Preliminary Stage 1: Tampines Rovers FC (SIN) 3-5 Bali United FC (IDN)
Singapore: Stefano Lilipaly and Sidik Saimima's extra-time strikes gave Indonesia's Bali United a 5-3 win over Tampines Rovers of Singapore in their 2020 AFC Champions League Preliminary Stage 1 tie at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday.
Melvin Platje's first-half double gave Bali United a two-goal cushion before Boris Kopitovic pulled one back for Tampines Rovers going into the break.
The Singapore side came out fighting in the second half to level the score before taking the lead but Bali forced the game into extra-time after levelling the tie eight minutes before the end and Lilipaly and Saimima finished the job in extra-time to send Bali United through to the Preliminary Stage Two.
Preliminary Stage 1: Ceres Negros FC (PHI) 3-2 Shan United FC (MYA)
Manila: Ceres Negros secured their place in the second round of the 2020 AFC Champions League Preliminary Stage after surviving a late Shan United FC fightback to win 3-2 on Tuesday.
The two teams are familiar foes, having met as recent as in the 2019 AFC Cup Group Stage and having also crossed paths in the 2018 AFC Champions League Preliminary Stage, with Ceres Negros emerging victors in a 4-3 penalty shoot-out after that game ended 1-1 in regulation time.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2020 season of Asia’s most prestigious club competition – the AFC Champions League – will kick off on Tuesday with Singapore’s Tampines Rovers and Philippines’ Ceres Negros hosting Indonesia’s Bali United and Myanmar’s Shan United respectively at 7.30pm (UTC +8).
The Preliminary Round 1 qualifying action will continue just minutes later in India where Chennai FC will take on Riffa from Bahrain at the Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Tehran: Esteghlal FC put an end to uncertainty regarding the club’s head coaching role, confirming former Iranian international Farhad Majidi as their new boss on Thursday.
A star for the club during his glittering playing career, Majidi’s appointment comes after former Inter Milan and Udinese manager Andrea Stramaccioni stepped down from the top job on December 9.
The door had seemingly been left ajar for Stramaccioni to return to the role, but Esteghlal confirmed the Italian’s departure was permanent last week, with Majidi subsequently signing a one-and-a-half-year deal with the two-time Asian champions.
Majidi takes the job on a full-time basis having briefly held the reins at Esteghlal on a caretaker basis after the departure of German boss Winfried Schaefer last April.
Vissel Kobe seal debut ACL appearance with Emperor's Cup win
Tokyo: Vissel Kobe were crowned Emperor's Cup champions for the first time on Wednesday, inaugurating the new National Stadium with a 2-0 victory over Kashima Antlers following a pair of fortunate goals.
The star-studded club took the lead off an own goal by Kashima defender Tomoya Inukai in the 18th minute, then doubled the advantage when the ball ricocheted into the net off striker Noriaki Fujimoto 20 minutes later.