Xavi praises Al Sadd for playing ‘like warriors’ in vital AFC Champions League win against Foolad Khouzestan
Riyadh: Al Sadd SC head coach Xavi had nothing but praise for his side’s performance after the Qatar champions defeated Foolad Khouzestan FC 1-0 in Group D of the AFC Champions League on Monday.
Nam Tae-hee’s 64th minute header proved the difference in their Matchday Five clash, as Al Sadd moved up to the top of the standings with 10 points.
Xavi’s charges held control of the match at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, recording nearly 60 percent of possession with 12 shots, and the legendary Spaniard was ecstatic with the vital win as a draw against Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr on Thursday will seal Al Sadd their Round of 16 berth.
Group A: Al Hilal turn on power against AGMK to get AFC Champions League campaign back on track
Riyadh: Al Hilal SFC got their 2021 AFC Champions League campaign back on track in emphatic style, eliminating Uzbekistan’s AGMK FC with a 3-0 win at Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Stadium on Tuesday.
The 4-1 loss to FC Istiklol last time out was a distant memory for Rogerio Micale’s side, who powered to victory thanks to goals from Luciano Vietto, Bafetimbi Gomis and Yasir Al Shahrani.
The three-time Asian champions have now accrued 10 points from five matches, but remain behind Istiklol - who beat Shabab Al Ahli 1-0 in Tuesday's other tie - by virtue of their head-to-head record, while AGMK’s defeat provided early confirmation of a group stage exit in their maiden AFC Champions League campaign.
Group C: Al Duhail's AFC Champions League hopes suffer setback after defeat to Al Shorta
Jeddah: Iraq’s Al Shorta SC ended a four-match losing run after beating Qatar’s Al Duhail SC 2-1 on Matchday Five of the 2021 AFC Champions League Group C on Tuesday.
With Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli Saudi FC and Esteghlal FC of the Islamic Republic of Iran playing to a 0-0 in Tuesday's late match, Al Duhail are tied on eight points with the two heading into Friday's Matchday Six.
Group C: Al Ahli Saudi, Esteghlal draw takes AFC Champions League race down to the wire
Jeddah: Al Ahli Saudi FC and Esteghlal FC played out a goalless draw at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium on Tuesday to set up a thrilling final matchday in Group C of the 2021 AFC Champions League.
A goalless draw means three teams – Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli, Al Duhail of Qatar and Islamic Republic of Iran's Esteghlal go into the final matchday with eight points to their names. Esteghlal face Al Shorta on Friday while Al Ahli’s Matchday Six game pits them against Al Duhail.
Al Anbari credits Sharjah character for comeback AFC Champions League win over Air Force Club
Sharjah: Head coach Abdulaziz Al Anbari believes his Sharjah side’s character made the difference as they came back from a goal down to beat Iraq’s Air Force Club 3-2 on Matchday Five of the 2021 AFC Champions League Group B on Monday.
Jefferson Colazos opened the scoring for the Iraqi side before Khalid Bawazir equalised for the hosts and Salem Saleh struck home to put Sharjah in front before the break. Both Colazos and Saleh scored again early in the second half to double their own tallies with Saleh’s header settling the score Sharjah’s way before the hour mark.