Preview – Round of 16 2nd Leg: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (1) v (1) Shanghai SIPG
Jeonju: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Shanghai SIPG will face off in the second leg of their 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 clash on Wednesday with the tie delicately poised following a 1-1 draw in last week’s first leg.
Moon Seon-min struck inside a minute in China to give two-time champions Jeonbuk a vital away goal but the Korean side were pegged back through Weng Shenchao’s equaliser shortly before the interval.
Hosts Jeonbuk have the slightest of advantages as they start the second leg at Jeonju World Cup Stadium knowing that a scoreless draw would see them progress to the quarter-finals for a ninth time.
The K league side are also unbeaten at home in the 2019 competition while Shanghai have yet to win on the road, although the Chinese champions have secured 2-2 and 3-3 draws away from home – results that would ensure they advance.
Failure to win at home is an opportunity missed, says Wang Shenchao
Shanghai: Defender Wang Shenchao admitted that Shanghai SIPG now face a tough challenge to overcome two-time AFC Champions League winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors after they could only draw the first leg of their Round of 16 clash at Shanghai Stadium.
The Chinese Super League champions could not have asked for a worse start in their tie with Continental heavyweights Jeonbuk, conceding in the opening minute after Moon Seon-min's clever finish.
However, the hosts responded with Wang heading home Yu Hai's cross six minutes before half-time. Chances came and went after the interval but a 1-1 draw was to be the final scoreline. A result that Wang feels, while fair, does put his side in a difficult position going into the second leg on Wednesday.
Shanghai: Moon Seon-min has hailed the superb Lim Sun-young assist that allowed the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors forward to net his first-ever AFC Champions League goal as the two-time champions claimed a 1-1 draw against Shanghai SIPG on Wednesday.
The first leg of the Round of 16 pitted the champions of China PR and Korea Republic against each other and it took Moon less than a minute to open the scoring and silence the home support inside Shanghai Stadium.
With the outside of his right foot, Lim clipped a pinpoint delivery over the top of the Shanghai defence which Moon latched onto before lifting the ball over Yan Junling to break the deadlock before carrying out one of the more unique celebrations the competition has seen this season.
Kuala Lumpur: The stakes are raised in this week's AFC Champions League as the identity of the four quarter-finalists from the East will be decided in the Round of 16 second leg matches on Tuesday and Wednesday.
All four of the last 16 ties are tantilisingly poised - either level or with a team holding a slim one goal advantage - and promise some rollercoaster action to come. The-AFC.com has picked out five things to look out for ahead of the games.
Preview - Round of 16 2nd Leg: Shandong Luneng FC (1) v (2) Guangzhou Evergrande FC
Jinan: Two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande journey to Shandong Luneng on Tuesday looking to make it to the quarter-finals for the sixth time in their history – a record for a Chinese team.
A first half strike from Wei Shihao and an own goal from Shandong defender Zheng Zheng sees Fabio Cannavaro's Guangzhou with a slim advantage ahead of the tie at Jinan Olympic Sports Center.
However, Zhang Chi's reply for Shandong does keep theings tantalisingly poised with the Jinan side returning to eastern China with an away goal from last week's visit to Tianhe Stadium.
Despite twice reaching the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League, Shandong have still never managed a single victory in the knockout stages, drawing four and losing three of their seven games at this stage to date.
Preview - Round of 16 2nd Leg: Sanfrecce Hiroshima (0) v (1) Kashima Antlers
Hiroshima: Defending champions Kashima Antlers travel to compatriots Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Tuesday with a 1-0 advantage from the Round of 16 first leg tie at Kashima Soccer Stadium.
A week ago, Kashima snapped Sanfrecce's run of five consecutive AFC Champions League victories and the visitors come into the tie looking to progress to their third appearance in the quarter-finals.
A Serginho goal in the first leg was the difference for the 2018 winners, and it was a return to the kind of form the Brazilian showed in last year's campaign as the forward netted his sixth goal in seven knockout stage ties.
Sanfrecce, meanwhile, are looking to advance to the quarter final stage of the AFC Champions League for the very first time and they will be relying on their impressive home form.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2019 AFC Champions League returned with a bang last week as the first legs of the Round of 16 in the East Zone produced plenty of drama and excitement.
All four games remain tight ahead of the decisive return meetings in the coming days, before which the-AFC.com looks back at some of the numbers that caught the eye as the knockout rounds got underway.