Tokyo: Urawa Red Diamonds’ head coach Tsuyoshi Otsuki is hoping his side can take inspiration from the club’s 2017 AFC Champions League-winning campaign to see off Shanghai SIPG as the J.League side attempt to take another step towards a record third Continental crown.
Urawa, who won last season’s Japan's Emperor’s Cup to qualify for the 2019 AFC Champions League, face Vitor Pereira’s side in the first leg of their last eight clash in Shanghai on August 27 knowing the last 18 months have been a difficult period for the two-time champions.
In the season-and-a-half since Urawa captured their second AFC Champions League – which came a decade after their first – the club has experienced significant upheaval.
Kuala Lumpur: The four remaining places in the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finals were confirmed last week after the conclusion of the Round of 16 in the West.
The competition will resume in just over a week's time as the eight remaining sides continue their quests to be crowned Continental champions, but before looking ahead to the latter stages, take a look back at the-AFC.com's Week in Numbers.
ACL 2019 Allianz Goal of the Week: Giuliano (Al Nassr)
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com has announced that Al Nassr's Giuliano is the winner of this week’s Goal of the Week presented by Allianz for the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 second legs in the West.
ACL 2019 Round of 16 Second Leg – West: Toyota Player of the Week
Kuala Lumpur: Romarinho has been named as the Toyota Player of the Week after the striker scored twice in Al Ittihad’s 4-3 victory over Zobahan on Monday to help his side advance to their first AFC Champions League quarter-finals since 2014 following a 6-4 aggregate win.
With Al Ittihad already 2-1 up, the Brazilian showed a goalscorer’s instinct to tuck home from close in on 64 minutes to effectively kill the tie off, before he added his brace six minutes later by finishing off a neat team move.
The 28-year-old’s goals came from four shots and three on target, while his passing accuracy was just under 85 percent as he earned a rating of 8.9.
Romarinho, who will return to the quarter-finals for the first time since reaching the last eight with Qatar’s El Jaish in 2016, now has five goals to his name in the 2019 AFC Champions League.
Riyadh: Al Hilal SFC head coach Razvan Lucescu admitted his side were not at their best in Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to rivals Al Ahli Saudi FC in the second leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16.
Abdulfattah Asiri’s 42nd minute strike was the difference at the final whistle at King Saud University Stadium, but a 4-2 victory in Jeddah a week earlier ensured Al Hilal progressed to the quarter-finals for the seventh time in their history.
Doha: Al Sadd head coach Xavi expressed his delight after the Qatar Stars League champions sealed a place in the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Al Sadd saw off the challenge of Qatar rivals Al Duhail, scoring a 3-1 win in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie to advance 4-2 on aggregate.
Strikes by Akram Afif, Abdelkarim Hassan and an own goal by Ahmed Yasser secured Al Sadd the win but Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi said it was a team effort that took Al Sadd to a quarter-final tie against Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr.