AFC Champions League™ 2022: Milestones and Numbers
Kuala Lumpur: With 114 matches taking place in a little over three weeks in the AFC Champions League™ 2022 group stage there is plenty to reflect upon as Asia’s premier club competition takes a break before the knockout rounds are held later this year and early 2023.
Familiar faces returned to continue their hot streaks in the AFC Champions League, while a number of sides broke new ground for their countries in the tournament. We highlight some of the most notable achievements from another enthralling group stage campaign.
F Marinos' Muscat, Jeonbuk's Kim satisfied with final finish
Ho Chi Minh City: Yokohama F Marinos head coach Kevin Muscat and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors counterpart Kim Sang-sik expressed satisfaction with their respective teams after playing to a 1-1 draw in Group H of the AFC Champions League™ on Sunday.
The result meant F Marinos finished top on 13 points, one ahead of Jeonbuk who had, however, already confirmed their Round of 16 spot ahead of the match.
Buriram: Alex Chu applauded his players after Kitchee SC booked their AFC Champions League™ Round of 16 ticket for the first time, playing out a 2-2 draw with Group J winners Vissel Kobe at the Buriram Stadium on Sunday.
The Hong Kong champions came from behind twice, scoring late equalisers in either half to earn the hard-earned point which sealed their spot in the next stage.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai eye return after AFC Champions League heroics
Ho Chi Minh: Forward Nguyen Van Toan and head coach Kiatisuk Senamuang vowed that Hoang Anh Gia Lai will be back in next year's AFC Champions League™ after the Vietnamese side concluded this year's campaign with a 1-0 win over Sydney FC on Sunday.
Making a return to the AFC Champions League after a 16-year absence, HAGL won many admirers with their never-say-die attitude as they finished with five points, claiming four of those against Sydney and the fifth from Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.
Group H: Yokohama F Marinos finish top after stalemate with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Ho Chi Minh City: Japan’s Yokohama F Marinos confirmed themselves as winners of Group H of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 on Sunday as a 1-1 draw with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in Ho Chi Minh meant both teams advanced to the Round of 16.
Kevin Muscat’s side claimed top spot in the group with 13 points, one ahead of a Jeonbuk side who secured a runners-up berth in the next round of the competition with the result ending Melbourne City’s slim hopes of taking one of the second place spots.