Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has entered into a commercial agreement with sports media giants Dentsu Inc. to market the AFC’s commercial properties exclusively in Japan.
The agreement comprises the AFC’s major national team and club competitions, including Asia’s flagship national team competitions – the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar, the AFC Asian Cup China 2023, the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 and the Continent’s premier club competition - the AFC Champions League.
Group A: Al Hilal move top with AFC Champions League win over Istiklol
Riyadh: Al Hilal SFC boosted their chances of 2021 AFC Champions League knockout stage qualification, going three points clear of their Group A rivals with a 3-1 win against FC Istiklol at Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Stadium on Wednesday.
Hatan Bahbri starred for Rogerio Micale’s side, setting up Ali Hadi Al Buyahi’s opener before making the points safe with two goals of own, while Vahdat Hanonov scored for Istiklol in the first of two matches between the sides in four days,
The result takes Al Hilal to seven points from three matches, with Istiklol - who suffered their first defeat in the competition - joined by AGMK on four at the half-way point of the group stage.
Group C: Al Duhail edge Esteghlal in AFC Champions League thriller
Jeddah: A scintillating display of attacking talent at King Abdullah Sport City Stadium saw seven goals scored as Qatar’s Al Duhail SC emerged 4-3 winners over Islamic Republic of Iran’s Esteghlal FC on Matchday Three of the 2021 AFC Champions League Group C on Wednesday.
Both sides went into the Matchday Three encounter hopeful of extending an unbeaten record, with Al Duhail having collected four points from their opening two games and Esteghlal having earned the full six points.
Analysis: Sharjah use counter-attack to perfection in AFC Champions League win over Pakhtakor
Sharjah: The hosts extended their lead in Group B of the 2021 AFC Champions League thanks to standout performances by Caio and the Sharjah defence.
With a few highlight goals, effective synergy, and moments of magic, Sharjah strengthened their position in top spot thanks to positional discipline in a system that continues to work wonders for them. the-AFC.com looks at the key factors from the game.
Al Wahda’s ten Cate over the moon after AFC Champions League stunner against Al Rayyan
Goa: Head coach Henk ten Cate praised Al Wahda FSCC's resilience after the UAE side came from two goals down to defeat Qatar's Al Rayyan SC 3-2 in Group E of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Fares Juma's stoppage time winner secured Al Wahda their first win of the campaign, taking them to second in the group on four points, five behind leaders Persepolis who defeated FC Goa 2-1 in the other match on Tuesday.