Reghecampf hails Al Ahli Saudi for overcoming Al Shorta in 'difficult' AFC Champions League clash
Jeddah: Head coach Laurentiu Reghecampf praised his Al Ahli Saudi FC side for a 'difficult 2-1' win against Al Shorta on Saturday to keep the Saudi Arabia club in contention in Group C of the 2021 AFC Champions League.
Al Shorta looked set to claim their first point of the campaign when Fahad Youssef cancelled out Omar Al Soma's early opener but Abdulrahman Ghareeb made sure of victory for Al Ahli Saudi, notching the winner 11 minutes from time.
The result sees the Saudi Pro League side climb to seven points with a game against Islamic Republic of Iran's Esteghlal FC up next, while Al Shorta, whose elimination has been confirmed, take on Qatar’s Al Duhail SC.
Al Duhail lead on eight points, with Esteghlal ahead of Al Ahli Saudi on goal difference. Only the group winners are assured of advancing to the Round of 16.
Group C: Esteghlal, Al Duhail settle for AFC Champions League stalemate
Jeddah: A brace from Kenyan forward Michael Olunga was cancelled out by goals from Cheick Diabate and Mehdi Ghaedi as Esteghlal FC and Al Duhail SC played out a 2-2 draw on Matchday Four of the 2021 AFC Champions League Group C on Saturday.
The result means Qatar's Al Duhail remain unbeaten in four games, topping Group C with eight points, while Esteghlal of the Islamic Republic of Iran continue to chase with seven points to their name, level with Al Ahli Saudi FC.
Matchday Five sees Al Duhail facing Iraq’s Al Shorta while Esteghlal clash with Al Ahli in the late Tuesday fixture.
Xavi ecstatic as Al Sadd stay on course in AFC Champions League
Riyadh: Al Sadd head coach Xavi was thrilled after his side beat Al Wehdat 2-0 to stay in sight of the 2021 AFC Champions League Round of 16.
Goals by Santi Cazorla and Ali Asad powered Al Sadd to their second win in Group D, placing them second with seven points, one behind leaders Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia.
Al Sadd will now set their sights on Foolad Khouzestan FC of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Monday, where another three points will set them up nicely for the group finale against Al Nassr three days later.
Golmohammadi happy with dominant Persepolis, Ferrando crushed after second AFC Champions League loss
Goa: It was a comfortable night for Persepolis FC after Yahya Golmohammadi’s men hit four goals past India’s FC Goa in Group E of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Friday.
Shahriar Moghanlou and Mahdi Torabi gave Persepolis a two-goal cushion going into the break before Kamal Kamyabinia and Isa Alkasir completed the win as the 2020 AFC Champions League runners-up made it four wins out of four.
The result means Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis will confirm their Round of 16 spot if they avoid defeat against UAE's Al Wahda FSCC on Monday.
Al Anbari praises Sharjah subs, Pakhtakor's Huistra remains hopeful after AFC Champions League draw
Sharjah: Sharjah FC head coach Abdulaziz Al Anbari praised his substitutes’ contribution as his late changes secured a 1-1 draw against Pakhtakor FC on Matchday Four of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Friday.
Swiss striker Eren Derdiyok opened the scoring for Uzbekistan's Pakhtakor as his team dominated play, yet Sharjah’s late substitutes Mohammed Khalfan and Abdulaziz Salem combined, the latter assisting the former with just three minutes left on the clock in the Group B tie to salvage a point.