Kuala Lumpur: The dust has barely settled on Matchday One as the second round of 2020 AFC Champions League Group Stage fixtures comes within a week of the openers, with 10 teams in the East Zone set to face off.
Having sat out last week's fixtures, Korea Republic duo FC Seoul and Suwon Samsung Bluewings, Australian pair Perth Glory and Sydney FC and China PR's Beijing FC all make their first starts in this year's competition.
Tokyo: Diego Castro has spoken of his delight at being part of Perth Glory’s maiden AFC Champions League campaign as the Australian side get set for their Group F opener against FC Tokyo on Tuesday.
As 2018-19 A-League Premiers, the Western Australia club qualified for the competition for the first time and, after last week’s match against Shanghai Shenhua was postponed, they will make their tournament bow away at Tokyo Stadium.
For their veteran skipper Castro, who has been at Perth since 2015, the chance to test their wits against the best in Asia marks the realisation of a dream for a player who made well over 200 La Liga appearances for Sporting Gijon and Getafe in his native Spain.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2020 AFC Champions League got off to a flying start last week with 24 teams in action across Asia as the Continent's biggest club competition kicked off its 18th edition.
With 32 goals in 12 games, including a resounding win for a tournament debutant and a heavy loss for a side on a miserable run, join the-AFC.com as we take a look at the facts and figures that caught the eye in the first week in numbers of the new campaign.
ACL2020 MD1 Toyota Player of the Week: Keijiro Ogawa
Kuala Lumpur: Vissel Kobe's Keijiro Ogawa has been named the Toyota Player of the Week for Matchday One of the 2020 AFC Champions League.
Hat-trick hero Keijiro Ogawa helped Vissel Kobe defeat Malaysia's Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) 5-1 in their debut win at home in the Group G opener on Wednesday as the 27-year-old picked up this week's top player plaudit.
Ogawa showed an impressive clinical edge to his finishing with his three goals coming from three shots on target. The wide forward also created three chances for his teammates.
Toivonen: Melbourne Victory had to overcome nerves
Melbourne: Ola Toivonen has admitted that Melbourne Victory had to survive a tense second half to claim a hard-fought 1-0 win over Thailand’s Chiangrai United in their opening 2020 AFC Champions League Group E match on Tuesday.
Swedish forward Toivanen’s penalty midway through the first half proved the difference at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium as the Australian side moved to the top of the standings, with both Beijing FC and FC Seoul not in action.
But, while the hosts were the better side, their last win in the competition came back in April 2018 and they picked up just one point in six games in a disastrous 2019 campaign, something their skipper alluded to.