Preview - Group I: Kawasaki Frontale, Daegu FC targeting triumphant start to AFC Champions League campaigns
Tashkent: The 2021 AFC Champions League Group I gets underway with a fiery Matchday One as J-League champions Kawasaki Frontale take on Korea Republic’s Daegu FC at the Lokomotiv Stadium on Saturday.
Having never faced each other before, the two sides are in a rich vein of form going into the competition with the Kawasaki-based side having gone unbeaten in all competitions since November 2020, which was also the last time they failed to score a goal. Their Daegu-based opponents have not lost a match since mid-April.
Preview - Group I: United City out to make history in AFC Champions League debut against Beijing FC
Tashkent: Long established as the premier club in the Philippines, United City will look to make a winning start in their maiden AFC Champions League group stage appearance against Beijing FC at Bunyodkor Stadium on Saturday.
Winners of the last four league titles in their homeland, the club formerly known as Ceres-Negros will make their AFC Champions League bow against an unfamiliar Beijing side packed with youngsters, and missing recognised stars like Renato Augusto and Cedric Bakambu.
Preview - Group F: BG Pathum United, Kaya FC-Iloilo equally confident ahead of AFC Champions League showdown
Bangkok: The all Southeast Asian-affair on Saturday will feature two debutants, BG Pathum United and Kaya FC-Iloilo, with both teams seeking to claim an early advantage in Group F of the 2021 AFC Champions League.
Pathum Thani Stadium is set for an exciting clash with hosts BG Pathum United taking on Kaya FC, who clinched the last group stage ticket after beating China PR's Shanghai Port in the playoff on Tuesday.
Group G: Johor Darul Ta'zim edge Ratchaburi to get AFC Champions League bid back on track
Bangkok: Johor Darul Ta'zim registered their first win of the 2021 AFC Champions League, edging Thailand's Ratchaburi FC 1-0 in a Group G tie at the Rajamangala Stadium on Friday.
Leandro Velazquez’s second half strike was enough to give Benjamin Mora’s side all three points as Johor Darul Ta'zim sit second in Group G with three points, ahead of Korea Republic’s Pohang Steelers on goal difference.
Group H: Gamba Osaka's AFC Champions League challenge off to a flying start with win over Tampines Rovers
Tashkent: Gamba Osaka celebrated their return to the AFC Champions League with a win, prevailing 2-0 in their opening Group H match against Singapore’s Tampines Rovers at Lokomotiv Stadium on Friday.
Goals either side of half time from Brazilian forwards Patric and Leandro Pereira settled the tie, denying Tampines a share of the spoils in the first AFC Champions League outing in the club's history.
Secured against a backdrop of indifferent domestic form, Gamba’s win boosts their chances of returning to the knockout stage, an achievement they last managed in 2015.