Preview - Group B: Sharjah focused on continuing positive AFC Champions League form against Tractor
Sharjah: Group B hosts Sharjah will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the group when they face Islamic Republic of Iran’s Tractor FC in Matchday Two of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Saturday.
Sharjah got their campaign underway with a 1-0 win over Iraq’s Air Force Club on Wednesday. Khalid Bawazir swept home Caio’s cross midway through the second half to give the Emiratis their first three points.
Vote for your Best Goal of 2021 AFC Champions League Matchday One (West)
Kuala Lumpur: With the kick off of the 2021 AFC Champions League, The-AFC.com has announced the nominees for this week's Best Goal of Matchday 1 (West)
Long range screamers, terrifc team moves and captain's leading by example, the opening Matchday of the 2021 AFC Champions League has plenty of goals to savour for fans of the Continent's premier club competition.
We've selected five of the best for you to choose your favourite in the poll at the foot of the article.
Farhad Majidi: Expect more from Esteghlal after AFC Champions League masterclass against Al Ahli Saudi
Jeddah: A delighted Farhad Majidi has warned that Esteghlal can only get better after their 5-2 win over Al Ahli Saudi FC in Group C of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Thursday.
Esteghlal cruised to the resounding win at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium thanks to a brace from Mehdi Ghayedi, with Farshid Esmaeili, Mohammad Naderi and substitute Cheick Diabaté notching one goal each with Omar Al Soma scoring both of Al Ahli’s goals.
Mahdi Ali laments Shabab Al Ahli Dubai’s missed opportunities in AFC Champions League tie against Istiklol
Riyadh: Head coach Mahdi Ali was left to contemplate on what it could have been after Shabab Al Ahli Dubai were held to a goalless draw by FC Istiklol in their 2021 AFC Champions League Group A opener on Thursday.
The Emirati club pulled out all the stops in their search a goal, but were denied time and time again as Tajikistan's Istiklol defended resolutely for a share of the points at the King Fahd Stadium.
Kasimov applauds AGMK players after AFC Champions League draw with Al Hilal
Riyadh: Head coach Mirdjalal Kasimov hailed his AGMK FC players after the Uzbekistan side battled to a 2-2 draw with Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal SFC in their AFC Champions League group stage debut on Thursday.
Going into the Group A tie as outsiders, AGMK came within a whisker of defeating the 2019 AFC Champions League winners, with Zafar Polvonov giving them an 11th minute lead.
An own goal by Sardor Rakhmanov (27th) and Luciano Vietto's 36th minute strike meant Al Hilal took the lead going into the break but Sanjar Shaakhmedov scored in the 70th to ensure AGMK ended the night with their first AFC Champions League point.
Al Duhail's Lamouchi satisfied with opening AFC Champions League win, Ilic expects Al Shorta to bounce back
Jeddah: Head coach Sabri Lamouchi said it was hugely important for Al Duhail SC to open their 2021 AFC Champions League Group C campaign with a win.
Goals from Michael Olunga and Edmilson Junior steered the Qataris to a perfect start against Iraq’s Al Shorta at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium on Thursday, with Lamouchi's only regret being the margin of victory which he felt should have been higher.
Taremi, Son, Azmoun and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Big-game bicycle kicks, goals from half-way and goalkeeping heroics were just some of outstanding moments produced by Asian players outside the continent over the past week, but who shone brightest of them all?
Mehdi Taremi lit up the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a goal of the season contender, while Uzbekistan’s Igor Sergeev produced a screamer of his own in a week where big names like Son, Azmoun and Kamada all starred in their respective leagues.
So, who will take this week’s crown? Take a close look at our nominees – based on performances from April 8 to 14 – and, as ever, don’t forget to register your vote.