Suwon: Vissel Kobe star Gotoku Sakai revealed that it was some words between himself and goalscorer Kyogo Furuhashi that resulted in the late winner as the J.League side edged Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1-0 on Wednesday.
Having put five goals past Malaysia's Johor Darul Ta'zim in their AFC Champions League debut on Matchday One, it was a far different test for Vissel Kobe at Suwon World Cup Stadium with two-time Continental champions Suwon proving a tough hurdle to scale.
Indeed, a goalless stalemate looked the most likely outcome until an incisive Sakai run and cross from the left found Furuhashi sliding in to stab home in stoppage time.
Group G - MD2: Suwon Samsung Bluewings (KOR) 0-1 Vissel Kobe (JPN)
Suwon: Kyogo Furuhashi’s 90th minute strike maintained Vissel Kobe’s perfect start to their debut AFC Champions League campaign as he earned Thorsten Fink’s side a 1-0 win over Suwon Samsung Bluewings at Suwon World Cup Stadium on Wednesday.
Furuhashi’s goal in the final minute brought a positive end to what had been a frustrating evening for the Emperor’s Cup holders, who had kicked off their challenge for the continental title last week with a 5-1 win over Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim.
Neither side impressed for much of the 89 minutes before Furuhashi claimed the only goal of the game, with Vissel being made to work much harder than they had seven days earlier by a Suwon team playing their first game of the season.
Group H - MD2: Yokohama F. Marinos (JPN) 4-0 Sydney FC (AUS)
Yokohama: J1 League champions Yokohama F. Marinos reaffirmed their status as AFC Champions League contenders, overwhelming Australian high-flyers Sydney FC to win 4-0 at Yokohama International Stadium on Wednesday.
Ado Onaiwu and Teruhito Nakagawa scored two goals each as Yokohama’s Australian boss Ange Posetcoglou engineered an emphatic win against his countrymen.
The win, which follows last week’s 2-1 victory away at Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, gives the Japanese club an early six-point lead at the top of Group H, although the rest of the teams all hold games in hand.
Victory in opener a great start to the season, says Wang
Chiang Rai: Matchwinner Wang Ziming believes Beijing FC got their 2020 campaign off to the best possible start after his goal edged the Chinese side past AFC Champions League debutants Chiangrai United of Thailand on Tuesday.
Wang's close-range finish on 23 minutes was the tie's only goal in the 1-0 scoreline at The Power of Chiangrai Stadium, with Beijing FC taking home maximum points from their first Group E outing after sitting out the Matchday One games the previous week.
Popovic: Perth Glory deserved more against FC Tokyo
Tokyo: Perth Glory head coach Tony Popovic was buoyed by the performance of his side in their first-ever game in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday despite seeing them slip to a narrow 1-0 loss at the hands of FC Tokyo.
Leandro’s strike from distance eight minutes from time was all that separated the teams in the Group F clash at Tokyo Stadium, with Perth unfortunate not to leave the Japanese capital with a point.
Analysis: Pakhtakor transfer domestic dominance to ACL
Tashkent: Last year, Pakhtakor ran away with the Uzbekistan Super League title, finishing 20 points above their nearest rivals. Although it's early days in the 2020 AFC Champions League, the Tashkent side are continuing that form in Asia.
Pakhtakor have lost just once in the last 26 competitive ties and Monday's 3-0 win over Islamic Republic of Iran's Shahr Khodro was another example of just why Shota Arveladze's side have been in such fine fettle.
Emanuel: Al Ain didn’t deserve to lose to Al Nassr
Al Ain: Al Ain FC head coach Pedro Emanuel said his side's AFC Champions League 2020 Group D 2-1 defeat to Al Nassr on Tuesday was undeserved.
Omar Yaseen gave UAE's Al Ain the lead in the first half but Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr made a second-half comeback to level the tie through Mukhtar Ali before Abderazzak Hamdallah netted the winner 10 minutes before the end at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium.