Withe lauds United City performance in historic AFC Champions League win, Jankovic rues Beijing FC inexperience
Tashkent: United City FC coach Jason Withe hailed his players after they made history, recording the first-ever win for a Filipino club in the AFC Champions League after beating Beijing FC 3-2 on Thursday.
Jiang Wenhao and Leng Jixuan scored Beijing FC’s goals inside the first five minutes to leave the Filipino side chasing the game, but a big second-half performance from Withe’s men saw them bag three goals in the space of 21 minutes to turn the game around, with veteran Mark Hartmann finding the back of the net on two occasions, either side of AFC Cup all-time top scorer Bienvenido Marañon’s equaliser.
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Bangkok: Plenty of goals in which to dive in Matchday Five of the 2021 AFC Champions League (East) with a collection of crackers coming from the matches played out in the host cities of Pathum Thani, Tashkent, Buriram and Bangkok.
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Preview - Group H: Gamba Osaka’s AFC Champions League campaign on the line against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Tashkent: Saturday looms as the decisive day in Gamba Osaka’s 2021 AFC Champions League campaign, with the Japanese club requiring a win against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors to keep their knockout stage hopes alive.
While Jeonbuk have already secured their place in the Round of 16 as group winners, Gamba face an uncertain path where even three points against the K League champions may not be enough.
With a tally of nine points from a five-match campaign which was dented by two draws against Chiangrai United, a win will put Masanobu Matsunami’s side in the mix to advance as one of the best three runners-up in the East Zone, but the results in other groups will also be pivotal.
Preview - Group H: Tampines Rovers and Chiangrai United look to end AFC Champions League adventures on a high
Tashkent: Singapore’s Tampines Rovers FC and Chiangrai United of Thailand will aim conclude their 2021 AFC Champions League campaigns with a flourish as they face-off at the Lokomotiv Stadium on Matchday Six of Group H on Saturday.
Both teams had been eliminated from the competition earlier, with the Singaporean side yet to collect a point on their maiden campaign and Chiangrai United sitting third, four points adrift of second-placed Gamba Osaka.
Ulsan Hyundai’s Hinterseer calls for concentration ahead of AFC Champions League showdown with BG Pathum United
Bangkok: Three players found the back of the net as Ulsan Hyundai FC beat Viettel FC 3-0 on Thursday, and player of the match Lukas Hinterseer has urged his teammates to maintain their focus in the defending champions' bid to complete Group F of the 2021 AFC Champions League with a perfect record of six wins.
Ulsan stretched their AFC Champions League winning streak to 14 matches, sitting comfortably at the top of the group with 15 points, three ahead of Thailand's BG Pathum United.
While Ulsan are almost sure of advancing to the Round of 16 even if they were to lose to BG Pathum United on Sunday, Hinterseer wants only a win.
Lee: Daegu must pick themselves up to stay in AFC Champions League
Tashkent: Head coach Lee Byung-geun said Daegu FC will need to recover physically and mentally to reach the 2021 AFC Champions League knockout stage, after they were beaten 3-1 by Kawasaki Frontale on Thursday.
The red-hot Japanese champions were fuelled by a clinical Leandro Damiao hat-trick as they qualified for the Round of 16 as group winners, leaving Daegu with a job to do if they are to join them.
With nine points from five matches but having piled on 18 goals and conceded only six, the K League outfit are still in a strong position to qualify as one of the three best runners-up teams in the East Zone, but that possibility relies heavily on their ability to get three points against United City FC of the Philippines.
Groups finalised for AFC U23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022 Qualifiers
Tashkent: Asia’s rising stars discovered their opponents following the conclusion of the AFC U23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022 Qualifiers Draw in Tashkent on Friday.
The 42 teams were drawn into 11 groups with 15 spots available at the AFC U23 Asian Cup 2022 with Uzbekistan having already confirmed their place as hosts, the first time the tournament will be staged in the Central Zone.
The draw divided the teams into two Regions – the West Region comprising 23 West, South and Central Participating Teams as well as the East Region, which consists of 19 East and ASEAN Participating Teams.
The Qualifiers are scheduled for October 23 to 31, 2021 with the 11 group winners and four best second-placed teams sealing their qualification to the Finals.