Yamaguchi strike steers Vissel Kobe to Japan Super Cup
Saitama: Hotaru Yamaguchi scored the decisive penalty as Vissel Kobe claimed the Super Cup for the first time in the club’s history with a 3-2 penalty shoot-out win over J.League champions Yokohama F Marinos at Saitama Stadium in Japanese football’s season opener on Saturday.
Yamaguchi’s successful spot-kick came after the game had ended in a 3-3 draw at the conclusion of 90 minutes and a string of missed penalties from both sides took the shoot-out deep into sudden death.
Kobe, who take on Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday, never trailed throughout the course of the game and add the Super Cup to the Emperor’s Cup title they won at the end of last season.
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Ahead of the 2020 AFC Champions League group stage kicking-off on Monday, the-AFC.com looks at some of the biggest names signed over the past few months who could make the difference for their new clubs in the continental competition.
Kuala Lumpur: With the group stage of the 2020 AFC Champions League kicking off on Monday, the-AFC.com has selected eight young stars to look out for in the coming weeks and months.
From Continental champions to scorers of great goals and title-winning starlets – all of whom are 21 or under – there’s plenty to get excited about with the talent that will be on display during Asia’s biggest club competition.
Kuala Lumpur: As the 32 sides get set to battle it out for the title of Asia's club kings from February 10, goals will be the most valuable currency. The-AFC.com looks at 10 target men who will have eyes on becoming the 2020 AFC Champions League's most prolific.
Al Hilal's Baftembi Gomis earned himself the top scorer award in 2019 with 11 goals. But with several exciting attackers involved in this year's competition, the goals race is set to be even more heated.
Gomis returns but alongside him below are a selection of leading candidates who could take the mantle from the Frenchman in 2020.
Kuala Lumpur: Ahead of the kick-off of the 2020 AFC Champions League, the-AFC.com reflects on 10 years of excellence in Asia's most prestigious club competition and offers the Continent's fans the opportunity to select the team they feel has performed the best.
While the past 10 years may have seen nine different champions, a number of clubs have continually been in contention for the AFC Champions League title. We've chosen five heavyweights, now all that's left is for you to review our selection and cast your vote at the bottom of the article.
Vissel Kobe seal debut ACL appearance with Emperor's Cup win
Tokyo: Vissel Kobe were crowned Emperor's Cup champions for the first time on Wednesday, inaugurating the new National Stadium with a 2-0 victory over Kashima Antlers following a pair of fortunate goals.
The star-studded club took the lead off an own goal by Kashima defender Tomoya Inukai in the 18th minute, then doubled the advantage when the ball ricocheted into the net off striker Noriaki Fujimoto 20 minutes later.