Sydney's Baumjohann targeting win over Shanghai SIPG as he eyes AFC Champions League knockout stage
Doha: Sydney FC’s Alex Baumjohann is setting his sights on helping his club claim a place in the knockout rounds of the 2020 AFC Champions League as the back-to-back A-League champions gear up for Thursday’s meeting with Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.
Steve Corica’s side have already played twice in the competition this year, picking up a point in a 2-2 draw with two-time winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors after losing their opening game against Yokohama F Marinos.
And while the German conceded SIPG’s star-studded team will go into the game as favourites, he and his teammates will take confidence from their performance against the K League champions in March.
2020 AFC Champions League (East) – How it stands: Group E
Doha: There's a three-way tie at the top in the early stages of Group E, while Thai champions Chiangrai United have some work to do after two defeats from two games.
In the only group that has seen all four teams play at least one match, things are intriguingly poised, with three sides: FC Seoul of Korea Republic, Beijing FC of China PR and Australia's Melbourne Victory all on three points.
The A-League side have, however, played a game more, while Thailand's Chiangrai United have lost both of their matches so far in their debut campaign.
2020 AFC Champions League (East) – How it stands: Group F
Doha: The 2020 AFC Champions League (East) will resume on Wednesday with Australia's Perth Glory facing China PR's Shanghai Shenhua, while K League 1 runners-up Ulsan Hyundai and Japan's FC Tokyo will be in action on November 21 and 24 respectively
Only FC Tokyo have completed two rounds of matches so far and it's the Japanese capital city side who sit top of the group with four points, while Ulsan are second with one point. Perth Glory lost to FC Tokyo in their only tie to date, while Shanghai Shenhua are yet to play.
2020 AFC Champions League (East) – How it stands: Group G
Doha: Group G of the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) will be the final group to resume in Qatar when Korea Republic's Suwon Samsung Bluewings take on China PR's Guangzhou Evergrande on November 22 at Khalifa International Stadium.
With Johor Darul Ta'zim having had to withdraw because of the Malaysian government's travel restrictions due to COVID-19 and their results now classed as null and void, the group features just three teams with Japan's Vissel Kobe completing the line-up.
2020 AFC Champions League (East) – How it stands: Group H
Doha: The clash between Sydney FC and Shanghai SIPG on November 19 at Khalifa International Stadium will mark the resumption of Group H of the 2020 AFC Champions League.
As it stands the group, which also features two-time winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and 2019 J1 League champions Yokohama F. Marinos, is led by the Japanese side on six points from two games after picking up back-to-back wins.
Jeonbuk and Sydney, who have both also played two matches, sit second and third respectively on a point apiece while Shanghai had yet to start their campaign before the tournament was halted in early March.
Vote for your favourite AFC Champions League 2020 (West) player as Best XI is announced!
Kuala Lumpur: Just a few days before the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) resumes, the-AFC.com brings you the all-star team, as voted by the fans, from the 2020 (West) edition.
It will come as no surprise that a number of the Persepolis side who have reached the 2020 AFC Champions League final made the line-up after their impressive displays throughout and they are joined by five other standout performers.
Below are the 11 players voted by the public on the-AFC.com, while an XI by Stats Perform, the official statistics provider for the AFC, is also included as a comparison.
Tell us who is your favourite player from the AFC Champions League 2020 (West) in the poll at the bottom of the article.
AFC Champions League 2020: Persepolis' route to final relived
Doha: There is still everything to play for in the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) but Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis FC are one match away from laying their hands on the coveted trophy.
The Iranian champions sealed their spot in the December 19 final after a magnificent performance in the 2020 AFC Champions League (West) which was played in the centralised location of Qatar.
Having garnered just one point from their opening two matches before the tournament was halted in March by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iranian champions hardly put a foot wrong when the tournament resumed in September.
Join the-AFC.com as we relive Persepolis' journey to the AFC Champions League final, their second in three years.