East Asia Wrap: Suwon Samsung Bluewings stun Ulsan Hyundai
Hong Kong: In a result that could have ramifications for the K League 1 season, title contenders Ulsan were beaten 3-0 by Suwon Samsung Bluewings, while the top two in Japan also dropped points.
As well as a full set of domestic match fixtures from the Korea Republic and Japan top flights, there was league action in Hong Kong, Macau and Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we review the action from across East Asia.
Group A: Al Hilal flex muscles in AFC Champions League victory against Shabab Al Ahli Dubai
Riyadh: Al Hilal SFC secured their first 2021 AFC Champions League victory after cruising past Shabab Al Ahli Dubai 2-0 on Matchday Two action in Group A at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium on Sunday.
Bafétimbi Gomis and André Carrillo gave the 2019 AFC Champions League winners a two-goal cushion at half-time in an impressive win for the Saudi Arabia side.
The win was Al Hilal's first of the campaign after being held 2-2 by AGMK FC of Uzbekistan on Matchday One while Shabab Al Ahli's search of a first triumph continues after having opened with a 0-0 draw with Tajikistan's FC Istiklol.
Group A: Istiklol create AFC Champions League history with win over AGMK
Riyadh: FC Istiklol sealed a historic first ever AFC Champions League win, defeating AGMK 3-2 in their Group A clash at King Fahd International Stadium on Sunday.
A Jovan Đokić own goal and a Manuchehr Dzhalilov strike had the Tajik champions 2-0 up in the match billed as the Central Asian derby, before AMGK pulled a goal back through Zafar Polvonov just before the hour mark. Muhammadjon Rahimov sealed the points for Istiklol with 10 minutes remaining, but only after they survived the nervous finale that followed Polvonov's second in the 90th minute.
The win, a first for any club from Tajikistan in Asia’s premier competition, puts Istiklol second in the group, giving them the chance to go clear on top with a win against Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal SFC on Wednesday.
Group C: Al Ahli Saudi fight back to hold Al Duhail in AFC Champions League
Jeddah: Al Ahli Saudi FC's Omar Al Soma scored in added time to cancel out Michael Olunga's opener for Al Duhail SC as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw on Matchday Two of the 2021 AFC Champions League group stage on Sunday.
The home side had lost their opening Group C match against Esteghlal by a huge scoreline while their Qatari opponents took all three points against Iraqi side Al Shorta. The two sides had to settle for a draw this time around.
Analysis: Persepolis and Moghanlou firing on all cylinders in second consecutive AFC Champions League win
Goa: Last year's AFC Champions League finalists Persepolis FC put three past Al Rayyan on Saturday after an excellent second-half display which saw them remain top of Group E.
Inspired by former Paykan FC striker Shahriyar Moghanlou – on loan from Portuguese side CD Santa Clara – the Iranian champions made a statement of intent as they came from a goal down to defeat their Qatari opponents 3-1 at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The-AFC.com dives into some of the key takeaways from the game.
Khatibi, Al Anbari praise respective sides as Tractor and Sharjah share AFC Champions League spoils
Sharjah: As the two teams picked up a point each from a goalless draw, Tractor FC head coach Rasoul Khatibi was adamant his side were the better team in their Matchday Two encounter against Sharjah in Group B of the 2021 AFC Champions League.
Khaled Bawazir and Peyman Babaei missed close chances in the first half for their sides while Caio could not convert when one-on-one with Tractor goalkeeper and both sides ultimately settled for a stalemate on Saturday.
Huistra and Odisho rue missed chances as Pakhtakor, Air Force Club play out AFC Champions League stalemate
Sharjah: Pakhtakor head coach Peter Huistra believes his side deserved more out of the match, after their goalless draw against Iraq’s Air Force Club on Matchday Two of Group B in the 2021 AFC Champions League.
Ibrahim Bayesh and Dragan Ceran came close to scoring as both sides huffed and puffed throughout the 90 minutes without a knockout blow landed - with both goalkeepers pulling off good saves in the process.