Bashundhara Kings look ahead, Bengaluru left disappointed after AFC Cup exit
Male: With a vital point against India's JSW Bengaluru FC secured, head coach Oscar Bruzon is now looking at Bashundhara Kings’ next challenge in Group D of the 2021 AFC Cup.
Neither side were able to find the net in their tie at the National Football Stadium on Saturday, a result which left Bangladesh champions side Bashundhara second with four points behind India's ATK Mohun Bagan, who defeated Maziya Sports & Recreation 3-1, for their second win.
Bashundhara's fate, however, is in their own hands as they can advance to the Inter-Zone semi-final with a win against ATK Mohun Bagan on Tuesday.
Vote for your best 2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage Team: Midfielders
Kuala Lumpur: As football lovers across Asia look forward to the return of the 2021 AFC Champions League, the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who the fans consider the Best XI from this year's Group Stage.
Over the past two weeks we have seen the goalkeeper and the defendersin front of him decided, so now it's time to turn our attention to the midfield and find out who you consider the main men in the middle.
So, here are the 10 players in contention for our places in the centre of the park. Review the candidates and then select your favourite for this all-star XI in the poll below.
Lopez credits ATK Mohun Bagan's resolve for impressive AFC Cup win against Maziya S&R
Male: ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Antonio Lopez hailed his charges for their impressive comeback in the 3-1 win over Maziya Sports & Recreation on Matchday Two of the 2021 AFC Cup on Saturday.
The result meant that the Indian Super League side are one point away from a knockout stage berth after registering two wins in Group D, with their final match against Bangladesh's Bashundhara Kings on Tuesday to decide who goes through.
ATK Mohun Bagan came into the match with confidence having beaten Indian rivals JSW Bengaluru FC in their group opener but it was Maziya who took the lead through Ibrahim Aisham off a swift counter attack in the 25th minute.
Group D: Bashundhara Kings stay on course with draw, Bengaluru's AFC Cup hopes dashed
Male: A series of saves from Bashundhara Kings goalkeeper Anisur Rahman helped the Bangladesh Premier League champions earn a potentially crucial 0-0 in their 2021 AFC Cup Group D clash against JSW Bengaluru FC on Saturday.
In a match where both sides had enough chances to claim all three points, Rahman and his Bengaluru opposite Gurpreet Singh Sandhu both proved unbeatable, with Bashundhara's share of the spoils proving far more valuable in the group standings.
The result means Oscar Bruzon's side, now on four points, can advance to the knockout stage with a win against ATK Mohun Bagan on Wednesday. Bengaluru, meanwhile, are eliminated after fellow Indian side ATK Mohun Bagan defeated Maziya Sports & Recreation of the Maldives 3-1 in the group's second match later on Saturday.
Latest update on the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC confirms that the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar Final Round Group B match between China PR and Japan on September 7, 2021, will be held in Doha, Qatar.
The decision of a neutral venue was made due to the challenges faced by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) in organising its home matches in light of the travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.