Central Asia Domestic Wrap: Action aplenty as IR Iran, Afghanistan leagues kick off
Bishkek: The wait for top-flight football came to an end as new seasons began in both Islamic Republic of Iran and Afghanistan, while league and cup competitions continued to take shape throughout the region.
Join the-AFC.com as we look at all the key moments of another significant weekend of action in Central Asian football.
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com has announced that Abahani Limited Dhaka's Sohel Rana is the winner of this week’s Goal of the Week presented by Allianz for the 2019 AFC Cup after a public vote on the AFC’s official website.
Dhaka: Head coach Mario Lemos was all praise for Abahani Dhaka Limited after the Bangladesh club secured a 4-3 win over 4.25 SC in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final on Wednesday.
It was a match which saw the lead being exchanged before Abahani looked to have secured a comfortable 4-2 win only for 4.25 to pull one back ahead of the return leg in Pyongyang next week
“It was a good match, although, not so good for my heart. It was full of ups and downs.
"When we started the match, our game plan was slightly different. We put more men at the back and put Sunday (Nwadialu) and (Kervens) Belfort upfront for the counter-attack, something that they did well.”
Inter-Zone SF 1st Leg: Abahani Limited Dhaka 4-3 4.25 SC
Dhaka: Bangladesh's Abahani Limited Dhaka will take a slim advantage into the return leg after defeating 4.25 SC of DPR Korea 4-3 in their 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final 1st Leg on Wednesday.
Showing the attacking quality that produced 12 goals in the group stage, the hosts did enough to win on the night at the Bangabandhu National Stadium but 4.25’s three away goals keep them well in contention going into next Wednesday’s second leg in Pyongyang
Sohel Rana and Choe Jong-hyok traded early wondergoals, but a quickfire brace from Abahani forward Sunday Chizoba Nwadialu looked to have the hosts on the road to a comfortable victory before 4.25 pulled back a late goal to stay within striking distance.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finals are sure to bring plenty of excitement for the Continent's football fans. Ahead of those much-anticipated ties, we have selected some of the clashes from the past editions to enjoy.
The quarter-finals were introduced in the AFC Champions League back in 2004, and since then we have witnessed some action-packed matches, particularly in recent times. the-AFC.com highlights five last eight ties that are worth reviewing and savouring.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finals are now nearly upon us as the eight remaining sides get ready to continue their quest to be crowned Continental champions.
As the first legs of four eagerly awaited contests get set to kick off on Monday, the-AFC.com has picked out one key player from each club who could light up the last eight and help fire their side towards glory.
Kuala Lumpur: The eight remaining teams in the 2019 AFC Champions League will return to action in the coming days with the first legs of the quarter-finals played between Monday and Wednesday.
Five former winners are aiming to lift the coveted trophy for the second or even third occasion, while three of the sides will look to create history and be crowned AFC Champions League winners for the first time.