Gomis stars as Al Hilal edge closer to Saudi Pro League title
Riyadh: Birthday boy Bafetimbi Gomis scored twice as Al Hilal SFC defeated Al Nassr 4-1 to open a nine-point gap at the top of the Saudi Pro League on Wednesday.
Gomis, the 2019 AFC Champions League MVP and Top Scorer, was on fire as Al Hilal continued from where they had left off when the season was halted in March by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Defending league champions Al Nassr went into the tie knowing a win would bring them within three points of the leaders but after an even first half which ended 1-1, Al Nassr couldn't cope with Al Hilal's firepower.
Kuala Lumpur: The Bahrain Football Association, Kuwait Football Association and Jordan Football Association have been confirmed as the host Member Associations for the 2020 AFC Cup West Zone matches in Groups A, B and C respectively.
The AFC Cup action in the West Zone will kick off on October 23, 2020 with Group C leaders Qadsia SC from Kuwait taking on Oman’s Dhofar Club. Meanwhile, teams from Groups A and B will restart their campaigns three days later on October 26 with matches from all three groups scheduled to conclude on November 4, 2020.
The single-leg West Zonal Semi-finals will take place on November 23 and 24 before the final two teams compete in the West Zonal final on December 1, 2020 for a place in the AFC Cup final against the winners of the Inter-zone play-off on December 12, 2020.
Hotshots: Bienvenido Marañón (Ceres Negros FC) - 2019 AFC Cup
Kuala Lumpur: Since making his AFC Cup debut in 2016, striker Bienvenido Marañón has quickly established himself as one of Asia’s finest – a well-earned reputation he firmly underlined during last season’s Continental action.
Despite Philippines powerhouse Ceres Negros (now known as United City FC) - ultimately succumbing to Vietnamese giants Hanoi FC in the ASEAN Zonal Semi-finals, the crowd favourite bagged 10 AFC Cup goals in 2019, an impressive haul which saw him finish as the competition’s leading marksman.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2018 AFC Champions League boasted an array of fine attacking talent with some world-class performers gracing Asia's most prestigious club competition.
After deciding the top goalkeeper, the best defence in front of him and the playmakers in midfield, we have eight players of our 2018 AFC Champions League Best XI confirmed, so now it's time to complete the jigsaw by voting for the men to lead the line up front.
So, without further ado, here are the eight players in contention for the three places in attack. Review the nominees and then choose your favourites for this all-star XI in the poll below.