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Re: 2018 AFC Champions League

Postby blahblah Thu May 10, 2018 10:51 am

Kashima Antlers accounted for Shanghai SIPG 3-1. The away goal could prove valuable however Shaghai have all the work to do in the return leg.

Ulsan defeated Suwon 1-0 in the first leg.
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Re: 2018 AFC Champions League

Postby blahblah Fri May 18, 2018 12:42 pm

So Kashima knocked out shanghai SIPG, and deservedly so. SIPG managed to get a non-penalty) however the resulting 2-1 win wasn't enough to overcome the first leg deficit. Jeonbuk easily accounted for Buriram and Suwon decimated Ulsan 3-0 with Jurman being active throughout the game (including an assist, I think). Tianjin also made it through against Guangzhou Evergrande.

Out West is was a case of the Iranian and Qatari sides knocking out the Saudia and UAE sides, something that will have the Saudi politicians writhing.

Draw for the quarterfinals is on the 23rd of May.
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Re: 2018 AFC Champions League

Postby blahblah Fri May 25, 2018 9:49 am

Quarter final draw is in:

Kashima Antlers v Tianjin Quanjain
Jeonbuk v Suwon
Esteghlal v Al-Sadd
Al-Duhail v Persepolis

Al-Duhail, a club formed from a merger in Qatar earlier this year, have been wiping the floor with all and sundry. It will be interesting to see how they go in Iran.
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Re: 2018 AFC Champions League

Postby blahblah Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:57 pm

The Quarterfinals first leg kicked off last night with Esteghlal losing 1-3 at home to Al-Sadd. That very much puts the tie in the Qatari's favour, not least as the single goal the Iranians managed was an own goal.
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Re: 2018 AFC Champions League

Postby blahblah Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:26 am

Kashima put two past Tianjin to be going into the return leg with some confidence.

The surprise was Al-Duhail, who have previously looked imperious, managing only a 1-0 win against Persepolis (though that does make it 9 AFC wins in a row). The Iranians will fancy their chances in the return leg in Tehran.
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Re: 2018 AFC Champions League

Postby blahblah Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:04 am

Last game for the 1st leg and Suwong put 3 past hosts Jeonbuk in the all-Korean affair. They have one foot in the semi-final.
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Re: 2018 AFC Champions League

Postby blahblah Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:21 pm

Persepolis did the job against Al-Duhail and will meet Al-Saad who proceeded via a 2-2 draw with Esteghlal in a game littered with goal keeping howlers.

Tianjin looked like they were going to dominate Kashima after the first 17 minutes, but then the Japanese decided to start playing football and it became the 'Kashima Show', running out 0-3 winners. The game was played in Macau due to the World Economic Forum being held in Tianjin, resulting in a rather sparse crowd for a fixture that was expecting to be packed.

Baring a miracle tonight, it will be Suwon v Kashima and Al-Saad v Persepolis.
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Re: 2018 AFC Champions League

Postby blahblah Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:15 pm

Nearly stuffed up that prediction! Jeonbuk won 0-3, a had a penalty saved in the '92 which would have won it for them. After extra time it went to penalties and Hwa Yong, the Suwon keeper who saved the '92 minute effort saved a couple more to get Suwon through to the semi-final against Kashima.

Wow, I did not see that coming!
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Re: 2018 AFC Champions League

Postby blahblah Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:07 pm

Semi-finals are nicely poised with Pereipolis taking a handy 0-1 away win at Al Saad and Kashima Antlers a thrilling 3-2 home win over Suwon Bluewings. The return legs are on the 23rd of October.

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