Suwon Samsung Bluewings, Guangzhou Evergrande battle to a stalemate in AFC Champions League showdown
Doha: A lively affair at Khalifa International Stadium delivered everything but goals as Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Guangzhou Evergrande played out a 0-0 draw in Group G of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Sunday.
Having lost their opening game against Vissel Kobe, Suwon Samsung Bluewings' chances of staying in contention hinged on avoiding defeat against a Guangzhou Evergrande side making their first appearance in the 2020 AFC Champions League.
Park rues absences, Cannavaro expresses frustration after AFC Champions League stalemate
Doha: Suwon Samsung Bluewings head coach Park Kun-ha rued the absence of key attacking players as his side failed to find the back of the net in a 0-0 draw against Guangzhou Evergrande at Khalifa International Stadium on Sunday.
Both teams collected their first point of the 2020 AFC Champions League campaign, with Guangzhou Evergrande having played one less match than their opponents.
The Koreans side now face an eight-day wait for their next game, a period during which Guangzhou Evergrande face Group G leaders Vissel Kobe of Japan twice.
Few complaints for Kim after Ulsan Hyundai issue AFC Champions League warning
Doha: Ulsan Hyundai head coach Kim Do-hoon was left with little to critique after his side convincingly outgunned Shanghai Shenhua to win 3-1 in their AFC Champions League clash on Saturday.
Appearing for the second time in Group F, and the first time in the competition’s new centralised format, the Korea Republic side were far too strong for their Chinese opponents, with Yoon Bit-garam scoring twice to take the sting out of the contest before half-time.
While Shanghai had already played and won against Perth Glory in Doha on Wednesday, Ulsan’s impressive showing came in their first fixture in Qatar, and Kim had only minor criticisms of what had been an excellent resumption of his team’s Asian campaign.
Chiangrai's Ekanit targeting 2020 AFC Champions League knockout rounds
Doha: Despite losing their opening two games in the 2020 AFC Champions League, Ekanit Panya insists that Chiangrai United still have a chance to make the knockout rounds as the Thai side get set to resume their Group E campaign against FC Seoul on Tuesday.
Chiangrai qualified for the Continental competition for the first time in their history after winning the 2019 Thai League 1 but suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses against Melbourne Victory and Beijing FC in February before the East Asia section of the tournament was brought to an eight-month halt by COVID-19.
While a long-term injury ruled the attacking midfielder out of the opening two games, the 21-year believes Chiangrai learnt plenty of lessons in defeat and will now look to put in an improved performance in Qatar, starting with the match against Seoul at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium.