Preview - SF: Al Duhail SC (QAT) v Al Hilal SFC (KSA)
Doha: The AFC Champions League™ 2022 (West) Semi-final has all the ingredients to be a spectacular affair with Qatar’s Al Duhail SC to face Al Hilal SFC of Saudi Arabia.
Al Hilal, the defending champions, are seeking to lift the trophy for the third time in four years while Al Duhail are in their maiden semi-final, with the winners to face Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds, with the two-leg final to be played on April 29 and May 6.
Al Wakrah: Ramon Diaz applauded his players for their commitment and passion after Al Hilal SFC defeated Foolad Khouzestan FC 1-0 to advance to the AFC Champions League™ 2022 (West) semi-final on Thursday.
Moussa Marega’s 87th minute winner took Al Hilal into a semi-final meeting with Qatar’s Al Duhail SC on Sunday and Diaz said the players deserved the victory against a resilient Foolad.
Doha: Michael Olunga was the hero with both goals but the Kenyan striker paid tribute to his teammates after Al Duhail SC defeated Al Shabab FC 2-1 to advance to the AFC Champions League™ semi-finals for the first time on Thursday.
After a tight first half which saw both teams exchanging blows, Olunga scored in the 77th and 85th minutes to all but secure Qatar’s Al Duhail their place in the semi-final, with Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab netting a consolation through Saeed Al Rubaei in added time.
Olunga, the 2021 AFC Champions League topscorer, was deservingly named Player-of-the-Match but the striker said it was team effort which took Al Duhail through.
Tashkent: The AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 kicks off on Wednesday with 16 teams aiming for the title.
The erstwhile U-19 championship, returning under its new U-20 brand, will also serve as the qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2023, which is scheduled to be held from May 20 to June 11.
Saudi Arabia will be aiming to defend the title won in 2018, with the remaining 15 teams also fancying their chances so join the-AFC.com as we take a look at the cast, with the group stage matches to be played in Tashkent and Fergana and the final scheduled for March 18.