Preview - Group B: Air Force Club, Tractor FC out to end pursuit of AFC Champions League triumph
Sharjah: Iraq’s Air Force Club and Islamic Republic of Iran’s Tractor FC will continue their pursuit of a first win when they lock horns at the Sharjah Stadium on Matchday Three of the 2021 AFC Champions League Group B on Tuesday.
This will be Tractor’s first encounter against Iraqi opponents in the competition, while Air Force Club previously played IR Iran’s Saipa in the 2008 edition, losing 1-0 and drawing 1-1.
Preview - Group E: FC Goa relishing AFC Champions League encounter with Persepolis
Goa: India’s FC Goa will be aiming to push the boundaries once again when they face Group E leaders Persepolis FC of Islamic Republic of Iran in the 2021 AFC Champions League at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday.
The two teams have never met before in the AFC Champions League. Persepolis are top of the table with six points after notching consecutives victories, while second placed FC Goa have kept two clean sheets in back-to-back goalless draws.
Preview - Group E: Victory only option for Al Rayyan, Al Wahda in AFC Champions League showdown
Goa: United Arab Emirates’ Al Wahda FSCC and Al Rayyan SC of Qatar will both be searching for their first win when they meet in Group E of the 2021 AFC Champions League at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday.
Al Wahda will fancy their chances, having defeated Al Rayyan in four out of their five previous meetings in the AFC Champions League.
Both teams, however, have not enjoyed the best of starts to their 2021 campaign and with just a point to show after two matches, neither can afford anything less than a win on Tuesday.
Majidi credits Esteghlal for clinching tough three points, Ilic remains confident of Al Shorta's AFC Champions League hopes
Jeddah: Esteghlal FC's 3-0 win against Al Shorta FC in the 2021 AFC Champions League on Sunday was not as easy as the scoreline suggests, head coach Farhad Majidi said.
Goals from Mohammad Naderi, Farshid Esmaeili and Cheick Diabaté at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium steered the Tehran giants to their second win in Group C, with Esteghlal's task seemingly made easier following Hussam Kadhim's red card in the 11th minute.
The result made it two wins on the trot for Esteghlal - who had defeated Al Ahli Saudi FC 5-2 in their opener - but Majidi said his side had to fight hard to get past a determined Al Shorta.
Team effort secured Istiklol's historic AFC Champions League win over AGMK, says Dzhalilov
Riyadh: Manuchehr Dzhalilov attributed FC Istiklol’s historic AFC Champions League win to a collective team effort after the Tajik club beat Uzbekistan's AGMK FC 3-2 in their Group A encounter on Sunday.
In what was considered a Central Asian derby, the back-and-forth encounter at the King Fahd International Stadium saw Istiklol take the lead heading into the break after AGMK’s Jovan Djokic conceded an own goal in added time, with Dzhalilov doubling their advantage in the 55th minute with a fine header.
AGMK quickly bounced back with Zafar Polvonov reducing the deficit two minutes later, only for Muhammadjon Rahimov to reclaim Istiklol’s two-goal lead by the 80th minute. Polvonov scored his second goal of the night in the final minute, but it only served as a consolation as Istiklol walked away with all three points.
Micale: Clinical first half paved way for Al Hilal's AFC Champions League victory against Shabab Al Ahli
Riyadh: Head coach Rogério Micale praised Al Hilal SFC's fast start against Shabab Al Ahli Dubai on Sunday as the Saudi Arabia side cruised to a 2-0 win to top Group A of the 2021 AFC Champions League.
Clinical finishes in the first half from Bafétimbi Gomis and André Carrillo gave the 2019 AFC Champions League winners a lead that never came under any threat as Al Hilal sealed their first win of this year's competition after being held 2-2 by AGMK FC of Uzbekistan on Matchday One.