Round of 16 - 1st Leg: Al Ahli Saudi FC (KSA) 2-4 Al Hilal SFC (KSA)
Jeddah: Birthday boy Bafétimbi Gomis was the hero of the night with a hat-trick as Al Hilal SFC came from behind twice to defeat Al Ahli Saudi FC 4-2 in their 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie on Tuesday.
It was a birthday to remember for Frenchman Gomis, who turned 34 on Tuesday, as Al Hilal took a commanding lead in the showdown against their Saudi Arabian rivals.
The winners will face either another Saudi Arabia side Al Ittihad or Zobahan FC of Islamic Republic of Iran in the quarter-finals.
Round of 16 1st Leg: Al Duhail SC (QAT) 1-1 Al Sadd SC (QAT)
Al Wakrah: Youssef Msakni scored on his second Al Duhail debut to cancel out Akram Afif’s opener for Al Sadd as the two Qatari sides played out a 1-1 draw at Al Janoub Stadium in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday.
Al Sadd, however, will be the happier of the two with the result as they took away a crucial away goal ahead of next week's return leg.
The winners will face either Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia or Al Wahda of the UAE in the quarter-finals.
Dubai: Al Ittihad coach Jose Luis Sierra expressed his satisfaction with his team’s performance in the 2-1 victory over Zobahan FC in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 on Monday.
After going behind to a Ghasem Haddadifar strike inside the opening 10 minutes, the two-time AFC Champions League winners came from behind to snatch a ‘home’ victory in the game held at Dubai’s Zabeel Stadium.
Goals from new signing Luis Antonio Jimenez and defender Ziyad Al Sahafi helped Sierra’s men end Zobahan’s six-game unbeaten run in the AFC Champions League.
Round of 16 - 1st Leg: Al Nassr (KSA) 1-1 Al Wahda FSCC (UAE)
Riyadh: Leonardo's 53rd minute strike helped Al Wahda FSCC of the United Arab Emirates hold Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia to a 1-1 draw in their 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie on Monday.
It was Brazilian Leonardo's ninth goal of the campaign and leaves Al Wahda well placed ahead of the return leg on August 12. Abderrazak Hamdallah had given Al Nassr the lead in the 17th minute.
The winners will go on to face either Al Duhail or Al Sadd, both of Qatar, in the quarter-finals.
Amman: Ahead of the 2019 AFC Champions League knockout stage, clubs across the Continent have been busy strengthening their squads and making managerial appointments.
As a hot summer across West Asia comes to an end, it has also been a heated season in the transfer market. The eight teams from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Islamic Republic of Iran and Qatar bolstered their ranks with exciting signings who hope to start with a bang as teams kick-off their season with the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 matches in August.
Ibaraki: Kashima Antlers will be targeting revenge when they face Guangzhou Evergrande in the quarter-finals of the 2019 AFC Champions League, with Shoma Doi determined to turn the tables on the Chinese side following elimination by the same opponents in the 2017 edition.
Doi played in both legs when Kashima slid out at the Round of 16 phase at the hands of the Chinese Super League club – and two-time AFC Champions League winners – as Antlers continued a dismal record of failing to advance to the last eight for the fourth time since 2009.
But, with their confidence since boosted by their first-ever title win last year, Doi is convinced he and his teammates can avenge that loss and keep alive their dream of claiming back-to-back AFC Champions League crowns.