No excuses for heavy defeat, says Al Ain’s Emanuel
Al Ain: Al Ain FC head coach Pedro Emanuel had no excuses for the UAE side’s heavy defeat in their 2020 AFC Champions League Group D opener to Islamic Republic of Iran’s Sepahan FC on Tuesday.
The Portuguese saw his side go into the break 1-0 down through Mohammad Mohebbi’s header at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium before a second half blitz saw Brazilian Kiros, Soroush Rafiei and Mohammad Tayebi seal a big win for Sepahan.
Group D - MD1: Al Nassr (KSA) 2-2 Al Sadd SC (QAT)
Riyadh: A highly entertaining clash at the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Stadium saw Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr and Qatar’s Al Sadd SC play out a 2-2 draw in their opening 2020 AFC Champions League Group D match on Tuesday.
The two teams had in the quarter-finals of the previous edition, with the first leg ending in a 2-1 home victory for Al Nassr.
Draw with Esteghlal a boost for Al Shorta, says head coach Ilic
Erbil: Al Shorta head coach Aleksandar Ilic was satisfied despite having to settle for a share of the points with Esteghlal FC in their 2020 AFC Champions League Group A tie on Monday.
Hussam Kadhim put the ball into his own net in the first half to give Islamic Republic of Iran's Esteghlal the lead at Franso Hariri Stadium but Ali Fayez salvaged a point for the home team from the penalty spot three minutes into the second half.
Toivonen: Melbourne Victory had to overcome nerves
Melbourne: Ola Toivonen has admitted that Melbourne Victory had to survive a tense second half to claim a hard-fought 1-0 win over Thailand’s Chiangrai United in their opening 2020 AFC Champions League Group E match on Tuesday.
Swedish forward Toivanen’s penalty midway through the first half proved the difference at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium as the Australian side moved to the top of the standings, with both Beijing FC and FC Seoul not in action.
But, while the hosts were the better side, their last win in the competition came back in April 2018 and they picked up just one point in six games in a disastrous 2019 campaign, something their skipper alluded to.