Yoshida: Win over Marinos will spark Vissel Kobe revival
Saitama: Takayuki Yoshida is confident Vissel Kobe’s surprise 3-2 win over Yokohama F Marinos in the Round of 16 of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 will give his players a much-needed boost for what remains of the competition and going into the rest of the domestic season.
Kobe have struggled in the J1 League so far this season and are currently 24 points adrift of Marinos in the standings, but Yoshida’s side shrugged off that difference to knock Kevin Muscat’s side out of the continental championship.
Goals from Nanasei Iino, Daiju Sasaki and Yutaro Oda earned Kobe a famous win and takes the 2020 semi-finalists into Saturday’s draw for the last eight.
Kim hails resilient players after late drama takes Jeonbuk through
Saitama: Head coach Kim Sang-sik applauded his players after Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors struck late to score a 2-1 win over Daegu FC to book a spot in the AFC Champions League™ 2022 (East) quarter-finals on Thursday.
In a meeting between two Korea Republic side, Song Min-kyu gave Jeonbuk the lead under sweltering conditions at the Urawa Komaba Stadium but Zeca's equaliser forced extra-time.
Substitute Kim Jin-gyu, however, scored in added time at the end of the additional 30 minutes to secure two-time champions Jeonbuk an AFC Champions League last eight spot for the 10th time.
Saitama: Vissel Kobe ripped up the form book to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 on Thursday as the J1 League strugglers handed compatriots Yokohama F. Marinos a 3-2 defeat at Saitama Stadium 2002.
Kobe, currently third from bottom of the J1 standings, claimed a comprehensive win over the Japanese league leaders with goals from Nanasei Iino, Daiju Sasaki and Yutaro Oda sealing the deal for Takayuki Yoshida’s side as Marinos miss out on the last eight once again.
Saitama: A tight affair at the Urawa Komaba Stadium went all the way to extra time between Daegu FC and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors before ending 2-1 in Jeonbuk’s favour as they progressed to the AFC Champions League™ 2022 quarter-finals on Thursday.
Jeonbuk's Song Min-kyu first opened the scoring at the start of the second half, only for Zeca to equalise in the 56th minute, which pushed the game into extra time. Then substitute Kim Jin-gyu scored in stoppage time at the end of the added 30 minutes to seal a 2-1 win for the two-time champions.
Preview - RO16: Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS) v Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN)
Saitama: Johor Darul Ta'zim are relishing the opportunity of taking on Urawa Red Diamonds when the two sides clash in the AFC Champions League™ 2022 Round of 16 on Friday.
While Japan's Urawa are not only two-time champions but regular participants in the knockout stages of the continental showpiece, JDT will be appearing at this stage of the tournament for the first time and the Malaysian side are determined to extend their journey.
Preview - RO16: BG Pathum United (THA) v Kitchee SC (HKG)
Saitama: BG Pathum United head coach Makoto Teguramori has set his sights on taking the Thai League 1 side into uncharted territory on Friday when they face Hong Kong’s Kitchee SC in the Round of 16 of the AFC Champions League 2022™at Urawa Komaba Stadium.
The club from Pathum Thani are appearing in the knockout phase for the second season in a row but, after falling to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors at the same stage last year, the Japanese coach is determined to lead BG Pathum United into the quarter-finals this time around.
Preview - RO16: Vissel Kobe (JPN) v Yokohama F. Marinos (JPN)
Saitama: Andres Iniesta, Yuya Osako and Yoshinori Muto could all play a part in Vissel Kobe’s AFC Champions League™ 2022 Round of 16 clash with Yokohama F, Marinos on Thursday after coach Takayuki Yoshida revealed the trio had trained ahead of the meeting at Saitama Stadium.
Spanish World Cup winner Iniesta has played just once in the league – in a 3-0 loss against Cerezo Osaka on August 6 – since the middle of last month but the club’s interim coach is confident the 38-year-old is fit enough to be involved against Kevin Muscat’s side.
Preview - RO16: Daegu FC (KOR) v Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC (KOR)
Saitama: It will be a match-up between two hurting teams when Korea Republic sides Daegu FC and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC meet in the AFC Champions League™ 2022 Round of 16 (East) on Thursday.
Jeonbuk's bid for a sixth consecutive K League 1 title suffered a setback on the weekend with Kim Sang-sik's side going down 3-1 to Incheon United to trail leaders Ulsan Hyundai FC by six points.
Daegu are in a more dire situation, as their 4-1 defeat to Ulsan on Saturday was their fourth consecutive loss, leading to head coach Alexendra Gama stepping down with Choi Won-kwon taking over in a caretaker role.