Team effort secured Istiklol's historic AFC Champions League win over AGMK, says Dzhalilov
Riyadh: Manuchehr Dzhalilov attributed FC Istiklol’s historic AFC Champions League win to a collective team effort after the Tajik club beat Uzbekistan's AGMK FC 3-2 in their Group A encounter on Sunday.
In what was considered a Central Asian derby, the back-and-forth encounter at the King Fahd International Stadium saw Istiklol take the lead heading into the break after AGMK’s Jovan Djokic conceded an own goal in added time, with Dzhalilov doubling their advantage in the 55th minute with a fine header.
AGMK quickly bounced back with Zafar Polvonov reducing the deficit two minutes later, only for Muhammadjon Rahimov to reclaim Istiklol’s two-goal lead by the 80th minute. Polvonov scored his second goal of the night in the final minute, but it only served as a consolation as Istiklol walked away with all three points.
Group A: Istiklol create AFC Champions League history with win over AGMK
Riyadh: FC Istiklol sealed a historic first ever AFC Champions League win, defeating AGMK 3-2 in their Group A clash at King Fahd International Stadium on Sunday.
A Jovan Đokić own goal and a Manuchehr Dzhalilov strike had the Tajik champions 2-0 up in the match billed as the Central Asian derby, before AMGK pulled a goal back through Zafar Polvonov just before the hour mark. Muhammadjon Rahimov sealed the points for Istiklol with 10 minutes remaining, but only after they survived the nervous finale that followed Polvonov's second in the 90th minute.
The win, a first for any club from Tajikistan in Asia’s premier competition, puts Istiklol second in the group, giving them the chance to go clear on top with a win against Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal SFC on Wednesday.
Group A: Al Hilal flex muscles in AFC Champions League victory against Shabab Al Ahli Dubai
Riyadh: Al Hilal SFC secured their first 2021 AFC Champions League victory after cruising past Shabab Al Ahli Dubai 2-0 on Matchday Two action in Group A at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium on Sunday.
Bafétimbi Gomis and André Carrillo gave the 2019 AFC Champions League winners a two-goal cushion at half-time in an impressive win for the Saudi Arabia side.
The win was Al Hilal's first of the campaign after being held 2-2 by AGMK FC of Uzbekistan on Matchday One while Shabab Al Ahli's search of a first triumph continues after having opened with a 0-0 draw with Tajikistan's FC Istiklol.
Group C: Al Ahli Saudi fight back to hold Al Duhail in AFC Champions League
Jeddah: Al Ahli Saudi FC's Omar Al Soma scored in added time to cancel out Michael Olunga's opener for Al Duhail SC as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw on Matchday Two of the 2021 AFC Champions League group stage on Sunday.
The home side had lost their opening Group C match against Esteghlal by a huge scoreline while their Qatari opponents took all three points against Iraqi side Al Shorta. The two sides had to settle for a draw this time around.
Menezes: Experienced players key to Al Nassr's AFC Champions League masterclass against Al Sadd
Riyadh: Head coach Mano Menezes said Al Nassr’s experienced players played a big role in their 3-1 win over Al Sadd SC of Qatar in their 2021 AFC Champions League Group D Matchday Two tie on Saturday.
Goals from last year’s top scorer Abderazak Hamdallah and second half substitutes Abdulmajeed Al-Sulaiheem and Khalid Al-Ghannam gave 2020 semi-finalists Al Nassr their first victory of this year's campaign, having opened with a 0-0 draw against Jordan's Al Wehdat.
Qatar champions Al Sadd, meanwhile, are still seeking their first win after needing a last gasp equaliser to salvage a point against Foolad Khouzestan FC of Islamic Republic of Iran on Matchday One.
Analysis: Persepolis and Moghanlou firing on all cylinders in second consecutive AFC Champions League win
Goa: Last year's AFC Champions League finalists Persepolis FC put three past Al Rayyan on Saturday after an excellent second-half display which saw them remain top of Group E.
Inspired by former Paykan FC striker Shahriyar Moghanlou – on loan from Portuguese side CD Santa Clara – the Iranian champions made a statement of intent as they came from a goal down to defeat their Qatari opponents 3-1 at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The-AFC.com dives into some of the key takeaways from the game.