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.
Group H - MD2: Yokohama F. Marinos (JPN) 4-0 Sydney FC (AUS)
Yokohama: J1 League champions Yokohama F. Marinos reaffirmed their status as AFC Champions League contenders, overwhelming Australian high-flyers Sydney FC to win 4-0 at Yokohama International Stadium on Wednesday.
Ado Onaiwu and Teruhito Nakagawa scored two goals each as Yokohama’s Australian boss Ange Posetcoglou engineered an emphatic win against his countrymen.
The win, which follows last week’s 2-1 victory away at Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, gives the Japanese club an early six-point lead at the top of Group H, although the rest of the teams all hold games in hand.
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.
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.
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.
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.