Kuala Lumpur: AFC Asian Cup winner Daisuke Matsui will join Vietnam’s Saifon FC for the 2021 season, the former Japan international midfielder’s current club Yokohama FC have announced.
The 39-year-old, a veteran of Japan’s run to the knockout rounds of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, will be joining the 12th club of his professional career after first making his debut for Kyoto Purple Sanga in 2000.
Matsui moved to France in 2004, joining Le Mans before stints with Saint-Etienne, Grenoble and Dijon as well as spells with clubs in Russia, Bulgaria and Poland before returning to Japan in 2014, when he signed for Jubilo Iwata.
He has spent the last three seasons with Yokohama FC and was instrumental in the club’s promotion to the top flight of Japanese football last season. However, his involvement in the current campaign has been limited to three appearances.
Chiangrai United hold Beijing FC to end AFC Champions League campaign on a high
Doha: Beijing FC completed their AFC Champions League group stage campaign with an unbeaten record, coming from behind to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw against Chiangrai United on Thursday.
Chiangrai looked set to inflict Beijing's first defeat of the competition when substitute Ekanit Panya put them ahead in the 55th minute, but another replacement, Beijing’s A Lan, squared the ledger with 14 minutes remaining, only to miss a penalty kick in the dying moments.
Melbourne Victory advance to AFC Champions League last 16 at FC Seoul's expense
Doha: Melbourne Victory reached the AFC Champions League knockout stage for the second time in their history after beating FC Seoul 2-1 in the decisive Matchday Six fixture of Group E of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Thursday.
With the top spot in the group secured by Beijing FC, the two sides went into the game with the knowledge that their future in the competition hung on achieving a result on the night, for Melbourne Victory that meant the three points only, while a draw would be enough for FC Seoul.
FC Tokyo defeat Perth Glory to book AFC Champions League last 16 spot
Doha: FC Tokyo continued their tradition of reaching the knockout stage in each of their continental appearances, as an Adailton goal earned them a repeat of their 1-0 win over Perth Glory to seal second place in Group F of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Thursday.
The Japanese capital side had first competed in the 2012 AFC Champions League, reaching the Round of 16 before exiting at the hands of Guangzhou Evergrande.
Four years later, they repeated the feat and it was Shanghai SIPG who knocked them out. Now four more years afterwards, they are set to face a third Chinese team, Beijing FC at the same stage.
Ulsan Hyundai FC dash Shanghai Shenhua's AFC Champions League hopes
Doha: Shanghai Shenhua fell short of their first AFC Champions League knockout stage berth since 2006 as Ulsan Hyundai continued their Group F dominance with a resounding 4-1 win at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Thursday.
The K League runners up made sweeping changes to their line-up but there was little difference in terms of the result, with Park Jeong-in and Lee Sang-heon both scoring early before Bjørn Johnsen added a late brace in a fifth consecutive win for Kim Do-hoon’s side.
While Ulsan can look forward to the business end of the competition, it was the end of the road for Shenhua, who pulled a goal back through Bi Jinhao at the hour mark.
AFC Champions League (EAST) Toyota Player of the Week: Theerathon Bunmathan
Doha: Yokohama F. Marinos' Theerathon Bunmathan has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) Toyota Player of the Week after a goalscoring performance in his side's 4-1 victory over Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Tuesday.
The Thai left-back's blistering strike was his standout moment in an excellent all-round display that saw him ranked third in Stats Perform's – the Asian Football Confederation's official data provider – list of nominees for the accolade with an 8.4 rating.