Ulsan Hyundai's Record Breakers: A look back at an unprecedented 12-game AFC Champions League winning run
Kuala Lumpur: Ulsan Hyundai's 3-0 victory over Kaya FC-Iloilo on Friday saw the holders claim a record 12th AFC Champions League win in a row as the class of 2020-21 beat the side's own previous best of 11, set back in 2012-2014.
The hot streak began in November 2020 and shows no sign of slowing up just yet as the Horang-i boast three wins from three in Group F of the 2021 edition, and they will be confident they can maintain a perfect record in a group that they are strong favourites to win.
In what is an unprecedented run that started under Kim Do-hoon and is being carried on by Hong Myung-bo, the-AFC.com looks back on Ulsan's superb achievement.
Group F: Ulsan Hyundai defeat Kaya FC-Iloilo to set new AFC Champions League win record
Bangkok: Ulsan Hyundai FC kept their perfect record in Group F of the 2021 AFC Champions League after beating Kaya FC-Iloilo 3-0 on Friday.
The win meant the defending champions broke their own AFC Champions League's longest winning record as they took their tally to 12 consecutive victories stretching back to last season, beating their own previous best of 11 triumphs set in 2012-2014.
Group F: BG Pathum United beat Viettel FC to keep AFC Champions League hopes alive
Bangkok: BG Pathum United scored a crucial 2-0 win over Viettel FC in Group F to boost their hopes of advancing to the 2021 AFC Champions League Round of 16 on Friday.
Goals by Thitipan Puangchan and Chaowat Veerachat secured Thailand's BG Pathum United their second win as they moved three points clear of Vietnam champions Viettel with Ulsan Hyundai FC of Korea Republic leading the standings on nine points.
Group I: Kawasaki Frontale show class in emphatic AFC Champions League victory over United City FC
Tashkent: Kawasaki Frontale continued their march towards the AFC Champions League knockout stage, registering a comprehensive 8-0 win over United City FC at Lokomotiv Stadium on Friday.
Kept at bay for the much of the first half, Toru Oniki’s men ultimately made light work of their Flipino opponents with Kento Tachibaada netting a hat-trick and Karoru Mitoma a brace while Ryota Ohshima, Leandro Damiao and Yasuto Wakizaka also got their names on the scoresheet.
Kawasaki have now netted a remarkable 18 goals in their three consecutive wins, putting them firmly in pole position to win Group I, while United City are all but out of the running with just one point to their name at the halfway mark of the group stage.
Preview - Group J: Refreshed Cerezo Osaka ready to run AFC Champions League race against Port FC
Buriram: Levir Culpi is confident his Cerezo Osaka players are fresh and ready to take on the second half of the schedule in Group J of the 2021 AFC Champions League after making wholesale alterations to his starting line-up for the J-League club’s previous meeting with Port FC.
The teams meet again on Saturday after Culpi made 10 changes for their first meeting on Wednesday, which ended in a 1-1 draw, but the Brazilian believes the break from a hectic run of matches will have his key performers ready to push for a place in the knockout rounds.
Preview - Group J: Chu expects a sharper Kitchee SC in second AFC Champions League meeting with Guangzhou FC
Buriram: Huang Yang is expected to return to the Kitchee SC midfield for their AFC Champions League meeting with Guangzhou FC on Saturday as the Hong Kong Premier League champions look to maintain their push for a place in the knockout rounds of this year’s competition.
The club captain missed the first meeting with the Chinese side on Wednesday after picking up yellow cards in each of Kitchee’s first two games but will be available for selection as coach Alex Chu Chi-kwong looks to build on the six points already collected in Group J.