VAR ready for historic AFC Club Competitions debut tomorrow
Doha: Asian football history will be made tomorrow as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system marks its debut in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Club Competitions when Saudi Arabian giants Al Nassr and Al Ahli Saudi FC battle in the AFC Champions League Quarter-finals at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium at 4:40pm (Mecca) in Doha, Qatar.
Asian refereeing set new benchmarks earlier this year when the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 became the first AFC competition to successfully implement VAR across all 32 matches.
Now Asia’s premier club tournament will become the third AFC competition to embrace the latest in technology from the Quarter-finals after it was first introduced from the same stage of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
AFC Champions League (West): Four defensive players to watch in the quarter-finals
Doha: As the 2020 AFC Champions League (West) enters crunch time with four teams contesting for one place in the final, the-AFC.com looks at four defensive players whose presence could make the difference for their sides at the next stage.
The quarter-finals draw, conducted in Doha on Monday, produced two tasty encounters with Group B winners Pakhtakor facing Group C winners Persepolis FC, while the other game features a clash of fellow Saudi heavyweights Al Nassr and Al Ahli Saudi FC.
AFC Champions League (West): Four attacking players to watch in the quarter-finals
Doha: Ahead of the 2020 AFC Champions League (West) quarter-finals, the-AFC.com looks at four attacking players who have been at the heart of their respective sides’ pursuit of continental glory so far.
An all-Saudi Arabia clash between Al Nassr and Al Ahli and an encounter between Group B winners Pakhtakor and Group C winners Persepolis await on Wednesday as the four sides vie for a place in the competition’s final in December.
AFC Champions League 2020: Round of 16 Goalscorers
Doha: The 2020 AFC Champions League West Zone continues to thrill with the four Round of 16 matches providing thrills and spills as the four quarter-finalists were decided over the weekend.
As has been the case throughout the tournament, there was high drama in the Round of 16 as the eight teams gave it their all in a bid to advance to the quarter-finals, with Monday's draw in Doha pitting Al Nassr against Al Ahli Saudi FC in an all-Saudi Arabia last eight tie with Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis to face Uzbekistan's Pakhtakor on Wednesday.
AFC Champions League – Round of 16 (West): What They Said
Doha: Four teams from West Asia remain in the hunt for a place in the 2020 AFC Champions League final after the one-legged Round of 16 ties took place on Saturday and Sunday.
The quartet of Al Ahli Saudi FC, Al Nassr, Pakhtakor and Persepolis FC move on to Wednesday's quarter-finals while the Continental dream is over for another year for Al Sadd SC, Al Taawoun, Esteghlal FC and Shabab Al Ahli Dubai. Here's how those involved reflected on the weekend's action.