Mora laments Johor Darul Ta’zim off day, solid Pohang Steelers' AFC Champions League performance impresses Kim
Bangkok: Head coach Benjamin Mora couldn’t hide his disappointment following Johor Darul Ta’zim’s 2-0 defeat to Korea Republic’s Pohang Steelers in Group G of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Thursday.
The Malaysian side never recovered after conceding two first half goals despite their best efforts in the second half, virtually ending their hopes of advancing into the knockout stage.
Defeat leaves Johor Darul Ta’zim third in the standings with three points, while Pohang have nine, three points behind leaders Nagoya Grampus of Japan, who defeated Ratchaburi 3-0.
Group G: Pohang Steelers defeat Johor Darul Ta'zim to stay on course for AFC Champions League knockout stage
Bangkok: Pohang Steelers made it two victories out of two against Johor Darul Ta'zim as the Korea Republic side registered a 2-0 win in Group G of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Thursday.
Pohang, who defeated the Malaysian side 4-1 on Matchday Three, turned on the power in the first half to take a 2-0 lead before completing the victory which took them to nine points from four matches. The defeat virtually ended Johor Darul Ta'zim's hopes, leaving them on three points.
Group G: Nagoya Grampus cruise past Ratchaburi to close in on AFC Champions League Round of 16 ticket
Bangkok: Nagoya Grampus of Japan notched their fourth successive win, defeating Thailand’s Ratchaburi FC 3-0 in Group G to move closer to the Round of 16 of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Thursday.
Nagoya turned on the power in the second half to cruise to victory, which assures them of a top two finish, with fixtures against Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia and Korea Republic’s Pohang Steelers to come while Ratchaburi suffered their fourth consecutive defeat.
Preview - Group F: Kaya FC-Iloilo intent on enjoying Ulsan Hyundai test in AFC Champions League clash
Bangkok: The challenge for Kaya FC-Iloilo - having suffered consecutive defeats - continues when they face Ulsan Hyundai FC on Matchday Three of the 2021 AFC Champions League but head coach Graham Harvey and his players are relishing the thought of taking on the defending champions on Friday.
Ulsan are comfortably perched at the top of Group F with six points after beating Vietnam's Viettel FC and BG Pathum United, while Kaya go into the match still in search of their opening points in their debut campaign.
Preview - Group F: Vidmar demands focus from BG Pathum United in AFC Champions League 'derby' with Viettel FC
Bangkok: Thailand and Vietnam are known for their fierce rivalry but BG Pathum United head coach Aurelio Vidmar has urged his side to keep their focus when they face Viettel FC in their 2021 AFC Champions League Group F tie on Friday.
Viettel's 5-0 win over Kaya FC-Iloilo on Matchday Two saw the V.League side overtake BG Pathum United in second place, with both teams tied on three points with one win and defeat each.
Preview - Group I: "We need to show the heart of Daegu FC," says Lee ahead of AFC Champions League clash with Beijing FC
Tashkent: Daegu FC head coach Lee Byung-geun believes character will be as important as on-the-pitch quality when his side face a youthful Beijing FC side on Matchday Three of the 2021 AFC Champions League Group I on Friday.
Both sides come into this game on the back of ever contrasting fortunes: Daegu FC put seven unanswered goals past United City FC, while Beijing FC shipped as many against Kawasaki Frontale, offering little in the way of competition.
Daegu FC sit in second place with three points collected from two games, while Beijing FC’s young side have managed to pick up a point in their opening fixture against United City FC, yet sit joint bottom with the latter on points and goal difference. The two sides have never faced each other before in AFC competitions.
Preview - Group I: United City’s Withe urges players to embrace AFC Champions League challenge against Kawasaki Frontale
Tashkent: United City FC boss Jason Withe wants his players to view Friday’s 2021 AFC Champions League clash against rampant Kawasaki Frontale as an opportunity rather than a crisis.
Rarely in AFC Champions League history has the difference in form been so stark as the Filipino side are fresh from a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Daegu FC on Tuesday, while Kawasaki inflicted a defeat of the same margin – a club record – on Beijing FC.
The Japanese outfit are unbeaten in any competition in 2021 and are likely to call upon some of their star names, including Kaoru Mitoma, after they were rested last time out.