Kuwait's Bader Al Mutawa makes most-capped player history
Doha: Kuwait’s FIFA Arab Cup qualifier against Bahrain on Friday was a hugely significant fixture as it was also the game that finally allowed Kuwaiti forward Bader Al Mutawa to become the most-capped player in the history of men’s football.
Earlier this month, during Kuwait’s unsuccessful attempt to reach the third round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Al Mutawa won his 184th cap to tie the record of Egyptian legend Ahmed Hassan, set on 22 May 2012 against Togo.
We look back at the impressive career of Al Mutawa, who has finally surpassed his Egyptian rival and set a new appearances’ record for international men’s football.
Group G: Johor Darul Ta'zim edge Ratchaburi to get AFC Champions League bid back on track
Bangkok: Johor Darul Ta'zim registered their first win of the 2021 AFC Champions League, edging Thailand's Ratchaburi FC 1-0 in a Group G tie at the Rajamangala Stadium on Friday.
Leandro Velazquez’s second half strike was enough to give Benjamin Mora’s side all three points as Johor Darul Ta'zim sit second in Group G with three points, ahead of Korea Republic’s Pohang Steelers on goal difference.
Group H: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors hold off Chiangrai United to kick off AFC Champions League hunt
Tashkent: Two-time champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors started their 2021 AFC Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win over Thailand’s Chiangrai United in an entertaining clash on the opening day of Group H of the competition at Bunyodkor Stadium on Friday.
The win took Jeonbuk level on points with Japan's Gamba Osaka - who defeated Singapore's Tampines Rovers earlier on Friday.
Group H: Gamba Osaka's AFC Champions League challenge off to a flying start with win over Tampines Rovers
Tashkent: Gamba Osaka celebrated their return to the AFC Champions League with a win, prevailing 2-0 in their opening Group H match against Singapore’s Tampines Rovers at Lokomotiv Stadium on Friday.
Goals either side of half time from Brazilian forwards Patric and Leandro Pereira settled the tie, denying Tampines a share of the spoils in the first AFC Champions League outing in the club's history.
Secured against a backdrop of indifferent domestic form, Gamba’s win boosts their chances of returning to the knockout stage, an achievement they last managed in 2015.
Preview - Group I: Kawasaki Frontale, Daegu FC targeting triumphant start to AFC Champions League campaigns
Tashkent: The 2021 AFC Champions League Group I gets underway with a fiery Matchday One as J-League champions Kawasaki Frontale take on Korea Republic’s Daegu FC at the Lokomotiv Stadium on Saturday.
Having never faced each other before, the two sides are in a rich vein of form going into the competition with the Kawasaki-based side having gone unbeaten in all competitions since November 2020, which was also the last time they failed to score a goal. Their Daegu-based opponents have not lost a match since mid-April.