Shanghai: Moon Seon-min has hailed the superb Lim Sun-young assist that allowed the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors forward to net his first-ever AFC Champions League goal as the two-time champions claimed a 1-1 draw against Shanghai SIPG on Wednesday.
The first leg of the Round of 16 pitted the champions of China PR and Korea Republic against each other and it took Moon less than a minute to open the scoring and silence the home support inside Shanghai Stadium.
With the outside of his right foot, Lim clipped a pinpoint delivery over the top of the Shanghai defence which Moon latched onto before lifting the ball over Yan Junling to break the deadlock before carrying out one of the more unique celebrations the competition has seen this season.
Round of 16 - 1st Leg: Shanghai SIPG FC (CHN) 1-1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC (KOR)
Shanghai: Two-time champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors will take the slimmest of advantages into the second leg of their 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 meeting with China PR’s Shanghai SIPG FC next week after picking up an away goal in their 1-1 draw at the Shanghai Stadium on Wednesday.
Moon Seon-min gave Jeonbuk a dream start when Jose Morais’ side took the lead with less than a minute on the clock only for Wang Shenchao to level the scores six minutes before half-time with a close range header.
But Moon’s goal means a goalless draw next week at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium will be enough for the 2006 and 2016 winners to advance to the last eight of the competition for the ninth time in their history.
Guangzhou: Fabio Cannavaro has warned his Guangzhou Evergrande players to remain vigilant against imposing duo Graziano Pelle and Marouane Fellaini when they take on Shandong Luneng in the second leg of their 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 clash next week.
Guangzhou managed to mute the duo for much of the 90 minutes at Tianhe Stadium on Tuesday evening as the two-time champions ran out 2-1 winners in the all-Chinese Super League encounter and a draw will now be enough for Evergrande to advance to the last eight for the sixth time in eight seasons.
Ibaraki: Shoma Doi has admitted that it is vital Kashima Antlers will start the second leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 against Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the lead after the holders secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory in the first leg on Tuesday.
The clash at Kashima Soccer Stadium paired the two sides against Japanese opposition for the first time ever in the Continental competition and it was Sanfrecce who went into the game as the form team having won five in a row in the group stage.
But in a closely contested match it was defending champions Kashima who gained the upper hand after Brazilian Serginho scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half following excellent work from Doi.
Kashima Antlers earned a slim advantage over J.League rivals Sanfrecce Hiroshima after the first leg of the AFC Champions League last 16 with a 1-0 win at home on Tuesday.
Serginho proved to be the lone goalscorer of the match with a first-half header for the defending champions. This was the first all-Japanese tie in the Round of 16 since 2011 and the 17th overall between clubs from Japan in the history of the AFC Champions League.
Both sides were coming off inspiring 2-0 home wins in domestic competition at the weekend as the title holders and Hiroshima clashed for the first time in Asia’s flagship club tournament.
Round of 16 - 1st Leg: Guangzhou Evergrande FC (CHN) 2-1 Shandong Luneng FC (CHN)
Guangzhou: Yang Liyu’s deflected effort 10 minutes from time earned Guangzhou Evergrande a slim 2-1 advantage over fellow Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng on Tuesday in the first leg of their 2019 AFC Champions League clash at Tianhe Stadium.
Wei Shihao put two-time champions Guangzhou Evergrande in front 10 minutes before halftime but a stunning strike from Zhang Chi midway through the second period earned Shandong an away goal ahead of next week’s clash in Jinan.
But Yang’s effort in the 80th minute which took a deflection off Shandong defender Zheng Zheng means Guangzhou are 90 minutes away from booking their place in the last eight of the competition for the sixth time in eight seasons.
Round of 16 - 1st Leg: Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN) 1-2 Ulsan Hyundai FC (KOR)
Saitama: Ulsan Hyundai came back from going a goal behind to defeat Urawa Red Diamonds 2-1 on Wednesday as the 2012 winners claimed a first leg lead in the teams’ 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 meeting at Saitama Stadium.
Hwang Il-su came off the bench to bury a late winner to hand Ulsan not only the win but two crucial away goals ahead of next week’s tie in Korea Republic. Kenyu Sugimoto opened his AFC Champions League account in the first half before Joo Min-kyu restored parity ahead of the intermission.
The game pitted the two former winners of the tournament against one another for the first time in the AFC Champions League, which could be considered surprising given the frequent appearance of the clubs on this stage.