Wang Shuang strikes winner as China PR beat Korea Republic to edge closer to Tokyo Olympics
Goyang City: Wang Shuang scored the winner as China PR defeated Korea Republic 2-1 in the first leg of their Tokyo 2020 Olympics Playoff tie at the Goyang Stadium on Thursday.
Confined to her Wuhan apartment when China’s qualifying campaign began last February, Wang returned to the line-up and struck the decisive blow at Goyang Stadium, easing home her spot-kick in the 73rd minute after Zhang Xin and Kang Chae-rim had traded first half goals.
Thursday’s result means China’s qualification will be confirmed if they can avoid defeat in Tuesday’s second leg in Suzhou, with Colin Bell’s Korea Republic facing an uphill battle to achieve their dream of a maiden Olympic qualification.
Sam Kerr, Wataru Endo, Amir Abedzaeh and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: An extended international window has come and gone, and several of Asia’s stars wasted no time showing their class for a range of clubs outside the continent.
With an Australian hat-trick in England, Iranian goalkeeping heroics in Portugal and a Japanese double act in Belgium just a sample of the memorable contributions, there are several worthy candidates for this week’s crown.
But who was the week’s outstanding Asian player abroad? We’ve narrowed it down to a 10-player shortlist, based on performances from April 1 to 7.
Take a look at the nominees below and don’t forget to cast your vote.
Dokić eager to make AFC Champions League playoff heroics just the beginning for AGMK
Doha: Jovan Dokić is eager to ensure that AGMK FC make more happy 2021 AFC Champions League memories in the group stage after his last gasp goal sealed a historic win for the club on Wednesday.
The Serbian midfielder’s 120th-minute strike proved decisive as AGMK beat Qatar’s Al Gharafa 1-0 in extra-time in their qualifying playoff in Doha, taking the Uzbek club to the tournament proper for the first time.
The win makes AGMK the seventh team from Uzbekistan to reach that stage, and the first club from the nation to make their group stage debut since PFC Lokomotiv in 2015.
We have to take our chances in the AFC Champions League, says FC Goa's Edu Bedia
New Delhi: As we count the days down to FC Goa’s opening clash in the 2021 AFC Champions League, it is clear that the team are ready to give their heart and soul as India’s first-ever representatives in the competition.
Ahead of the start of the tournament, FC Goa captain Edu Bedia elaborated about the club’s chances in the tournament and how the team is shaping up before the start of the competition in comparison to the Indian Super League (ISL).
Physical strength powered Air Force Club into AFC Champions League group stage, says Odisho
Mecca: Head coach Ayoub Odisho said the physical ability of his players was key in Air Force Club's penalty shootout victory against Saudi Arabia’s Al Wehda FC in their 2021 AFC Champions League playoff at the King Abdulaziz Sports City Stadium on Wednesday.
Air Force found themselves trailing to Youssoufou Niakate's goal after 24 minutes but second half substitute Aymen Hussein's dramatic equaliser in the second minute of added time forced the match into extra time and then the penalty shootout, which the Iraqi side won 3-2.
The win means Air Force Club join UAE’s Sharjah FC, Islamic Republic of Iran’s Tractor and Pakhtakor FC of Uzbekistan in Group B of the 2021 AFC Champions League in Sharjah.
Ten Cate pleased as Al Wahda fight back for AFC Champions League group stage slot
Abu Dhabi: Head coach Henk ten Cate was a proud man after seeing his Al Wahda FSCC side come from behind to defeat Iraq’s Al Zawraa in their 2021 AFC Champions League playoff at the Al Nahyan Stadium on Wednesday.
The Dutch coach, who returned to the UAE club last month, found his side trailing one minute into the second half when Alaa Abdulzahra gave Al Zawraa the lead despite Al Wahda having dominated the first period.
However, Al Wahda equalised through 2017 AFC Player of the Year Omar Khrbin in the 62nd minute before Ibrahim Khalil fired the winning goal in the 77th to take his team into Group E, joining Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis FC, Qatar’s Al Rayyan SC and FC Goa of India.
Kuala Lumpur: The polls are closed in our bid to assemble the ultimate fans’ AFC Cup Dream Team, but one key question remains – who should be in charge?
Fans from across the continent and beyond have had their say regarding the tournament’s greatest players, but the race to determine which the tournament’s greatest ever coach is only just beginning.
Hailing from Asia, Europe and South America, we’ve selected 10 of the competition’s outstanding coaches, all of whom achieved team success or historical firsts, now it’s up to you to study the shortlist and register your vote.