Preview - Group J: Cerezo Osaka's Culpi cautious despite Guangzhou FC players' lack of AFC Champions League experience
Buriram: Levir Culpi will not be underestimating Guangzhou FC’s youngsters as he leads his Cerezo Osaka side into their Group J clash with the Chinese side looking to notch up another win on their way to securing a place in the knockout rounds of the 2021 AFC Champions League.
Culpi’s side have won three of their four opening games and lead the Group J standings with 10 points to sit one point clear of Kitchee with two games remaining and take on a Guangzhou side that has struggled in the competition so far.
Preview - Group J: Kitchee SC's counter attacks can derail Port FC's AFC Champions League dreams, warns Sarawut
Buriram: Sarawut Treephan has warned his Port FC players to be wary of Kitchee’s counter attacking strengths when they take on the Hong Kong Premier League champions in their 2021 AFC Champions League Group J clash at Buriram Stadium on Tuesday.
Port witnessed Kitchee’s ability to score on the break in the teams’ opening encounter in the competition when Alex Chu Chi-kwong’s side notched up a 2-0 win despite the Thai League side dominating for much of the game.
Group F: Second half revival secures BG Pathum United crucial AFC Champions League victory over Viettel FC
Bangkok: BG Pathum United fought back from a goal down to beat Viettel FC 3-1 to keep their 2021 AFC Champions League knockout stage hopes alive on Monday.
Viettel took a deserved lead in the first half, but a flurry of goals after the break saw Thailand's BG Pathum United secure the vital win to stay second in Group F with nine points from four games, while Vietnam's Viettel are third on three points. Defending champions Ulsan Hyundai FC lead the standings on 12 points.
Group F: Ten-man Ulsan Hyundai fend off Kaya FC-Iloilo to extend AFC Champions League win record
Bangkok: Ulsan Hyundai FC made it a record-extending 13 wins in a row as the AFC Champions League holders overcame a spirited Kaya FC-Iloilo 2-1 on Monday.
The win took Ulsan - reduced to 10 players in the 31st minute - to 12 points as the Korea Republic side moved closer to confirming their Round of 16 spot from Group F.
Philippines side Kaya, despite the defeat, walked away with their heads held high after not only giving the match their all but by becoming the first team to score against Ulsan in the 2021 edition of the AFC Champions League.
Group I: Daegu FC cruise past Beijing FC to keep AFC Champions League hopes alive
Tashkent: Daegu FC of Korea Republic stayed in the hunt for a top spot finish, recording a comprehensive 3-0 win against Beijing FC in Group I of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Monday.
Nearly 90 minutes of dominance and more than 30 efforts on goal were rewarded thanks to strikes from Kim Jun-hyuk and Jung Chi-in, as well as a Liang Shawoen own goal, as the K League outfit made it back-to-back wins against the now-eliminated Chinese side.
Latest update on the AFC Club Competitions in 2021 and 2022
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Executive Committee has approved today the AFC Competitions Committee’s recommendation to reschedule all Knockout Stage matches of the AFC Cup 2021 and AFC Champions League 2021 (from the Quarter-finals onwards) from its current home and away format to single leg ties.
Taking into consideration the existing uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the ongoing travel restrictions imposed across the Continent, the AFC Executive Committee agreed that it was essential to minimise the travel frequency of the participating clubs, while underlining its continued commitment towards ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all players, teams, officials and key stakeholders.