Preview - Group H: Gamba Osaka’s AFC Champions League campaign on the line against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Tashkent: Saturday looms as the decisive day in Gamba Osaka’s 2021 AFC Champions League campaign, with the Japanese club requiring a win against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors to keep their knockout stage hopes alive.
While Jeonbuk have already secured their place in the Round of 16 as group winners, Gamba face an uncertain path where even three points against the K League champions may not be enough.
With a tally of nine points from a five-match campaign which was dented by two draws against Chiangrai United, a win will put Masanobu Matsunami’s side in the mix to advance as one of the best three runners-up in the East Zone, but the results in other groups will also be pivotal.
Preview - Group H: Tampines Rovers and Chiangrai United look to end AFC Champions League adventures on a high
Tashkent: Singapore’s Tampines Rovers FC and Chiangrai United of Thailand will aim conclude their 2021 AFC Champions League campaigns with a flourish as they face-off at the Lokomotiv Stadium on Matchday Six of Group H on Saturday.
Both teams had been eliminated from the competition earlier, with the Singaporean side yet to collect a point on their maiden campaign and Chiangrai United sitting third, four points adrift of second-placed Gamba Osaka.
Cerezo Osaka's Culpi sets sights on AFC Champions League success, Chu's Kitchee SC hold heads up high
Buriram: Levir Culpi left Buriram Stadium celebrating guiding Cerezo Osaka into the Round of 16 of the AFC Champions League on Friday but vowing to work on his side’s finishing as he sets his sights on claiming the continental crown.
Cerezo’s 0-0 draw with Kitchee in their final Group J match ensured the J-League side finished on top of the standings and progress to the knockout rounds of the competition for the third time in the club’s history and for the first time since 2014.
Preview - Group F: Viettel FC, Kaya FC-Iloilo determined to make classy AFC Champions League exits
Bangkok: Kaya FC-Iloilo will go all out when they take on Viettel FC in Group F of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Sunday with both sides aiming to end their debut campaigns positively.
Both have already been eliminated from Round of 16 contention with Viettel the better placed with three points while Kaya of the Philippines head into the match having suffered five defeats, including a 5-0 loss to Sunday's Vietnamese opponents in the corresponding fixture.
Preview - Group I: Kawasaki Frontale chase perfect AFC Champions League group stage record against youthful Beijing FC
Tashkent: Kawasaki Frontale head coach Toru Oniki brushed aside suggestions of a lack of motivation, with the side already assured of progression as Group I winners ahead of their final game against Beijing FC on Sunday.
The reigning J1 League champions won each of their past five games and one more victory could make them the first side to collect all 18 points in the AFC Champions League group stage since Qatar’s Al Duhail SC in 2018, and the first in East zone since their compatriots Kashima Antlers all the way back in 2010.
Defending champions Ulsan Hyundai FC will also match the feat if they defeat Thailand's GH Pathum United in their final Group F match on Sunday.
Preview - Group I: Daegu FC urged to create AFC Champions League history against United City
Tashkent: Lee Byung-geun has urged his players to seize the moment and become the first Daegu FC side to qualify for the AFC Champions League knockout stage when they face United City FC on Sunday.
With nine points from five matches, Daegu now have a clear picture of what is required to advance to the last 16 for the first time, with a win to guarantee their progression, while a draw or defeat will bring their campaign to an abrupt end.