Record breaker Damjanovic: Scoring against Cerezo Osaka is one AFC Champions League goal I will never forget
Buriram: Kitchee SC’s Dejan Damjanovic has scored for every club he has represented in the AFC Champions League, but no goal means more to the competition’s newly christened all-time leading scorer than the one that made history on Sunday against Cerezo Osaka.
A trademark finish in the 38th minute at Buriram Stadium took the 39-year-old Montenegrin to 38 goals from 69 games and one clear of his great rival Lee Dong-gook of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors as the competition’s top scorer ever.
Beijing’s teenage captain Liang leading by example in AFC Champions League
Tashkent: Not many players win Player of the Match honours in their AFC Champions League debut, and fewer still do while captaining their team at the age of 19.
Beijing FC’s Liang Shaowen pulled off both feats in a memorable introduction to the competition at Bunyodkor Stadium on Saturday.
Leading a heavily inexperienced team against United City FC, Liang not only not kept all-time leading AFC Cup goal scorer Bienvenido Marańon scoreless, but curled home the sublime late free-kick which gave his side a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
Treephan urges Port FC to stay grounded after resounding AFC Champions League win against Guangzhou
Buriram: Port FC coach Sarawut Treephan will look to put his side’s first-ever AFC Champions League win to one side as he attempts to keep his players focused on the Thai League side’s push for a place in the knockout stage after Sunday’s 3-0 Group J victory over Guangzhou FC.
Victory for the Thai side at Buriram Stadium came thanks to goals from Elias Dolah, Pakorn Parmpak and Philip Roller while they could also afford a missed penalty late in the game from Sergio Suarez as Sarawut’s side cruised to the three points.
Culpi credits Cerezo Osaka's resilience for comeback AFC Champions League victory over Kitchee SC
Buriram: Levir Culpi praised his Cerezo Osaka side for their refusal to give up as the Japanese side came from going a goal down to earn a 2-1 victory over Hong Kong’s Kitchee SC at Buriram Stadium to maintain their winning start to Group J of the 2021 AFC Champions League.
Cerezo had goals from Adam Taggart and Tiago Pagnussat to thank for the club’s second win in a row after an opening victory over Guangzhou FC and the Brazilian was pleased with the determination his players showed to come back after Dejan Damjanovic gave Kitchee the lead.
Fighting spirit Viettel’s strength in AFC Champions League, says Que Ngoc Hai
Bangkok: Football in Vietnam has made significant progress at the national team level in recent years and that trend is now emerging at club continental stage with Viettel FC making their first-ever appearance in the AFC Champions League.
The last time a Vietnamese club reached the AFC Champions League group stage was Becamex Binh Doung in 2016, and five years later, the honour of representing the nation has fallen on Viettel FC.