ACL2020 MD2 Toyota Player of the Week: Teruhito Nakagawa
Kuala Lumpur: Yokohama F.Marinos' Teruhito Nakagawa has been named the Toyota Player of the Week for Matchday Two of the 2020 AFC Champions League.
Yokohama F. Marinos forward Teruhito Nakagawa netted a brace to help the J.League champions ease past Australia's Sydney FC 4-0 at home in Wednesday's Group H tie as the 27-year-old picked up this week's top player plaudit.
Nakagawa's two goals came from two shots on target, with his first effort, a deft chip over Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, nominated for Goal of the Week. The wide forward also created three chances for his teammates.
Suwon: Vissel Kobe star Gotoku Sakai revealed that it was some words between himself and goalscorer Kyogo Furuhashi that resulted in the late winner as the J.League side edged Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1-0 on Wednesday.
Having put five goals past Malaysia's Johor Darul Ta'zim in their AFC Champions League debut on Matchday One, it was a far different test for Vissel Kobe at Suwon World Cup Stadium with two-time Continental champions Suwon proving a tough hurdle to scale.
Indeed, a goalless stalemate looked the most likely outcome until an incisive Sakai run and cross from the left found Furuhashi sliding in to stab home in stoppage time.
Yokohama F. Marinos can only get better, warns Postecoglou
Yokohama: Ange Postecoglou sounded a warning to the rest of the teams in Group H of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Wednesday, claiming his Yokohama F Marinos side have room for improvement despite handing Sydney FC a 4-0 defeat at Yokohama International Stadium.
Ado Onaiwu and Teruhito Nakagawa scored a brace apiece as Marinos backed up their opening day Group H win over Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors with a comprehensive dismantling of the runaway Australian league leaders and Postecoglou was delighted his side claimed the goals he felt their showing deserved.
Yokohama: It’s been six years since Yokohama F. Marinos last appeared in the AFC Champions League, but judging by their performances in claiming six points from six, their return to the competition is a welcome one.
On Wednesday, Ange Postecoglou’s side followed up an away win at former champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors by dismantling Sydney FC 4-0 in Japan to move six points clear at the Group H summit.
Fatigue reason for Suwon's defeat, says head coach Lee
Suwon: Suwon Samsung Bluewings head coach Lee Lim-saeng blamed tiredness for his team’s late loss at the hands of Vissel Kobe in Group G of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Wednesday, as the two-time Continental champions lost out to Kyogo Furuhashi’s last minute goal.
The game looked destined for a 0-0 draw until Furuhashi slid in to push Gotoku Sakai’s low cross from the left past goalkeeper No Dong-geon to give Thorsten Fink’s side a second straight win in Kobe’s first-ever AFC Champions League campaign.
But while Vissel were playing their third game of the season, having won the Japanese Super Cup against Yokohama F. Marinos prior to their AFC Champions League opener against Johor Darul Ta’zim, Suwon were making their first appearance of the 2020 season leaving Lee to lament his side’s rustiness.