Analysis: Pakhtakor transfer domestic dominance to ACL
Tashkent: Last year, Pakhtakor ran away with the Uzbekistan Super League title, finishing 20 points above their nearest rivals. Although it's early days in the 2020 AFC Champions League, the Tashkent side are continuing that form in Asia.
Pakhtakor have lost just once in the last 26 competitive ties and Monday's 3-0 win over Islamic Republic of Iran's Shahr Khodro was another example of just why Shota Arveladze's side have been in such fine fettle.
Group B - MD2: Pakhtakor (UZB) 3-0 Shahr Khodro FC (IRN)
Tashkent: An Igor Sergeev brace and a late Sherzod Azamov header helped Pakhtakor brush aside Shahr Khodro FC 3-0 to record their second consecutive win in the 2020 AFC Champions League Group A on Monday.
Shahr Khodro came into their second-ever AFC Champions League game dreaming of collecting their first point or scoring their first goal in the group stage, but at the end of the 90 minutes, they would have neither as the home side added another three points to their haul after having opened their campaign with a 2-1 win over Shabab Al Ahli Dubai last week.
Doha: Al Sadd SC head coach Xavi Hernandez praised the performance of his side in their 3-0 victory against Sepahan FC in an AFC Champions League 2020 Group D tie at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Tuesday.
After a scoreless first half, a brace from Hassan Al Haydos after Akram Afif had opened the scoring early in the second period gave Qatar's Al Sadd their first win of the competition, having played to a 2-2 draw with Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr on Matchday One.
Emanuel: Al Ain didn’t deserve to lose to Al Nassr
Al Ain: Al Ain FC head coach Pedro Emanuel said his side's AFC Champions League 2020 Group D 2-1 defeat to Al Nassr on Tuesday was undeserved.
Omar Yaseen gave UAE's Al Ain the lead in the first half but Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr made a second-half comeback to level the tie through Mukhtar Ali before Abderazzak Hamdallah netted the winner 10 minutes before the end at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium.
Victory in opener a great start to the season, says Wang
Chiang Rai: Matchwinner Wang Ziming believes Beijing FC got their 2020 campaign off to the best possible start after his goal edged the Chinese side past AFC Champions League debutants Chiangrai United of Thailand on Tuesday.
Wang's close-range finish on 23 minutes was the tie's only goal in the 1-0 scoreline at The Power of Chiangrai Stadium, with Beijing FC taking home maximum points from their first Group E outing after sitting out the Matchday One games the previous week.
Popovic: Perth Glory deserved more against FC Tokyo
Tokyo: Perth Glory head coach Tony Popovic was buoyed by the performance of his side in their first-ever game in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday despite seeing them slip to a narrow 1-0 loss at the hands of FC Tokyo.
Leandro’s strike from distance eight minutes from time was all that separated the teams in the Group F clash at Tokyo Stadium, with Perth unfortunate not to leave the Japanese capital with a point.
Arruabarrena: Shabab Al Ahli on track despite defeat to Al Hilal
Dubai: Head coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena had no complaints despite Shabab Al Ahli Dubai suffering a 2-1 defeat to defending champions Al Hilal SFC in Group B of the AFC Champions League 2020 at the Rashid Stadium on Monday.
The home side failed to hold on to their 24th minute lead through Youssef Jaber as a brace from Bafetimbi Gomis steered Al Hilal to their second win in the competition as Shabab Al Ahli suffered their second consecutive defeat.