Perth Glory better than their AFC Champions League record suggests, says Shanghai Shenhua’s Choi
Doha: Shanghai Shenhua head coach Choi Kang-hee declared he will not fall into the trap of underestimating eliminated Perth Glory when the two sides meet in an AFC Champions League clash at Education City Stadium on Monday.
Appearing in the premier Asian competition for the first time, Perth have lost all four of their matches to date, leaving them out of Round of 16 contention with two group stage matches still to play.
Shanghai Shenhua, on the other hand, sit one point behind second placed FC Tokyo, and remain well and truly in the race for a first trip to the knockout stage since 2006, but it’s a target which may slip out of reach by Monday night should they lose to the Australians.
FC Seoul plotting revenge ahead of decisive AFC Champions League clash with Beijing FC
Doha: FC Seoul could secure qualification to the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16 with a win against Beijing FC in Group E should the other group game end in a draw on Monday.
The previous game between the two was the first after the restart, and ended with the Chinese Super League side picking up the points with a 2-1 win courtesy of goals from Alan and Fernando, while veteran striker Park Chu-young’s penalty served only as consolation for head coach Lee Won-jun’s men.
FC Tokyo’s Hasegawa calls for team effort in crucial AFC Champions League clash against Ulsan Hyundai
Doha: FC Tokyo’s AFC Champions League knockout stage prospects will rely on the efforts of every player when they face group leaders Ulsan Hyundai, according to head coach Kenta Hasegawa.
Their Round of 16 hopes back on track after a 2-1 win over Shanghai Shenhua on Friday, second-placed Tokyo now face the challenge of facing a red-hot Ulsan Hyundai side who have won all their matches in Doha and remain unbeaten in the tournament.
In fact, Hasegawa’s side are the only team in Group F to have avoided defeat against the Koreans. The teams played out a 1-1 draw in February, but the Tokyo boss believes that match has limited relevance for the one to come at Education City Stadium, saying his side must all pitch in if they are to challenge Kim Do-hoon’s in-form outfit
Life begins at 30: Ai Kesen chasing AFC Champions League scoring record after reviving Guangzhou Evergrande’s campaign
Doha: Ai Kesen is chasing the dual objectives of a third AFC Champions League title and statistical immortality, after his Player of the Match display against Vissel Kobe on Saturday produced his 30th career goal in the competition.
The Braziiian-born Chinese international, formerly known as Elkeson, became just the fourth player in the competition’s history to reach the 30-goal barrier, taking him to within seven of the all-time record holder, Korea Republic legend Lee Dong-gook.
Beating Vissel Kobe gives us confidence in AFC Champions League, says Guangzhou Evergrande's Cannavaro
Doha: Head coach Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou Evergrande will take confidence from their 2-0 win against Vissel Kobe; a result that boosted their chances of a place in the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16.
Anderson Talisca gave them the lead with a penalty, with Ai Kesen then perfectly placing a free-kick to double the Chinese Super League side’s advantage in the first half. They held on to see off the game with their first win in eight attempts in the competition.
Perreira adapting to AFC Champions League schedule as Shanghai SIPG overcome Yokohama F. Marinos
Doha: Shanghai SIPG head coach Vitor Perreira remained pragmatic as his side collected the three points in a 2-1 win over Yokohama F. Marinos despite a gruelling schedule that has seen them play four 2020 AFC Champions League games in nine days.
SIPG took the lead in the Group H tie through Cai Huikang’s powerful header early on before Ado Onaiwo struck the equaliser a few minutes later. Ricardo Lopes had the final say though, putting the Chinese Super League side ahead midway through the second half after combining with Oscar who sent the former in on goal.