Melbourne Victory's AFC Champions League Round of 16 hopes suffer blow after draw with Chiangrai United
Doha: Melbourne Victory's hopes of advancing to the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16 suffered a blow after they were held 2-2 by Chiangrai United in Group E action on Monday.
With FC Seoul falling to a 3-1 defeat at Beijing FC, both sides went into the game knowing triumph at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium would put the winners within three points of reaching the knock-out stages.
Shanghai SIPG looking to continue AFC Champions League momentum against Sydney FC
Doha: Shanghai SIPG boss Vitor Perreira is looking for a continuation of the form which has his side within one win of the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16 when they face Australia’s Sydney FC on Tuesday.
The Chinese side stand on the brink of the knockout stage after accruing nine points, with third-placed Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, who are five points further back, the only team who can still change the Group H qualification make-up.
Shanghai SIPG have it all to play for at Al Janoub Stadium, but Sydney FC will be competing for pride only after suffering back to back defeats in their two prior outings in Doha, and Pereira is eager to ensure his side don’t fall victim to an upset.
Guangzhou Evergrande and Suwon Samsung Bluewings lock horns in do-or-die Group G battle
Doha: Guangzhou Evergrande face their ultimate test in pursuit of a place in the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) Round of 16 when they take on Suwon Samsung Bluewings at Khalifa International Stadium on Tuesday.
With Vissel Kobe having secured their place in the next round a week earlier, the two sides know their second head-to-head clash will be vital for their chances of staying in Doha beyond the group stage.
And while Suwon Samsung Bluewings still have a game against Group G leaders Vissel Kobe three days later, meaning a draw on Tuesday still keeps their hopes alive and in their own hands, Guangzhou Evergrande know any result other than the three points leaves their fate at the mercy of the Korean side.
Yokohama F. Marinos look to seal AFC Champions League knockout stage place against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Doha: Yokohama F. Marinos will have two chances to book their ticket to the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16, but head coach Ange Postecoglou is eager to ensure that only one is required when they face Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Tuesday.
Joint group leaders alongside Shanghai SIPG on nine points, the 2019 J1 League champions hold a handsome five-point advantage on third-placed Jeonbuk, meaning their progression will be secure even with a draw at the Al Janoub Stadium.
But head coach Angle Postecoglou has never been known to approach games looking for any other than three points, and the former Australia boss declared he was excited about the 90 minutes ahead.
Perfect Beijing FC cruise past FC Seoul in AFC Champions League
Doha: Beijing FC recorded a comfortable fifth consecutive victory in the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) against FC Seoul with a 3-1 score on Matchday Five at the Jassem Bin Hamad Stadium.
The Chinese side had won the previous encounter between the two teams nine days ago, with Fernando and A Lan getting on the scoresheet with veteran Park Chu-young’s penalty serving only as a consolation for FC Seoul.
Ulsan Hyundai FC beat FC Tokyo to seal AFC Champions League Round of 16 berth
Doha: Ulsan Hyundai secured their status as Group F winners after a Yoon Bit-garam double helped the Korean side to a 2-1 AFC Champions League win against FC Tokyo at Education City Stadium on Monday.
Kensuke Nagai’s srike put Tokyo ahead in the opening minute, but Yoon levelled the tie with a sublime free-kick on the stroke of half-time, then added an 85th-minute winner as Ulsan provided late fireworks for the third time in a week.
With 13 points from five matches, Ulsan cannot be caught at the top of the group standings, but FC Tokyo, on seven, find themselves in a precarious position, with the Japanese club now sweating on the result between Perth Glory and Shanghai Shenhua to see if they will retain second place on the table going into Thursday’s final Matchday.