AFC Cup all-time top scorer Marañón hails AFC Champions League record breaker Damjanovic
Tashkent: All-time AFC Cup top scorer Bienvenido Marañón lauded ‘amazing goalscorer’ Dejan Damjanovic after the latter scored his 38th goal in the AFC Champions League to become the competition’s all-time top scorer.
Former Montenegro international Damjanovic overtook Korea Republic’s Lee Dong-gook on Sunday, sweeping home in the 38th minute to put his Kitchee SC side in the lead against Cerezo Osaka of Japan. The Hong Kong side could not hold on to the lead and were beaten 2-1, but the match will be remembered for Damjanovic’s historic moment.
Preview - Group F: Kaya FC-Iloilo braced for tough AFC Champions League test against Viettel FC
Bangkok: Kaya FC-Iloilo head coach Graham Harvey expects another tough match when his side take on Viettel FC in their Group F clash on Matchday Two of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Both debutants suffered opening day defeats, with Philippines side Kaya FC third in the standings and Vietnam's Viettel fourth, and a win at the Pathum Thani Stadium on Tuesday will serve as a huge boost for both.
Preview - Group I: Jankovic urges youthful Beijing not to fear Kawasaki Frontale in AFC Champions League clash
Tashkent: Beijing FC coach Zoran Jankovic wants his players to greet the momentous task of facing Kawasaki Frontale with excitement rather than fear ahead of Tuesday’s AFC Champions League Group I clash.
Defeating Kawasaki has proven an impossible task for every team in Japan since last November, and Beijing will face an even more difficult assignment, meeting the reigning J1 League champions with an assortment of players tantamount to a youth team at Lokomotiv Stadium.
Preview - Group I: Preview: Daegu FC's Lee promises improvement as United City FC's Withe looks to build on first AFC Champions League point
Tashkent: Head coach Lee Byung-geun vowed his Daegu FC side would improve on their last match, ahead of their Tuesday encounter against United City FC in the 2021 AFC Champions League’s Group I.
This will be the first match between the two sides with the Phillipines Football League champions vying to get their first win in the tournament to solidify their position in the group going into Matchday Three, while Daegu FC will look to bounce back from their opening day defeat.
Kuala Lumpur: With the draw for the final round of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar set to be held on July 1, excitement is building as the 12 teams get set to learn their opponents.
The 12 sides went through extremely challenging times to advance to the final round, where the two group winners and runners-up will join hosts Qatar in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Finals while the third-placed teams from the two groups will advance to the Confederation Playoff, with the winners moving into the Inter-Confederation Playoff.
Ahead of the draw, the-AFC.com retraces how the 12 teams booked their places from the second round of qualifying with the focus on Group H.