AFC Cup Bracket Challenge
– Final: Ali Ashfaq (New Radiant) vs Chan Siu Ki (South China AA)
Kuala Lumpur: After receiving hundreds of thousands of votes, the AFC Cup Bracket Challenge to find the best goal from the Continental competition from the past decade has reached its finale as Ali Ashfaq takes on Chan Siu Ki for the right to be crowned champion.
Thirty-two players from all five of the AFC's Zones began the contest more than six weeks ago and that number has now been whittled down to just two as fans voted in their masses to help Ashfaq and Chan reach the showpiece event.
The final pits South Asia against East Asia as Maldivian superstar Ashfaq's superb solo goal for Male side New Radiant in 2013 goes up against a wonderful strike by Chan for Hong Kong's South China AA in 2013.
AFC Cup Bracket Challenge
– Johor Darul Ta'zim's Safawi Rasid finishes third
Kuala Lumpur: Johor Darul Ta'zim's Safawi Rasid has emerged third in the AFC Cup Bracket Challenge after comfortably seeing off the challenge of Hanoi FC's Nguyen Quang Hai.
In a showdown between arguably the biggest talents in their respective countries, Malaysian Safawi - currently on loan at Portuguese side Portimonense - polled 70 percent of the votes against Vietnamese sensation Quang Hai.
Last gasp AFC Champions League comeback showed our desire, says Ulsan Hyundai boss Kim
Doha: Ulsan Hyundai’s dramatic injury time 2020 AFC Champions League win over Perth Glory illustrated the squad’s fierce desire to win, according to head coach Kim Do-hoon.
The K League heavyweights found themselves on the brink of defeat when Daniel Stynes put the Australians ahead in the final 20 minutes, but goals from substitutes Kim In-sung and Junior Negrao, scored in the 89th and third minute of added time respectively, made it back to back wins in Doha.
Iniesta: Being here at the end is Vissel Kobe's AFC Champions League target
Doha: Months of domestic frustration were forgotten in 90 minutes as Andres Iniesta helped Vissel Kobe to a 3-1 AFC Champions League triumph over Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday, but the former Barcelona star insists his side are just getting started.
Iniesta was at his brilliant best at Khalifa International Stadium, teeing up Kyogo Furuhashi’’s opening goal late in the first half, before making the points safe, and sending Vissel to the Round of 16 with a sweetly struck goal of his own in the 84th minute.
We’re better than this, says Guangzhou Evergrande's Cannavaro after AFC Champions League loss
Doha: Guangzhou Evergrande boss Fabio Cannavaro was left to lament his side’s lack of confidence after the Chinese powerhouse slipped to a 3-1 AFC Champions League group stage defeat against Vissel Kobe on Wednesday.
With Andres Iniesta pulling the strings, the Japanese ran away with the match at Khalifa International Stadium, leaving Guangzhou stranded on one point from two matches in Doha, and stretching their winless streak in all competitions to four.
AFC Champions League win over Sydney FC a just reward for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors’ efforts, says Morais
Doha: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors head coach Jose Morais believes his side’s 1-0 win over Sydney FC is a just reward for the players resolve in their two games since the restart to their 2020 AFC Champions League. Group H campaign.
Na Sung-eun's solitary strike was enough to bag the three points as the Korea Republic side’s defence played a huge role in keeping the clean sheet that helped them cross the line at the end, consigning Sydney FC to early elimination from the group stage.