Qatar's young players impress Sanchez, Bangladesh's Day positive despite defeat
Doha: Head coach Felix Sanchez praised the performance of the younger players after Qatar cruised to a 5-0 win over Bangladesh in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers on Friday.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts sealed the three points thanks to a brace each from 2019 AFC Player of the Year Akram Afif and 2019 AFC Asian Cup top scorer Almoez Ali, after Abdulaziz Hatem had scored the opener.
Ulsan Hyundai FC aiming to stay on track in AFC Champions League Round of 16 clash against Melbourne Victory
Doha: Fit, focused and fresh from a scorching group stage campaign, Ulsan Hyundai FC will be chasing more of the same when they face Australia’s Melbourne Victory in the AFC Champions League Round of 16 at Education City Stadium on Sunday.
Frustrated to have narrowly missed out on domestic league and cup honours, Kim Do-hoon’s side have been untouchable in Doha, winning all five matches since arriving in the Qatari capital to register a total 16 points from six matches.
Such was their dominance of Group F that an Ulsan outfit featuring just one of the 11 players from their previous outing eased to a 4-1 win over Shanghai Shenhua on Thursday, in a match where the Chinese side were fighting to stay alive in the tournament.
Beijing FC, FC Tokyo looking to break new ground in AFC Champions League Round of 16 clash
Doha: One of Beijing FC or FC Tokyo will become AFC Champions League quarter-finalists for the first time when they clash in the Round of 16 at Education City Stadium on Sunday.
Unbeaten Group E winners with a club record 16 points, Beijing were one of the standout sides in the group stage, but they’ll need to buck a historical trend if they are to go any further in the competition.
The Chinese outfit have reached the knockout stage on three separate occasions - the most recent coming in 2015 - but fell at the first hurdle each time, with all three defeats coming against Korean opposition.
AFC Champions League (East) - Round of 16: Players to Watch
Doha: No sooner has the group stage of the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) come to a close that the Round of 16 is upon us with four enticing fixtures to take place across Sunday and Monday.
Some of the Continent's finest players have been on show in Qatar with established names and emerging talents displaying their ability in Asia's most prestigious club competition.
With the knockout rounds now leaving no margin for error, the-AFC.com profiles eight stars who have shone in the group stage and will be crucial to their sides' chances of going deeper into the tournament.
AFC Champions League: The race for the Golden Boot
Doha: As the race to be crowned Asia’s premier club reaches its final two weeks, attention also turns to the battle for the 2020 AFC Champions League Golden Boot.
While Al Nassr’s seven-goal striker Abderazzaq Hamdallah announced himself as the king of the West earlier in the competition, there are still several candidates from the East who could topple the Moroccan star in the remaining rounds.
Join the-AFC.com as we examine five of the current contenders for most important scoring title in Asian football, all of whom could still be crowned the Golden Boot winner for 2020.
AFC Champions League (EAST) Toyota Player of the Week: Daiki Niwa
Doha: FC Tokyo's Daiki Niwa has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) Toyota Player of the Week after an impressive performance in his side's 1-0 win over Perth Glory on Matchday Six as they advanced to the knockout rounds.
The veteran defender had an 83 percent duel success rate, made three interceptions and completed 62 passes at an 87 percent accuracy that saw him ranked fifth in Stats Perform's – the Asian Football Confederation's official data provider – list of nominees for the accolade with a 7.6 rating.