Kuala Lumpur: Zuhair Bakheet was part of a golden generation of United Arab Emirates players that advanced to the country’s first and, to date, only FIFA World Cup and came within a penalty shootout of AFC Asian Cup glory on home soil.
Bakheet watched from the dugout as his international teammates took to the pitch to face Saudi Arabia at Zayed Sports City Stadium. For every single one of the 23 players dressed in white, whether on the field or on the bench, this was the game of their lives.
The UAE’s thrilling 1996 AFC Asian Cup campaign was culminating there, against a side that had appeared in each of the three previous finals of the competition, lifting the trophy in 1984 and 1988 before losing to Japan in 1992.
Adelaide: Football can be a cruel game.
For every last-minute winner, there is a beaten goalkeeper. For every player who benefits from a stroke of luck, there is another who suffers.
Adelaide United defender Robbie Cornthwaite had the misfortune of scoring an own goal in a match he considered the biggest in his club’s history, but unlike most players, the 22-year-old managed to turn his calamity into triumph.
Speaking to the-AFC.com more than a decade on, Cornthwaite recounts the tale of his own goal in the first leg of the 2008 AFC Champions League quarter-final against Kashima Antlers, and how he went from villain to hero just a week later.
Jeonbuk match-winner Lee thankful just to be playing
Jeonju: Lee Dong-gook said he would not focus on personal statistics this season, but after scoring the opening goal of the 2020 K-League campaign to earn Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors a 1-0 win over Suwon Samsung Bluewings on Friday the forward has already set a new benchmark.
The 41-year-old became the oldest player to score in the K-League when he glanced Son Jun-ho’s corner beyond No Dong-geon six minutes from time to give Jeonbuk a winning start to the delayed season as Jose Morais’ side seek to defend the title they won on the final day of last season.
Kuala Lumpur: With AFC Champions League football on hiatus over the past two months, the-AFC.com has scrolled the archives to bring you some of the finest goals the competition has witnessed in its rich history.
This week, our '5 of the Best' series looks back at some of the most eye-pleasing curling efforts that have left outstretched goalkeepers with no chance and brought fans to their feet in appreciation. Once you've reviewed our selection, don't forget to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article!