the English title race as one of a record four women’s AFC International Player of the Week nominees.
With 10 players from five nations in contention, study our list of nominees – for performances from April 15 to 21 – and don’t forget to register your all-important vote.
Al Duhail's Lamouchi hails Olunga wonder show in AFC Champions League sizzler against Esteghlal
Jeddah: Al Duhail SC head coach Sabri Lamouchi praised Kenyan forward Michael Olunga whose hat-trick steered the Qatari side to an exciting 4-3 win against Islamic Republic of Iran’s Esteghlal FC in the 2021 AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
Man-of-the-match Olunga struck in the 10th, 27th and 85th minutes in an absorbing Group C tie which saw both sides exchanging leads at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.
It was a crucial win for Al Duhail as the win meant they leapfrogged Esteghlal into top spot on seven points, one ahead of the Iranians at the midway stage.
Emphatic result against Al Shorta a boost for Al Ahli Saudi’s AFC Champions League hopes, says Reghecampf
Jeddah: Al Ahli Saudi head coach Laurentiu Reghecampf believes his side’s 3-0 win against Iraq’s Al Shorta in Group C of the 2021 AFC Champions League will serve as a confidence booster for the rest of their campaign.
Goals from Abdullah Tarmin, Driss Fettouhi and Abdulrahman Ghareeb at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium steered Al Ahli to their first win in this year's competition on Wednesday.