Vissel Kobe in the way as Guangzhou Evergrande chase first 2020 AFC Champions League win
Doha: Having become the first team to reach the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) Round of 16, Vissel Kobe will look to repeat their victory against Guangzhou Evergrande when the two sides face-off at Al Janoub Stadium on Saturday.
The Japanese side put on an impressive display when the two teams met at Khalifa International Stadium on Wednesday. Kyogo Furuhashi scored in the same net either side of the halftime break before late goals from Douglas and Andres Iniesta sealed a 3-1 win for Vissel Kobe.
A 1-0 win against Suwon Samsung Bluewings in February, coupled with Johor Darul Ta’zim withdrawing from the competition, meant head coach Atsuhiro Miura’s side advanced to the knockout stage on their Continental debut, securing a top-two place in Group G.
2020 AFC Champions League (East): 5 Things To Look Out For
Doha: The group stage of the 2020 AFC Champions League East tips past the halfway point in the coming days with several teams looking to secure a place in the Round of 16, some down to their last chance and others trying to shake off midweek disappointment.
Qualification places are up for grabs in tightly contested groups as 12 of the 15 sides in the East square off for the second time this year. With six matches set to be played over two days, the-AFC.com has selected five things to look out for in the upcoming round of fixtures.
AFC Champions League (EAST) Toyota Player of the Week: Song Beom-keun
Doha: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors' Song Beom-keun has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) Toyota Player of the Week after the goalkeeper's phenomenal performance against Sydney FC on Wednesday.
The recently turned 23-year-old custodian was in superlative form making eight saves as he kept a cleansheet to help the Korean champions secure a vital three points in the Group H clash.
Bishkek: As a unique 2020 domestic football season draws to a close, the-AFC.com looks at some of the best supported clubs in the Central Asian region.
Long before their participation in Asian competition, clubs from Central Asia had developed a proud and passionate football culture. Clubs from the region played, and regularly beat, some of the most famous names in Soviet football, and the tradition has continued with some of the continent’s outstanding players emerging from the region.
But which club stirs the passion like no other? Taking into consideration factors such as on-field success and off-field interest, we have selected 10 clubs from four nations. It is now up to you to vote for your favourite club.
AFC Cup Bracket Challenge
– Final: Ali Ashfaq (New Radiant) vs Chan Siu Ki (South China AA)
Kuala Lumpur: After receiving hundreds of thousands of votes, the AFC Cup Bracket Challenge to find the best goal from the Continental competition from the past decade has reached its finale as Ali Ashfaq takes on Chan Siu Ki for the right to be crowned champion.
Thirty-two players from all five of the AFC's Zones began the contest more than six weeks ago and that number has now been whittled down to just two as fans voted in their masses to help Ashfaq and Chan reach the showpiece event.
The final pits South Asia against East Asia as Maldivian superstar Ashfaq's superb solo goal for Male side New Radiant in 2013 goes up against a wonderful strike by Chan for Hong Kong's South China AA in 2013.
AFC Cup Bracket Challenge
– Johor Darul Ta'zim's Safawi Rasid finishes third
Kuala Lumpur: Johor Darul Ta'zim's Safawi Rasid has emerged third in the AFC Cup Bracket Challenge after comfortably seeing off the challenge of Hanoi FC's Nguyen Quang Hai.
In a showdown between arguably the biggest talents in their respective countries, Malaysian Safawi - currently on loan at Portuguese side Portimonense - polled 70 percent of the votes against Vietnamese sensation Quang Hai.