Latest update on AFC representatives for upcoming FIFA competitions
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Executive Committee has agreed to the criteria of establishing the AFC’s representatives for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021, following the cancellation of the AFC Futsal Championship Kuwait 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The AFC Executive Committee decided to combine two sets of criteria – the first takes reference from the top five teams of the most recent edition (the AFC Futsal Championship Chinese Taipei 2018), and the second applies a point system which calculates the top five teams from the overall ranking of the last three editions of the AFC Futsal Championship (i.e., 2014, 2016 and 2018 editions).
Al Wahda’s ten Cate over the moon after AFC Champions League stunner against Al Rayyan
Goa: Head coach Henk ten Cate praised Al Wahda FSCC's resilience after the UAE side came from two goals down to defeat Qatar's Al Rayyan SC 3-2 in Group E of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Fares Juma's stoppage time winner secured Al Wahda their first win of the campaign, taking them to second in the group on four points, five behind leaders Persepolis who defeated FC Goa 2-1 in the other match on Tuesday.
Huistra credits brilliant Caio for Pakhtakor's AFC Champions League loss to Sharjah
Sharjah: Pakhtakor head coach Pieter Huistra heaped praise on Sharjah FC winger Caio who led the home side to a 4-1 victory over the Uzbekistan club on Matchday Three of Group B in the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Caio's curled free-kick was denied by goalkeeper Sanjar Kuvvatov before Khaled Bawazir tapped-in the rebound to break the deadlock before Dragan Ceran equalised for Pakhtakor. Caio then set up Salem Saleh for Sharjah's second and drove home their third himself and his fellow Brazilian Luan Pereira completed the rout late in the second half.
Al Nassr must avoid same mistakes in AFC Champions League rematch with Foolad Khouzestan, says Menezes
Riyadh: Head coach Mano Menezes said it is important Al Nassr learn from their mistakes if they are to come out on top in their Group D rematch with Foolad Khouzestan FC on Friday.
The hosts were forced to come from behind after conceding an own goal in the 51st minute, with Petros Araujo scoring the equaliser in the 69th to salvage a 1-1 draw.
Menezes, who took charge of the Saudi club last week, admitted that his side struggled to perform against the Islamic Republic of Iran side, particularly in the final third where they had 11 total shots on target compared to Foolad’s five.
Al Sadd's Xavi calls for consistency after AFC Champions League triumph over Al Wehdat
Riyadh: Al Sadd SC didn't play a perfect game but head coach Xavi Hernandez said claiming three points was the most important thing in their 3-1 win against Jordan’s Al Wehdat in Group D of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Al Sadd scored three goals in the first 26 minutes of the match through Baghdad Bounedjah, Boualem Khoukhi and Hassan Al Haydos to move to four points, one behind joint-group leaders Al Nassr and Foolad Khouzestan.
Xavi said while his side enjoyed a great start to the match, consistency is key if they are to progress to the Round of 16.
Tractor's Khatibi blames fatigue, Air Force Club's Odisho calls for change after AFC Champions League stalemate
Sharjah: Tractor FC head coach Rasoul Khatibi blamed fatigue for his side’s inability to score in their 0-0 draw against Iraq’s Air Force Club of Iraq in the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
The Iranian side huffed and puffed but could not penetrate their opponents defence as they made it three consecutive draws to start their continental campaign. A combination of lacklustre finishing and heroic goalkeeping saw both sides unable to find the back of the net at Sharjah Stadium.
Golmohammadi proud of Persepolis after tough AFC Champions League win against FC Goa, Ferrando looks ahead
Goa: Yahya Golmohammadi was happy with the three points collected after Persepolis FC were made to sweat by FC Goa in their 2021 AFC Champions League Group E tie on Tuesday.
Persepolis fell behind against FC Goa, with Edu Bedia scoring a historic first AFC Champions League goal for the Indian team but the Islamic Republic of Iran side's superior quality prevailed with Mahdi Torabi and captain Seyed Jalal Hosseini hitting back as last season's finalists made it three wins out of three.