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.
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.
Kim demands more from Pohang Steelers despite AFC Champions League win against Ratchaburi
Bangkok: Pohang Steelers head coach Kim Gi-dong has urged his side to be more clinical in front of goal following their 2-0 victory against Thailand’s Ratchaburi FC in Group G of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Pohang secured the three points thanks to efforts from Boris Tashchy and Lim Sang-Hyub with the K-League 1 club leading the standings on goal difference after Japan’s Nagoya Grampus opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over , Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia.
Analysis: Pohang Steelers utilise wingers to outflank Ratchaburi in AFC Champions League face-off
Bangkok: Korea Republic's Pohang Steelers kicked off the 2021 AFC Champions League (East) on Tuesday with a professional performance in their 2-0 win over Ratchaburi FC of Thailand.
Despite missing one of their key players for the Continental campaign, Pohang saw off Ratchaburi with a pair of goals in each half from Borys Tashchy and Lim Sang-hyub to pick up three points at Rajamangala Stadium.
The-AFC.com dives into some of the key takeaways from the game.
Patience was key to Nagoya Grampus' AFC Champions League victory against Johor Darul Ta’zim, says Ficcadenti
Bangkok: Patience is a virtue and head coach Massimo Ficcadenti believes Japan's Nagoya Grampus were rewarded with a 1-0 victory over Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim in Group G of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday for showing composure.
Nagoya’s Hiroyoki Abe scored the only goal of the game in a tightly contested affair at the Rajamangala Stadium.
The Japanese side are second in the standings behind Korea Republic’s Pohang Steelers, who have a better goal difference following their 2-0 win over Thailand's Ratchaburi FC in the group's other tie on Tuesday.
AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 hopefuls to discover opponents in Qualifiers' Draws
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Asian Cup China Qualifiers Final Round contenders – Indonesia, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei and Guam – will discover their opponents tomorrow when the Play-off draw takes place in Kuala Lumpur at 3pm local time.
On the same day, the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers Draw will also be staged virtually at 4:30pm with 28 Member Associations (MAs) in the running to qualify for Asia’s marquee women’s national team competition, which will feature an expanded 12 teams for the first time.