Group D: Bashundhara Kings defeat Maziya to signal AFC Cup intent
Male: Bangladesh champions Bashundhara Kings made a winning start to their 2021 AFC Cup campaign, easing to a 2-0 win over Maziya Sports & Recreation Club of the Maldives in their opening Group D clash on Wednesday.
An own goal from Maziya skipper Mohamed Irufaan broke the deadlock before classy winger Robinho doubled the tally before half-time as Bashundhara joined India's ATK Mohun Bagan at the top of the group standings.
Returning to the continental stage after their AFC Cup debut fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Bashundhara will advance to the knockout stage as South Zone winners should they win their two remaining matches in the group over the next week.
Bashundhara's Bruzon delighted with perfect AFC Cup start, Vidokavic vows Maziya will fight on
Male: Head coach Oscar Bruzon was glad to have secured an early advantage after Bashundhara Kings opened their 2021 AFC Cup Group D campaign with a 2-0 win over Maziya Sports & Recreation on Wednesday.
Mohamed Irufaan's own goal and a sublime effort by Robson da Silva, popularly known as Robinho, saw the Bangladesh champions securing all three points at the National Football Stadium to share top spot with ATK Mohun Bagan, who beat JSW Bengaluru FC in the day’s earlier match.
Raso joins Manchester City, West Ham secure Hasegawa
Manchester: Australian women’s national team star Hayley Raso has put pen to paper with FA Women’s Super League giants Manchester City, while Japanese international Yui Hasegawa has joined West Ham United.
Raso, 26, joins Manchester City on a two-year deal, having spent the last 18 months with Everton, while Hasegawa, 24, has also signed on for two seasons.
2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage – 5 of the Best: Volleys & Half-Volleys
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com's '5 of the Best' spotlight on 2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage action this week highlights some special strikes from the matches in Jeddah, Goa, Pathum Thani and Bangkok.
After taking in some of the most mesmerising solo goals last week, we turn our attention to volleys and half-volleys to recall some of the fine strikes the 2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage witnessed.
Some of our selection have been caught on the bounce, while others have been struck without the ball touching the ground, but what cannot be argued is that all five are worthy of enjoying again and again.
Son Heung-min, Kyogo Furuhashi and more – Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week
Kuala Lumpur: A new European football season is up and running, and some of Asia’s big names are already at the forefront after a series of outstanding performances.
Stars from Japan, Korea Republic, Islamic Republic of Iran and Australia are all featured in the first edition of the new season of our weekly look at Asia’s best performers outside the continent, with our 10 nominees combining for nine goals between them.
Study our list of contenders – based on matches from August 11 to 17 – and don’t forget to cast your vote.