Nagoya’s Ficcadenti looks ahead, Kim optimistic about Pohang’s AFC Champions League chances
Bangkok: Massimo Ficcadenti has challenged his Nagoya Grampus side to build on their unbeaten run in the 2021 AFC Champions League after the Japanese side ended their Group G campaign with a 1-1 draw against Korea Republic’s Pohang Steelers on Wednesday.
Pohang’s Boris Tashchy struck late in the game to cancel out Naoki Maeda’s second half goal to deny Nagoya a sixth consecutive victory at the Rajamangala Stadium.
Nagoya ended their campaign with 16 points with Pohang five adrift and needing results elsewhere to go their way if they are to advance to the Round of 16 as one of the three best runners-up from the East zone.
Mora pleased with Johor Darul Ta’zim’s development, Siripong cherishes Ratchaburi’s AFC Champions League experience
Bangkok: Benjamin Mora was satisfied with his Johor Darul Ta'zim side despite the Malaysian side being held to a 0-0 draw by Thailand’s Ratchaburi FC in their final 2021 AFC Champions League Group G match on Wednesday.
The two sides could not break the deadlock at the Rajamangala Stadium as Johor Darul Ta’zim ended their 2021 AFC Champions League campaign in third place with four points, two ahead of Ratchaburi.
Preview - Group J: Kitchee target victory against Cerezo Osaka to create AFC Champions League history
Buriram: Alex Chu Chi-kwong takes his Kitchee SC team into their final Group J match of the 2021 AFC Champions League in Buriram on Friday against Cerezo Osaka knowing victory will likely earn the Hong Kong side a place in the competition’s knockout rounds for the first time in the club’s history.
Kitchee sit on 10 points from their opening five games and an additional three points from the meeting with the J-League side would likely guarantee at least one of the three runners-up spots available in the Round of 16 following the results in other groups on Wednesday.
Preview - Group J: Liu rallies young Guangzhou for final AFC Champions League push against Port FC
Buriram: Guangzhou FC coach Liu Zhuyi has called on his young players to make one last effort to leave a positive impression as the China PR club look to exit the 2021 AFC Champions League on a high when they take on Port FC in Buriram on Friday.
The Chinese Super League club sent an inexperienced squad to Thailand for the competition due to strict quarantining laws in China and Liu’s youthful group have yet to pick up a point or score a goal in their five games so far.
Group F: Second half surge takes Ulsan Hyundai past Viettel as AFC Champions League knockout stage beckons
Bangkok: Ulsan Hyundai FC all but confirmed their place in the knockout stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League with a 3-0 win over Viettel FC in their Group F tie on Thursday.
Ulsan turned on the power in the second half with the triumph taking their winning streak to five in the 2021 edition and record-extending 14th consecutive AFC Champions League victory and the defending champions only have to avoid defeat against BG Pathum United on Sunday to confirm top spot in the group. Defeat against the Thais will also likely not cost them as Ulsan should advance as one of the three best runners-up.
Vietnam’s Viettel, however, will be proud of their performance after giving Ulsan a stiff fight at the Pathum Thani Stadium.
Group I: United City FC fight back to beat Beijing FC in AFC Champions League thriller
Tashkent: A fiery match that saw the lead change hands towards the end between Beijing FC and United City FC ended with the latter winning 3-2 in Group I of the 2021 AFC Champions League at the Lokomotiv Stadium on Thursday.
The two sides had met on Matchday One, with each picking up a point after they drew 1-1. This win represented the Filipino side’s first ever in the competition, and the first ever for any team from the Philippines.