No relaxing, warns Arveladze as Pakhtakor brace for Shahr Khodro test in AFC Champions League
Doha: A place in the 2020 AFC Champions League knockout stage for the first time in a decade is at stake for Pakhtakor FC on Wednesday when they take on already-eliminated Shahr Khodro on Matchday Six of Group B.
A bright start to the 2020 AFC Champions League campaign saw Pakhtakor pick up full points from their first two matches back in February, but since the resumption of the competition in Qatar, coach Shota Arveladze’s men only added two more points from their subsequent three games, meaning they go into their final encounter in need of three points to advance to the next round.
Shabab Al Ahli hoping for the best as Al Hilal await in AFC Champions League
Doha: Shabab Al Ahli Dubai coach Gerard Zaragoza is hoping for a gift from Shahr Khodro FC, with his side clinging on to hopes of qualifying for the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16 by a string when they face Al Hilal SFC on Matchday Six of Group B on Wednesday.
The reigning champions have already booked their ticket to the next round, and guaranteed the top spot of the group. Meanwhile Shabab Al Ahli sit in third place, a point behind Pakhtakor in second and should they beat Al Hilal, they will still need the Uzbek side to drop points against Shahr Khodro FC.
Esteghlal's Motlagh calls for calm ahead of must-win AFC Champions League tie against Al Ahli
Doha: Islamic Republic of Iran’s Esteghlal FC face an all-or-nothing encounter against confirmed Group A winners Al Ahli Saudi FC on Wednesday, needing three points to secure passage to the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16.
Six points were enough to secure the top spot in the three-team group for Al Ahli after Esteghlal and Al Shorta played out a 1-1 draw on Matchday Five.
AFC Champions League MD5 (WEST) Toyota Player of the Week: Caio
Doha: Sharjah winger Caio has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League Matchday Five Toyota Player of the Week. In data provided by OPTA, the official data provider for the Asian Football Confederation, Caio had earned a rating of 8.4 for his performance against Al Taawoun in Group C, with the Brazilian scoring once in the 6-0 win.
Hat-trick hero Welliton proud as Sharjah stay on track in AFC Champions League with win against Al Taawoun
Doha: Sharjah hat-trick hero Welliton was beaming with joy following his side’s 6-0 win against Saudi Arabia’s Al Taawoun in Group C of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Monday.
The Brazilian striker played a starring role in the emphatic win as he notched his hat-trick in the space of 12 minutes as Sharjah maintained their winning form following the 4-2 triumph over Qatar's Al Duhail on Matchday Four.
More importantly for the UAE Pro League side, the back-to-back wins keep them firmly in sight of a place in the Round of 16, with Sharjah facing Persepolis of Islamic Republic of Iran on Thursday.
Al Duhail must remain focused despite AFC Champions League win over Persepolis, says Almoez Ali
Doha: Almoez Ali has called on Al Duhail SC to remain focused after the Qatar champions defeated Persepolis FC to jump to the top of Group C of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Monday.
It was a result Al Duhail badly needed after suffering a 4-2 defeat to Sharjah on Matchday Four and they bounced back in style against Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis, who had gone into the tie at the Education City Stadium as group leaders.
Ali scored the only goal of the match from the penalty spot in the 56th minute for his third goal of the competition as Al Duhail moved to nine points, two ahead of Persepolis and UAE's Sharjah, who defeated Saudi Arabia's Al Taawoun 6-0 in the group's other tie on Monday.