Preview - Group J: Chu expects a sharper Kitchee SC in second AFC Champions League meeting with Guangzhou FC
Buriram: Huang Yang is expected to return to the Kitchee SC midfield for their AFC Champions League meeting with Guangzhou FC on Saturday as the Hong Kong Premier League champions look to maintain their push for a place in the knockout rounds of this year’s competition.
The club captain missed the first meeting with the Chinese side on Wednesday after picking up yellow cards in each of Kitchee’s first two games but will be available for selection as coach Alex Chu Chi-kwong looks to build on the six points already collected in Group J.
Preview - Group J: Refreshed Cerezo Osaka ready to run AFC Champions League race against Port FC
Buriram: Levir Culpi is confident his Cerezo Osaka players are fresh and ready to take on the second half of the schedule in Group J of the 2021 AFC Champions League after making wholesale alterations to his starting line-up for the J-League club’s previous meeting with Port FC.
The teams meet again on Saturday after Culpi made 10 changes for their first meeting on Wednesday, which ended in a 1-1 draw, but the Brazilian believes the break from a hectic run of matches will have his key performers ready to push for a place in the knockout rounds.
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors' Kim credits constant pressure for record AFC Champions League victory over Tampines Rovers
Tashkent: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors head coach Kim Sang-sik remained grounded even as his side registered a record 9-0 win against Singapore’s Tampines Rovers in Group H of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Thursday.
Brazilian striker Gustavo bagged four, while Man of the Match Modou Barrow scored a hat-trick, with Kim Seung-dae and Stanislav Iljutcenko rounding off the resounding win, which was also Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors’ biggest ever AFC Champions League win.
Matsunami rues squandered points after Gamba Osaka’s Chiangrai collapse in AFC Champions League
Tashkent: A disappointed Masanobu Matsunami revealed his frustration, and defended his decision to field a weakened side, after his Gamba Osaka team conceded in the final seconds to draw 1-1 with Chiangrai United on Thursday.
On top for much of the match, and seemingly destined for three points following Leandro Pereira’s goal just after half-time, Gamba dropped two points with the last kick of the game as Chiangrai striker Bill made sure Thai side were rewarded for a dogged defensive display.
Ficcadenti: Nagoya Grampus have what it takes to stay unbeaten in AFC Champions League
Bangkok: Massimo Ficcadenti claims Japan’s Nagoya Grampus have the ability to stay unbeaten throughout the 2021 AFC Champions League after defeating Thailand’s Ratchaburi FC in Group G on Thursday.
Nagoya broke the stalemate in the second half with goals from Brazilain Mateus, Yoichiro Kakitani and Ryogo Yamasaki to seal their fourth consecutive victory to sit three points above second-placed Pohang Steelers, who defeated Johor Darul Ta’zim 2-0.
Mora laments Johor Darul Ta’zim off day, solid Pohang Steelers' AFC Champions League performance impresses Kim
Bangkok: Head coach Benjamin Mora couldn’t hide his disappointment following Johor Darul Ta’zim’s 2-0 defeat to Korea Republic’s Pohang Steelers in Group G of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Thursday.
The Malaysian side never recovered after conceding two first half goals despite their best efforts in the second half, virtually ending their hopes of advancing into the knockout stage.
Defeat leaves Johor Darul Ta’zim third in the standings with three points, while Pohang have nine, three points behind leaders Nagoya Grampus of Japan, who defeated Ratchaburi 3-0.
We played to our strengths to get AFC Champions League win, says Pohang Steelers’ Kang Sang-Woo
Bangkok: Kang Sang-Woo has praised head coach Kim Gi-Dong for his fine job in maximising the players' individual abilities following Pohang Steeler’ 2-0 victory over Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim in Group G of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Thursday.
Lee Seung-Mo opened the scoring for Pohang before Kang doubled their lead en route to claiming their second win over Johor Darul Ta’zim at the Rajamangala Stadium.
Both teams were evenly matched at the start but Pohang’s influence in the game grew as they took the lead in stunning fashion.