Quarter-final - 1st Leg: Shanghai SIPG FC (CHN) 2-2 Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN)
Shanghai: A pair of penalties from Brazilian striker Hulk saw Shanghai SIPG salvage a 2-2 draw with Urawa Red Diamonds in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-final at Shanghai Stadium on Tuesday, leaving the tie delicately poised ahead of next month’s second leg.
Urawa took a two-goal lead into the half time break with efforts from Tomoaki Makino and Shinzo Koroki, but Hulk’s brace from the spot in the second 45 minutes leaves the Japanese side with a slender advantage due to the away goals rule going into the second game.
The two-time champions can progress with victory or a scoreless draw at Saitama Stadium on September 17, while a 1-1 draw would also ensure Tsuyoshi Otsuki’s side advance to the last four for the fourth time in the club’s history.
Guangzhou: Kashima Antlers head coach Go Oiwa is confident his team can challenge for a place in the semi-finals of the 2019 AFC Champions League when they kick off the first leg of their quarter-final against Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday despite the loss of three key players over the summer.
Hiroki Abe’s move to FC Barcelona stole the headlines as the young midfielder joined the Spanish giants in July, while the defending Asian champions have also seen full-back Koki Anzai join Portimonense in Portugal and Yuma Suzuki – last year’s AFC Champions League MVP – sign for Belgian club Sint-Truiden.
But Oiwa believes Kashima can compensate for the departure of the trio with their team play as the reigning champions seek to gain an advantage over the Chinese Super League side at Tianhe Stadium in Wednesday’s first leg.
Preview - Quarter-final: Guangzhou Evergrande FC (CHN) vs Kashima Antlers (JPN)
Guangzhou: A clash of Continental heavyweights will take place at the Tianhe Stadium on Wednesday as Guangzhou Evergrande host Kashima Antlers in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finals.
Between them, the sides have won three of the past six editions of the competition with two-time winners Guangzhou lifting the trophy in 2013 and 2015 and the J.League club Kashima being crowned champions in November last year.
The match also marks a repeat of the 2017 Round of 16 match-up which the Chinese side edged on away goals following a narrow 1-0 win at home and a 2-1 loss in Japan.
We're not satisfied with just one title, says Misao
Guangzhou: Kashima Antlers midfielder Kento Misao insists that the AFC Champions League holders are determined to keep their title defence alive ahead of Wednesday's quarter-final with two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande.
Being among the Kashima number crowned Asia's kings last year was a highlight in the career of 23-year-old Tokyo-native Misao, but the 2018 AFC Player of the Year nominee is adamant that neither he nor his teammates are content to sit on their laurels.
Their campaign to become the first back-to-back champions since Al Ittihad in 2005 – and, indeed, just the second in the AFC Champions League's history – is set to face a huge test in the last eight against 2013 and 2015 winners Guangzhou.
First leg win is a confidence booster, says Al Nassr's Giuliano
Riyadh: Al Nassr midfielder Giuliano believes his side’s confidence will be boosted by the 2-1 victory over Al Sadd in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-final.
The Saudi side came from behind to secure their first-ever home win in an AFC Champions League knockout stage match as goals from Abdulrahman Al Dossari and Giuliano settled matters in a closely-contested affair at the King Fahd International Stadium on Monday.
Riyadh: Al Sadd SC head coach Xavi Hernandez remains hopeful of continuing their 2019 AFC Champions League campaign, despite a 2-1 defeat to Al Nassr in the first leg of the quarter-final.
Ali Asad had given the Qataris a 21st minute lead but it was countered by Abdulrahman Al Dossari’s close range strike a minute from the break, before Giuliano sealed the win for Al Nassr with a fine header in the 72nd minute on Tuesday.
Quarter-final - 1st Leg: Al Nassr (KSA) 2-1 Al Sadd SC (QAT)
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr came from behind to seal a valuable 2-1 win over Qatar’s Al Sadd in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-final at King Fahd International Stadium on Monday.
Making their first-ever quarter-final appearance, Al Nassr were hopeful of securing their first win over Qatari opponents in the competition, but had their work cut out for them by a late injury to star striker Abdelrazzaq Hamdallah.
In turn, Al Sadd needed a positive result from Riyadh to set them up for an easier task at home as they chase a second consecutive semi-final.