Chan: Mental strength and team spirit Lee Man's strongest weapons in AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final
Karshi: Chan Hiu Ming believes Hong Kong side Lee Man FC have already made history by reaching the 2021 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final, but the head coach is still hoping to cause a major upset when his team face Uzbekistan's FC Nasaf on Wednesday.
It appears a mismatch on paper with FC Nasaf, founded in 1986, boasting a rich domestic and continental history that includes an AFC Cup title, multiple campaigns in the AFC Champions League and a semi-final appearance at the 2002 Asian Club Championship facing off against a Lee Man a side who came together in 2017.
Nevertheless, these two vastly contrasting clubs have reached the penultimate stage of the 2021 AFC Cup. Ahead of the clash with the 2011 winners at Markaziy Stadion, the-AFC.com spoke with the 46-year-old Chan, a former Macau national team coach, about his side's chances of continental glory.
Emanuel revels in Al Nassr victory as Al Wahda's Ten Cate rues missed chances
Riyadh: Head Coach Pedro Emanuel reveled in the atmosphere as his Al Nassr side defeated Al Wahda FSCC 5-1 in front of a full crowd at King Saud University Stadium on Saturday to reach the 2021 AFC Champions League semi-finals.
The match was the first club game to see 100% attendances allowed as Saudi Arabia eased COVID-19 restrictions, and Al Nassr rewarded their fans with a fine attacking display, brushing aside their opponents to set up a semi-final date with fierce rivals Al Hilal who defeated Persepolis FC later in the day.
Jardim hails 'fantastic' Al Hilal, Persepolis' Golmohammadi apologises for defeat
Riyadh: Al Hilal SFC head coach Leonardo Jardim hailed his side’s display as they brushed aside Persepolis FC 3-0 to reach the 2021 AFC Champions League semi-finals on Saturday.
A second-half brace from Bafetimbi Gomis added to Salem Al Dawsari’s fine strike in the first half to help the 2019 champions set up a clash with domestic rivals Al Nassr on Tuesday with a place in the final at stake.
Ulsan Hyundai edge Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors to keep title defence on track
Jeonju: Substitute Lee Dong-gyeong took defending champions Ulsan Hyundai into the semi-finals of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Sunday with a spectacular extra-time strike to hand Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors a 3-2 defeat in a thrilling quarter-final at Jeonju Stadium.
Hong Myung-bo’s side will face Pohang Steelers in Wednesday’s semi-final at Jeonju Stadium after the three-time Asian champions handed Japan’s Nagoya Grampus a 3-0 defeat in the day’s first quarter-final.
Pohang Steelers make semis after second half power show against Nagoya Grampus
Jeonju: FC Pohang Steelers advanced to the semi-finals of the 2021 AFC Champions League for the first time in 12 years on Sunday as Lim Seung-hyub scored twice either side of an effort from Lee Seung-mo as Kim Gi-dong’s side went through to the last four with a 3-0 win over Nagoya Grampus at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium.
Pohang, who last reached the semi-final stage on their way to winning the 2009 title, saw off a Nagoya side who had finished above them in the group phase of the competition but who had no answer to the K-League side’s second half showing.
A point-blank save from Pohang goalkeeper Lee Jun, making his first-ever appearance in the AFC Champions League, 12 minutes before the break kept the scores level while Lim put Kim’s side in front eight minutes after the restart. Lee Seung-mo doubled the lead with 20 minutes left and Lim scored a spectacular third deep into injury time.
Pohang will now take on either defending champions Ulsan Hyundai or Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the semi-final on Wednesday with the pair due to meet later on Sunday.
Gustavsson names Australia squad for Brazil friendlies
Sydney: Head coach Tony Gustavsson has named a well-balanced squad for Australia's friendlies against Brazil next week as the Matildas kick off their preparations for the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 and FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.
Set to be in action on home soil for the first time in almost 600 days, Australia will host World Number 7 Brazil in Sydney with the matches to be played on October 23 and 26.