Preview - Group B: PFC Lokomotiv (UZB) v Al Rayyan SC (QAT)
Tashkent: The Lokomotiv Stadium will be home to the Group B fixture between PFC Lokomotiv and Al Rayyan SC on Tuesday; two teams that are looking to end a frustrating 2019 AFC Champions League campaign on a positive note.
Just as in 2018, both Lokomotiv and Al Rayyan have exited at the group stage. For the Uzbeks it is the third year in a row they have not been able to advance to the knockout stages.
Two weeks ago, both teams still had their chances intact ahead, but Al Rayyan succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Al Ittihad, while Lokomotiv surrendered a one-goal advantage to lost 3-1 at Al Wahda.
Kuala Lumpur: The final qualification places for the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 will be decided in the coming days as the Matchday Six games promise to throw up some intriguing contests.
Four knockout round berths remain up for grabs in the East Zone while just one spot is still available in the West. Ahead of the final set of group stagefixtures, the-AFC.com has chosen five things to look out for.
Preview - Group A: Al Wasl FC (UAE) v Al Zawraa Club (IRQ)
Dubai: Pride and an honourable third place finish in Group A are at stake as UAE’s Al Wasl welcome Iraq’s Al Zawraa to Zabeel Stadium on Matchday Six of the 2019 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Both sides were eliminated on the previous matchday as Zobahan and Al Nassr booked the two Round of 16 tickets from the group.
Al Zawraa’s bright return to the AFC Champions League ended in heartbreak a fortnight ago. The Iraqis looked destined for a 2-1 home win over Zobahan when Reza Habibzadeh struck late in added time to rescue a point for the visitors and consign Hakeem Shaker’s men to early elimination.
Preview - Group A: Zobahan FC (IRN) v Al Nassr (KSA)
Doha: Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr and Islamic Republic of Iran’s Zobahan face-off on Wednesday in a direct battle for the top spot of the 2019 AFC Champions League Group A at the Grand Hamad Stadium in Doha.
The match had been scheduled to take place on May 21 in Karbala, Iraq but was postponed and moved to an alternative venue for security reasons.
Both teams had secured qualification to the Round of 16 with a game to spare. Zobahan needed an added time goal from Reza Habibzadeh to snatch a point from Al Zawraa on Matchday Five and reach 11 points at the top of the group. Al Nassr, meanwhile, cruised to a 3-1 win over Al Wasl to join the Iranians in the next stage.
Must-win match with Ulsan will be like a final, says Wang Shenchao
Shanghai: Shanghai SIPG defender Wang Shenchao has admitted making the 2019 AFC Champions League's Round of 16 is of vital importance ahead of their crucial Group H clash against Ulsan Hyundai on Tuesday.
Since they first appeared in the AFC Champions League in their maiden tournament in 2016, Shanghai SIPG have reached at least the Round of 16 in all three Continental campaigns.
However, failure to win against unbeaten Group H winners Ulsan, coupled with a Kawasaki Frontale win away at Sydney FC, would see that proud record end. And so, China PR international Wang Shenchao is well aware of the significance of the tie at Shanghai Stadium.
Preview - Group C: Al Duhail SC (QAT) v Al Hilal SFC (KSA)
Doha: With both sides already through to the next round, Al Duhail welcome Al Hilal to Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium for a heavyweight clash at the top of Group C of the 2019 AFC Champions League on Monday.
The two teams go into the final game of the group stage (also the last of their respective seasons), following contrasting results on the domestic front.
Al Duhail made up for the disappointment of conceding the Qatar Stars League title to rivals Al Sadd by defeating the latter 4-1 in the final to lift the Amir Cup trophy last week.
Al Hilal had a blank season, finishing runners-up to Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League and being eliminated in the semi-finals of the King’s Cup by eventual winners Al Tawoun.
Preview - Group D: Al Ahli Saudi FC (KSA) v Pakhtakor (UZB)
Jeddah: In the West Zone, only one place in the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 is yet to be decided. It will be directly contested between Al Ahli and Pakhtakor at King Abdullah Sport City on Monday.
With Al Sadd having already booked their ticket to the knock-out stage from Group D, Pakhtakor travel to Jeddah for what is essentially a cup tie against 2012 runners-up Al Ahli.
The Uzbek side sit second in the standings on eight points. A 1-0 victory over Persepolis in the previous matchday eliminated the Iranians from the competition, leaving Pakhtakor in need of one point in Saudi Arabia.