Azmoun, Son, Shomorudov & Ji: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: It was the week where Asia’s superstars showed the rest of the world precisely what they are capable of.
In arguably the best collection of performances from Asian players outside the continent all season, some of the region’s biggest names lived up to their star billing with dazzling displays.
With title-winning hat-tricks, Champions League semi-final volleys and star turns in the Premier League and Serie A just part of the story, the competition this week – based on performances from April 29 to May 4 – is fierce. Study our list of contenders, choose wisely and don’t forget to register your vote.
2021 AFC Champions League (West): The Stats Leaders
Kuala Lumpur: With the first stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League (West) concluded, the-AFC.com takes a closer look at the numbers that caught the eye following the six rounds of group stage fixtures.
From high-scoring forwards to those that create the goals and win the ball back, we shine the spotlight on the players whose statistics stood out as the continental competition got underway in West Asia.
Central & South Asia Wrap: Alga stake Kyrgyz Premier League claim, Cup surprises in IR Iran and Uzbekistan
Bishkek: FC Alga’s bid for a surprise Kyrgyz Premier League title continues to gather steam, particularly after their main challengers held each other to a draw, while Cup football in Islamic Republic of Iran and Uzbekistan produced surprising results in both countries.
Elsewhere, FC Khujand made the most of FC Istiklol’s absence to surge to the top of the table in Tajikistan, while Bashundhara Kings were dominant as league action returned to Bangladesh.
Join the-AFC.com as we bring you all the key news and results from Khujand to Khorramabad.
ASEAN Wrap: Western Sydney overcome city rivals in derby
Kuala Lumpur: Scott McDonald scored the decisive goal as Western Sydney Wanderers claimed bragging rights by defeating Sydney FC 3-2 on Saturday, while Melbourne City are now three points clear at the A-League summit after a 3-1 win over Newcastle Jets.
For the second successive week, Johor Darul Ta'zim failed to pick up all three points in Malaysia, allowing Kedah and Penang to close the gap, and the title race in Vietnam is heating up with just three points separating Hoang Anh Gia Lai and Viettel.
Join the-AFC.com as we review the best of the action from around Southeast Asia.
East Asia Wrap: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors drop points as Ulsan Hyundai close the gap
Hong Kong: A shock 1-1 draw with Jeju United saw defending Korean champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors' title defence take a misstep as rivals Ulsan Hyundai's win over Gwanju sees them cut the lead to four points.
As well as a full set of domestic match fixtures from China PR and Japan's top flights, there was league action in Hong Kong, Macau and Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we review the action from across East Asia.
Kuala Lumpur: After six rounds of fixtures the curtain has come down on the group stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League (West), with eight sides advancing to the knockout rounds and 12 teams exiting the competition.
With some continental giants falling at the first hurdle and others scraping through in dramatic fashion, the-AFC.com looks back at what those involved had to say following an exhilarating two days' of action.