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Eliminated Melbourne rattle Shanghai SIPG in AFC Champions League

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Seoul (AFP) – Australian interest in the 2018 AFC Champions League ended on Wednesday despite Melbourne Victory’s 2-1 win over Shanghai SIPG of China.

Heading into the final round of the group games, Melbourne had already been eliminated.

But the A-League team inflicted a first defeat in the tournament on the big-spending Chinese Super League team that finished on top of Group G.

Eliminated Melbourne rattle Shanghai SIPG in AFC Champions League

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Seoul (AFP) – Australian interest in the 2018 AFC Champions League ended on Wednesday despite Melbourne Victory’s 2-1 win over Shanghai SIPG of China.

Heading into the final round of the group games, Melbourne had already been eliminated.

But the A-League team inflicted a first defeat in the tournament on the big-spending Chinese Super League team that finished on top of Group G.

Alan’s double puts Cannavaro’s Guangzhou into AFC Champions League last 16

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou Evergrande cruised into the last 16 of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday after completing an unbeaten group campaign with a 3-1 win against Cerezo Osaka.

The Chinese Super League champions will be joined in the knockout phase by Thailand’s surprise package Buriram United, who secured second place in Group G with a 1-0 win at Jeju United in South Korea.

Alan’s double puts Cannavaro’s Guangzhou into AFC Champions League last 16

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou Evergrande cruised into the last 16 of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday after completing an unbeaten group campaign with a 3-1 win against Cerezo Osaka.

The Chinese Super League champions will be joined in the knockout phase by Thailand’s surprise package Buriram United, who secured second place in Group G with a 1-0 win at Jeju United in South Korea.

Berg helps Al Ain into AFC Champions League last 16

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Doha (Qatar) (AFP) – Marcus Berg was twice on target as the UAE’s Al Ain advanced to the last 16 stage of the AFC Champions League with an emphatic 4-1 rout of Qatar’s Al Rayyan on Tuesday.

With Iran’s Estheglal already through from Group D, Tuesday’s match in Doha was a direct battle for second place but Michael Laudrup’s Al Rayyan came up woefully short against the better organised Emiratis who never lost control over the proceedings.

Berg helps Al Ain into AFC Champions League last 16

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Doha (Qatar) (AFP) – Marcus Berg was twice on target as the UAE’s Al Ain advanced to the last 16 stage of the AFC Champions League with an emphatic 4-1 rout of Qatar’s Al Rayyan on Tuesday.

With Iran’s Estheglal already through from Group D, Tuesday’s match in Doha was a direct battle for second place but Michael Laudrup’s Al Rayyan came up woefully short against the better organised Emiratis who never lost control over the proceedings.

Ulsan storm into Champions League last 16 on good night for Korea, China

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Hong Kong (AFP) – South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai FC powered into the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League Wednesday with a 6-2 demolition of Melbourne Victory, who crashed out.

Ulsan will finish second in Group F behind Shanghai SIPG, who drew 1-1 at home to Kawasaki Frontale.

Ulsan storm into Champions League last 16 on good night for Korea, China

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Hong Kong (AFP) – South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai FC powered into the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League Wednesday with a 6-2 demolition of Melbourne Victory, who crashed out.

Ulsan will finish second in Group F behind Shanghai SIPG, who drew 1-1 at home to Kawasaki Frontale.

Six-shooters Ulsan storm into Champions League last 16

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Hong Kong (AFP) – South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai FC powered into the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League Wednesday with a 6-2 demolition of Melbourne Victory, who crashed out.

Ulsan joined the already qualified Shanghai SIPG in the knockout stages from Group F after the Australian side conceded a comical goal to open the floodgates.

Six-shooters Ulsan storm into Champions League last 16

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Hong Kong (AFP) – South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai FC powered into the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League Wednesday with a 6-2 demolition of Melbourne Victory, who crashed out.

Ulsan joined the already qualified Shanghai SIPG in the knockout stages from Group F after the Australian side conceded a comical goal to open the floodgates.

Shanghai Shenhua crash out of AFC Champions League

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Seoul (AFP) – Big-spending Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua were eliminated from the 2018 AFC Champions League with a game to spare on Tuesday after drawing 2-2 with Kashima Antlers of Japan at home.

Giovanni Moreno shot Shanghai ahead from the spot after 13 minutes and Mao Jianqing, an early replacement for injured striker Obafemi Martins headed home a second just before the half-hour.

Shanghai Shenhua crash out of AFC Champions League

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Seoul (AFP) – Big-spending Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua were eliminated from the 2018 AFC Champions League with a game to spare on Tuesday after drawing 2-2 with Kashima Antlers of Japan at home.

Giovanni Moreno shot Shanghai ahead from the spot after 13 minutes and Mao Jianqing, an early replacement for injured striker Obafemi Martins headed home a second just before the half-hour.

Pato in public bid to woo ‘most beautiful’ Chinese actress

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian football star Alexandre Pato celebrated Tianjin Quanjian’s victory in the AFC Champions League with a very public attempt at wooing the Chinese actress Dilraba Dilmurat.

The 28-year-old Pato and his team-mates held up a poster showing two pictures - one of him and one of Dilmurat - as Tianjin supporters chanted her name following Wednesday’s 4-2 home victory over Jeonbuk Motors of South Korea.

Pato in public bid to woo ‘most beautiful’ Chinese actress

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian football star Alexandre Pato celebrated Tianjin Quanjian’s victory in the AFC Champions League with a very public attempt at wooing the Chinese actress Dilraba Dilmurat.

The 28-year-old Pato and his team-mates held up a poster showing two pictures - one of him and one of Dilmurat - as Tianjin supporters chanted her name following Wednesday’s 4-2 home victory over Jeonbuk Motors of South Korea.

Qatar’s Al Gharafa and Saudi’s Al Ahli in diplomatic AFC draw

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Doha (AFP) – An injury-time equaliser denied Al Ahli an AFC Champions League victory in Doha Monday as the Saudi side became the first from a boycotting nation to play in Qatar since the beginning of the Gulf crisis.

On a politically charged night in the Qatari capital, the Saudis were only able to draw 1-1 with Wesley Sneijder’s Al Gharafa.

Qatar’s Al Gharafa and Saudi’s Al Ahli in diplomatic AFC draw

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Doha (AFP) – An injury-time equaliser denied Al Ahli an AFC Champions League victory in Doha Monday as the Saudi side became the first from a boycotting nation to play in Qatar since the beginning of the Gulf crisis.

On a politically charged night in the Qatari capital, the Saudis were only able to draw 1-1 with Wesley Sneijder’s Al Gharafa.

Former Asian champions Al Sadd upset by Nasaf

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Doha (AFP) – Former champions Al Sadd of Qatar were upset by Uzbekistan’s Nasaf while the UAE’s Al Wasl suffered their third straight defeat in the AFC Champions League which resumed after a two-week break on Monday.

Al Sadd, who won the continental tournament in 2011, fell 1-0 away at the Markaziy Stadium in the southern Uzbek city of Qarshi, while Iran’s Persepolis dominated Al Wasl for a 2-0 victory at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

Unstoppable Bounedjah powers Al Sadd to second straight win

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Doha (AFP) – Baghdad Bounedjah continued his spectacular comeback from a near three-month injury layoff to power Al Sadd to their second straight victory in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

The Algerian striker, who scored a brace in Al Sadd’s 2-1 win over the UAE’s Al Wasl last week, was twice on target again as the 2011 champions saw off Iran’s Persepolis 3-1 at the Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.

Unstoppable Bounedjah powers Al Sadd to second straight win

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Doha (AFP) – Baghdad Bounedjah continued his spectacular comeback from a near three-month injury layoff to power Al Sadd to their second straight victory in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

The Algerian striker, who scored a brace in Al Sadd’s 2-1 win over the UAE’s Al Wasl last week, was twice on target again as the 2011 champions saw off Iran’s Persepolis 3-1 at the Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.

Football: Buriram hold Evergrande to draw in Champions League

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Fabio Cannavaro’s return to Guangzhou Evergrande as head coach got off to a frustrating start on Wednesday when his team was held to a 1-1 draw by Thailand’s Buriram United in the opening round of the AFC Champions League.

The Italian 2006 World Cup-winning captain was selected to succeed Luiz Felipe Scolari as head coach of the two-time continental winner at the end of last season after being fired by the club in 2015.

Football: Buriram hold Evergrande to draw in Champions League

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Fabio Cannavaro’s return to Guangzhou Evergrande as head coach got off to a frustrating start on Wednesday when his team was held to a 1-1 draw by Thailand’s Buriram United in the opening round of the AFC Champions League.

The Italian 2006 World Cup-winning captain was selected to succeed Luiz Felipe Scolari as head coach of the two-time continental winner at the end of last season after being fired by the club in 2015.

Football: Prolific Syrian Khrbin wins AFC Player of the Year award

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Bangkok (AFP) – Syrian striker Omar Khrbin was awarded the Asian Football Confederation’s 2017 Player of the Year Wednesday, after starring both for his club and for his war-ravaged country whose attempt to make the World Cup captured the hearts of the sporting world.

Khrbin was selected ahead of last year’s winner Omar Abdulrahman - Asia’s hottest rising star - and Wu Lei, the skilful Chinese winger.

Football: Prolific Syrian Khrbin wins AFC Player of the Year award

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Bangkok (AFP) – Syrian striker Omar Khrbin was awarded the Asian Football Confederation’s 2017 Player of the Year Wednesday, after starring both for his club and for his war-ravaged country whose attempt to make the World Cup captured the hearts of the sporting world.

Khrbin was selected ahead of last year’s winner Omar Abdulrahman - Asia’s hottest rising star - and Wu Lei, the skilful Chinese winger.

Football: Syria’s Khrbin wins AFC Player of the Year award

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Bangkok (AFP) – Syrian striker Omar Khrbin was awarded the Asian Football Confederation’s 2017 Player of the Year Wednesday, after starring both for his club and for his war-ravaged country’s attempt to make the World Cup.

The award, at a glittering ceremony in Bangkok, goes some way to compensate for the disappointment endured by the 23-year-old over the weekend when his Al Hilal side narrowly lost 1-2 on aggregate to Japan’s Uwara Red Diamonds in the AFC Champions League final.

Football: Syria’s Khrbin wins AFC Player of the Year award

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Bangkok (AFP) – Syrian striker Omar Khrbin was awarded the Asian Football Confederation’s 2017 Player of the Year Wednesday, after starring both for his club and for his war-ravaged country’s attempt to make the World Cup.

The award, at a glittering ceremony in Bangkok, goes some way to compensate for the disappointment endured by the 23-year-old over the weekend when his Al Hilal side narrowly lost 1-2 on aggregate to Japan’s Uwara Red Diamonds in the AFC Champions League final.

Cannavaro quits Tianjin as Evergrande rumours swirl

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Shanghai (AFP) – Fabio Cannavaro has resigned as coach of Tianjin Quanjian, the club announced Monday, just days after steering them to an AFC Champions League berth and with rumours swirling he will return to seven-time Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Italian World Cup winner, who engineered the club’s promotion to the Chinese Super League (CSL) last year and a third-place finish this year, will be succeeded by former Portuguese international Paulo Sousa, the club said.

Cannavaro quits Tianjin as Evergrande rumours swirl

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Shanghai (AFP) – Fabio Cannavaro has resigned as coach of Tianjin Quanjian, the club announced Monday, just days after steering them to an AFC Champions League berth and with rumours swirling he will return to seven-time Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Italian World Cup winner, who engineered the club’s promotion to the Chinese Super League (CSL) last year and a third-place finish this year, will be succeeded by former Portuguese international Paulo Sousa, the club said.

Saudis Al Hilal into AFC Champions Lea gue final

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Muscat (AFP) – Omar Kharbin scored twice as Saudi giants Al Hilal eased into the AFC Champions League final with a 6-2 aggregate victory over Iran’s Persepolis following a 2-2 draw in their semi-final second leg on Tuesday.

Al Hilal already had one foot in the final after an emphatic 4-0 victory over the leading Iranian side in the first leg, but Tuesday’s match proved much tougher with Persepolis taking the lead on two occasions only for Al Hilal to bounce back twice and clinch a draw.

Saudis Al Hilal into AFC Champions Lea gue final

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Muscat (AFP) – Omar Kharbin scored twice as Saudi giants Al Hilal eased into the AFC Champions League final with a 6-2 aggregate victory over Iran’s Persepolis following a 2-2 draw in their semi-final second leg on Tuesday.

Al Hilal already had one foot in the final after an emphatic 4-0 victory over the leading Iranian side in the first leg, but Tuesday’s match proved much tougher with Persepolis taking the lead on two occasions only for Al Hilal to bounce back twice and clinch a draw.

Villas-Boas fined $14,000 for Guangzhou complaints

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas has been fined $14,000 over his “offensive” comments during the AFC Champions League quarter-finals, the Asian Football Confederation said on Tuesday.

The Portuguese coach, who will be on the bench for Wednesday’s semi-final first leg at home against Urawa Red Diamonds, brought the game into disrepute, the AFC ruled.

Villas-Boas fined $14,000 for Guangzhou complaints

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas has been fined $14,000 over his “offensive” comments during the AFC Champions League quarter-finals, the Asian Football Confederation said on Tuesday.

The Portuguese coach, who will be on the bench for Wednesday’s semi-final first leg at home against Urawa Red Diamonds, brought the game into disrepute, the AFC ruled.

Irate Villas-Boas accuses Guangzhou of dirty tricks

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas accused Guangzhou Evergrande of dirty tricks after his side’s epic AFC Champions League quarter-final win, claiming the hosts masterminded a series of road “accidents” to delay SIPG’s arrival at the stadium.

Evergrande almost pulled off a miracle in overturning a 4-0 first-leg deficit, before SIPG emerged battered and bruised from a remarkable all-Chinese encounter on Tuesday with a penalty shootout triumph after the tie had finished 5-5 on aggregate.

Irate Villas-Boas accuses Guangzhou of dirty tricks

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas accused Guangzhou Evergrande of dirty tricks after his side’s epic AFC Champions League quarter-final win, claiming the hosts masterminded a series of road “accidents” to delay SIPG’s arrival at the stadium.

Evergrande almost pulled off a miracle in overturning a 4-0 first-leg deficit, before SIPG emerged battered and bruised from a remarkable all-Chinese encounter on Tuesday with a penalty shootout triumph after the tie had finished 5-5 on aggregate.

Scolari’s Evergrande chase Champions League miracle

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Shanghai (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande must perform an AFC Champions League miracle on Tuesday if they are to overhaul a 4-0 deficit in their quarter-final home clash with Shanghai SIPG.

Evergrande are streaking away from their domestic rivals in the Chinese Super League (CSL) but were embarrassed in Shanghai three weeks ago when Andre Villas-Boas’s side was rampant in the first leg.

Scolari’s Evergrande chase Champions League miracle

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Shanghai (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande must perform an AFC Champions League miracle on Tuesday if they are to overhaul a 4-0 deficit in their quarter-final home clash with Shanghai SIPG.

Evergrande are streaking away from their domestic rivals in the Chinese Super League (CSL) but were embarrassed in Shanghai three weeks ago when Andre Villas-Boas’s side was rampant in the first leg.

Rampaging Hulk has Shanghai SIPG sensing Asian glory

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian international Hulk scored one and made another as Shanghai SIPG all but sealed their spot in the AFC Champions League semi-finals with a 4-0 first-leg rout of Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Evergrande are on course to retain the Chinese Super League (CSL) title but barring a miracle they are already out of this quarter-final all-Chinese tie even with the home leg to come.

Football: Weather plays havoc with Chinese rivals’ Asian title hopes

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Shanghai (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari was left shaking his head Monday and Andre Villas-Boas spoke of “a very bad trip” after rain and lightning disrupted their AFC Champions League quarter-final preparations.

Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande are slight favourites when they visit Villas-Boas’s Shanghai SIPG in the first leg of their all-Chinese clash on Tuesday.

Football: Weather plays havoc with Chinese rivals’ Asian title hopes

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Shanghai (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari was left shaking his head Monday and Andre Villas-Boas spoke of “a very bad trip” after rain and lightning disrupted their AFC Champions League quarter-final preparations.

Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande are slight favourites when they visit Villas-Boas’s Shanghai SIPG in the first leg of their all-Chinese clash on Tuesday.

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FAIL: Al Gharafa Striker Mehdi Taremi Files Downright Awful Miss In AFC Champions League Tie Against Al Ahli (Video)

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The honours were split evenly in the AFC Champions League group stage match between Al Ahli and Al Gharafa on Tuesday, with the two sides grinding out a 1-1 draw in Jeddah.

It was striker Mehdi Taremi who opened the scoring for Al Gharafa in the second half, but not before he'd made an absolute dog's dinner of an open goal with just 18 minutes on the clock.

Sydney FC 2018 PUMA AFC Champions League Kits

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Hyundai A-League champions Sydney FC have revealed their PUMA home and away kits for their 2018 AFC Champions League campaign. The club will be The Sky Blues by nickname only during their Asian season since their traditional light blue home kit has been replaced by a mainly white primary shirt with a subtle transition to [.