Kuala Lumpur: Matchday Two of the AFC Women's Club Championship™ 2023 group stage presents the teams the chance to take a significant step towards the final or revive their hopes.
Urawa Red Diamond Ladies, Bangkok FC, Sydney FC and Hyundai Steel Red Angels Women’s FC are the early pacesetters but the remaining four other teams have ambitions of their own, so join the-AFC.com as we preview Matchday Two.
Johor Bahru: Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim did it yet again against Ulsan Hyundai FC of Korea Republic, the 2-1 win on Tuesday their third succesive win over the Korean side at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in the AFC Champions League™.
Akhyar Rashid struck the winner in the 87th minute as the Southern Tigers kept pushing for the win, which left head coach Esteban Solari singing praises of his players’ indomitable spirit.
Kawasaki: Japan’s Kawasaki Frontale showed they are the real deal after overcoming first half difficulties to defeat 10-man BG Pathum United 4-2 in Group I of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 at the Todoroki Stadium on Tuesday.
The win maintained Kawasaki’s perfect record in Group I, sitting six points ahead of Korea Republic’s Ulsan Hyundai and Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim and only needing a point from their remaining two matches to confirm their Round of 16 spot.
Riyadh: Al Ain FC may have become the first team to book their spot in the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 Round of 16 but head coach Alfred Schreuder was more concerned about the goals conceded in the 3-2 win over Al Fayha.
Tuesday's victory was the inaugural AFC Champions League winners' fourth, giving them an unassailable lead at the top of Group A with two matches remaining.
Kodjo Laba struck twice with Soufiane Rahimi adding the third, with Al Fayha replying through Anthony Nwakaeme and Muhannad Al Qaydhi.
Doha: Al Nassr head coach Luis Castro was full of praise for his players after their 3-2 win over Al Duhail SC took the Saudi Arabia club within a whisker of qualifying for the knockout stage of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 on Tuesday.
Despite Cristiano Ronaldo's absence, Al Nassr were simply too good as an Anderson Talisca hat-trick secured them a fourth consecutive win in Group E.