Chan shifts Lee Man's focus to Tainan after opening AFC Cup win
Hong Kong: Head coach Chan Hiu Ming didn't celebrate for too long after Lee Man edged Eastern Long Lions in their 2021 AFC Cup Group J opener at the Hong Kong Stadium on Wednesday.
The victory in the all-Hong Kong affair means Lee Man are well on course to secure a place in the knockout stage and Chan was quick to shift his focus to his team's next match against Chinese Taipei's Tainan City, who opened their campaign with a 3-0 defeat of Mongolia’s Athletic 220.
Victory on Saturday will mean Lee Man will be well placed to progress to the knockout stage and Chan expects his team to regroup for the Tainan City challenge.
Group J: Lee Man edge Eastern Long Lions for perfect AFC Cup start
Hong Kong: Debutants Lee Man made a triumphant opening bow on the AFC Cup stage, defeating Hong Kong Premier League rivals Eastern Long Lions 1-0 in their opening Group J match on Wednesday.
A 26th-minute goal from Gil Martins settled the tie, with the Brazilian striker punishing an error from Yapp Hung Fai to hand Chan Hiu Ming’s men a milestone result.
The win takes Lee Man to second place in the group, with Saturday’s clash against leaders Tainan City likely to play a pivotal role in deciding their hopes of making knockout stage at their first attempt.
Group J: Tainan City defeat Athletic 220 to kick off AFC Cup campaign on high note
Hong Kong: Tainan City of Chinese Taipei cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Athletic 2020 FC of Mongolia in the opening match of Group J of the 2021 AFC Cup on Wednesday.
Both sides went into the game at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground in Hong Kong looking to mark their AFC Cup debuts with a victory, but it was Tainan City who dominated the proceedings from the start with Athletic 220 sitting deep and looking to hit on the counter.
Harvey proud as Kaya FC record AFC Champions League milestone
Bangkok: Kaya FC-Iloilo head coach Graham Harvey was beaming with joy after his side made history by securing their place in the 2021 AFC Champions League group stage after beating Shanghai Port FC 1-0 in the playoff on Wednesday.
Audie Menzie’s 16th minute header proved enough for the Philippines club to claim the win and advance to Group F alongside defending AFC Champions League winners Ulsan Hyundai FC, Viettel FC and hosts BG Pathum United, who they will face on Saturday in their opening match.
Teerasil excited by AFC Champions League, 'Asia's biggest club competition'
Bangkok: BG Pathum United are set to play host to Group F of the 2021 AFC Champions League and leading their line will be legendary Thai striker Teerasil Dangda.
The-AFC.com spoke exclusively with the Thailand and BG Pathum star ahead of the kick off of Group F of the 2021 AFC Champions League to discuss their opponents, home advantage and the team's goals for the continental competition and beyond.
Preview - Group J: Kitchee SC, Port FC primed for AFC Champions League face-off
Buriram: Kitchee SC head coach Alex Chu Chi-kwong will be banking on the form of his Hong Kong representative players to give his side a boost when they take on Thailand’s Port FC in their opening Group J meeting in the 2021 AFC Champions League in Buriram on Thursday.
Chu led Kitchee to their second successive Hong Kong Premier League title in May but many of his players have not been involved in a competitive fixture since the final game of the campaign, when they defeated Eastern to retain the crown.
Preview - Group J: Culpi confident of Cerezo Osaka's AFC Champions League chances ahead of Guangzhou showdown
Buriram: A decade on from leading Cerezo Osaka to the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League, Levir Culpi is confident he can secure a similar result for the Japanese club ahead of the start of their campaign in the latest edition of the continental championship.
The Brazilian coach will lead his team into their first outing in the 2021 edition of the competition on Thursday when Cerezo take on Chinese Super League side Guangzhou FC in Buriram in Group J.
The J-League club have brought a star-studded squad to Thailand for the competition and Culpi believes his side can make a similar impact to their performance in 2011, when Cerezo recorded their best-ever showing with a run to the last eight.