Yoon motivated by Ulsan Hyundai's 'team to beat' tag in AFC Champions League
Bangkok: Yoon Bit-garam has insisted being the team everyone wants to beat will inspire Ulsan Hyundai FC as the holders get set to kick off their 2021 AFC Champions League campaign in Thailand on Saturday.
Having drawn their tournament opener in early 2020 prior to the onset of COVID-19, Ulsan were unstoppable when the competition resumed later in the year in Qatar, going on a record-equaling nine-game winning streak that culminated in a 2-1 victory over Persepolis FC in the final as the K League 1 side added to the continental title they won in 2012.
Yoon was an integral part of the championship-winning team, scoring four and creating a further three as he picked up the MVP award on the back of a campaign in which his performances lit up the tournament.
Group J: Damjanovic equals AFC Champions League record as Kitchee SC waltz past Port FC
Buriram: Dejan Damjanovic netted 11 minutes from time to seal a 2-0 win for Kitchee SC over Thailand’s Port FC on Thursday and become the joint-highest goal scorer in the history of the AFC Champions League.
The former Montenegro international forward’s low shot skidded under Port goalkeeper Worawut Srisupa in the 79th minute to take the former FC Seoul and Suwon Samsung Bluewings forward level on 37 goals with Korea Republic’s Lee Dong-gook.
Damjanovic’s goal guaranteed all three points for the Hong Kong Premier League champions after Roberto’s reactive volley eight minutes before halftime had given Alex Chu’s side the lead against the run of play in the Group J meeting.
Preview - Group G: Nagoya Grampus, Pohang Steelers in race for early AFC Champions League advantage
Bangkok: Japan’s Nagoya Grampus and Pohang Steelers of Korea Republic will be aiming to maintain their winning momentum when they meet in Group G of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Friday.
The two sides opened their campaigns with wins and with only the group winners assured of a place in the Round of 16, both will be eager for another three points which would see them open a gap at the top of the standings.
Nagoya worked hard to defeat Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim 1-0 on Matchday One while Pohang beat Thailand’s Ratchaburi FC 2-0.
Preview - Group H: Tampines Rovers highly motivated ahead of AFC Champions League debut against Gamba Osaka
Tashkent: Tampines Rovers are determined to do Singaporean football proud in their first AFC Champions League appearance, starting with a strong showing against 2008 winners Gamba Osaka at Lokomotiv Stadium on Friday.
The first team from the Garden City in a decade to appear on Asian club football’s greatest stage, the Stags arrived in Uzbekistan as outsiders in a group featuring two former AFC Champions League winners.
But despite their decorated Group H rivals, last year’s Singapore Premier League runners-up won't turn their backs on the freewheeling style that has made them one of Southeast Asia’s most watchable teams in 2021.
Preview - Group H: Chiangrai United relishing AFC Champions League tie with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Tashkent: Thailand’s Chiangrai United kick-off their second consecutive AFC Champions League campaign on Friday as they take on two-time winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors at Bunyodkor Stadium in Group H.
After failing to navigate the playoff stage in two attempts, Chiangrai United finally made their group stage debut last year. The campaign ended in heartbreak as they finished bottom of the group, but there were plenty of positives for the Thai side including a maiden win against Korea Republic’s FC Seoul.