Preview - Group E: FC Nasaf (UZB) v Al Wehdat (JOR)
Dammam: After draws in both games of the opening matchday, Monday’s action will bring a fresh start for all four AFC Champions League™ 2022 Group E teams, according to Al Wehdat head coach Raed Assaf whose side take on FC Nasaf at Prince Mohamed bin Fahd.
Al Wehdat had come from behind against debutants Al Faisaly to collect their first point after Ahmed Samir’s second-half goal cancelled out Hicham Faik’s early free-kick. Meanwhile, Nasaf gave up their lead to draw 1-1 against nine-man Al Sadd in the earlier Friday game.
Al Faisaly’s Ouzounidis calls for improvement after historic first point against Al Wehdat
Dammam: Al Faisaly head coach Marinos Ouzounidis wants his team to continue improving after they collected their first-ever point in the AFC Champions League™ following a 1-1 draw with Jordan’s Al Wehdat at Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium on Friday.
The debutants took the lead in the Group E tie inside 12 minutes after Dutch midfielder Hicham Faik curled an angled left-footed free-kick into the back of the net. Ahmed Samir equalised for the Jordanian side early in the second half, finishing with composure after some intricate passing combinations.
Dammam: Head coach Javi Gracia expressed his pride in his side’s performance as nine-man Al Sadd held out for a 1-1 draw against FC Nasaf in their opening match of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 Group E on Friday.
The Qatari champions found themselves a goal and a man down half an hour into the game after Abdelkarim Hassan received a direct red card, having brought down Shahzod Akramov when he was through on goal. Nasaf took immediate advantage, opening the scoring through a Pedro Miguel own goal.
Al Sadd battled to equalise through Boualem Khoukhi’s header early in the second half, but Miguel’s night went from bad to worse as he followed in the footsteps of his fellow full-back Hassan, heading for an early bath after a second bookable offence, leaving Gracia’s side struggling with nine men.
Diaz: Positive mindset reason for Al Hilal’s victory over Sharjah
Riyadh: Al Hilal SFC’s Ramon Diaz was full of praise for his players after the defending champions defeated UAE's Sharjah 2-1 in their AFC Champions League™ 2022 Group A opener on Friday.
Sharjah’s Otabek Shukurov cancelled out Saleh Al Shehri’s spot-kick but the Saudi Arabia side rallied to score the winner in the second half courtesy of Brazilian Michael, sending a near-capacity crowd at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium into raptures.
Composure secured Al Rayyan’s triumph over Istiklol, says Cordova
Riyadh: Head coach Nicolas Cordova said Al Rayyan’s calmness under pressure propelled the Qatari side to beat FC Istiklol 3-2 in their AFC Champions League™ 2022 Group A fixture on Friday.
Al Rayyan fell behind early in the contest when Mukhammadzhon Rakhimov put Istiklol in front. However, Yacine Brahimi pulled one back before a Yohan Boli double steered the Qatar Stars League side to three points.
Air Force Club delight Hakeem Shakir, Keizer laments lack of luck
Riyadh: Hakeem Shakir Al Azzawi was full of praise for his players after Air Force Club defeated UAE’s Al Jazira 2-1 in their AFC Champions League™ 2022 Group B opener at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh on Friday.
It was the Iraqi side’s first AFC Champions League victory in 14 years, having last collected three points in their 2-1 win over Al Kuwait in the 2008 edition.
Sumudica wants more from Al Shabab despite win against Mumbai City
Riyadh: Al Shabab FC head coach Marius Sumudica has urged his side to be more clinical in front of goal following their 3-0 win over India’s Mumbai City in Group B of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 tie on Friday.
It was all Al Shabab from start to finish at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium with Ever Banega scoring in either half before Turki Al Ammar sealed the victory for the Saudi Arabian side.