Kuala Lumpur: Paulo Josue is confident Kuala Lumpur City can reach the AFC Cup™ 2022 final in their debut season after seeing off Indonesia’s PSM Makassar 5-2 in the ASEAN Zonal final at the Kuala Lumpur Stadium on Wednesday.
The Brazilian produced a captain’s performance, scoring a brace to steer Kuala Lumpur to the Inter-Zone Semi-Finals.
Hodak praises five-star KL City; Tavares laments off day
Kuala Lumpur: Head coach Bojan Hodak was full of praise for his Kuala Lumpur City charges following their 5-2 victory over Indonesia’s PSM Makassar in the AFC Cup™ 2022 ASEAN Zonal Final at the Kuala Lumpur Stadium on Wednesday.
The Malaysian side led 3-0 but PSM threatened a comeback after scoring twice but Kuala Lumpur put the game to bed with further goals from Paulo Josue and Hadin Azman.
Dubai: In an exceptional season that will see a long winter break for FIFA World Cup™ Qatar 2022 participants, the Saudi Pro League is set to kick off on Thursday with Matchday One scheduled to take place over three days.
Reigning Saudi and Asian champions Al Hilal SFC kick-off their title defence on Thursday against newly-promoted Al Khaleej, while 2021/22 King’s Cup champions Al Faiha get the season underway earlier on the same day against last season’s surprise package Damac.
Preview - SF (East): Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC (KOR) v Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN)
Saitama: Urawa Red Diamonds head coach Ricardo Rodriguez has called for another high-intensity display from his players when they take on Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC in the semi-final of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 (East) at Saitama Stadium 2002 on Thursday.
Rodriguez’s side go into the clash off the back of comprehensive wins over Johor Darul Ta’zim and BG Pathum United and the Spaniard is expecting more of the same against the K League 1 side, with a place in February’s final the prize for the victorious outfit.
Saitama: The East Zone of AFC Champions League™ 2022 has reached its climax with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of Korea Republic and Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds set to battle it out in what promises to be an intense clash.
Both clubs have faced each other several times in the AFC Champions League and are now aiming to go one step closer to clinching a third continental title.
Ahead of Thursday’s semi-final, the-AFC.com picks three players from each side who could shape the fortunes of their team.
Saitama: It will be a clash between two sides who have both won the AFC Champions League™ twice when Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC and Urawa Red Diamonds square off in the East semi-final of the 2022 edition on Thursday.
While Japan's Urawa have been in swashbuckling form in the knockout stage, Jeonbuk needed extra-time in both their Round of 16 and quarter-final ties to advance to the semi-final.
Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at some interesting facts and stats ahead of the semi-final, which will be the seventh meeting in the AFC Champions League between these two giants of Asian club football.