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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.

Lightning strikes Shanghai SIPG’s title hopes

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG’s preparations for Tuesday’s AFC Champions League quarter-final first leg against Guangzhou Evergrande have been disrupted by what Andre Villas-Boas called “a very bad” trip home from a damaging weekend defeat.

The Portuguese coach effectively conceded the Chinese Super League (CSL) title to leaders and reigning champions Evergrande following a 2-1 loss on Saturday at Guizhou Zhicheng.

Indian Super League teams eligible for AFC Cup

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Mumbai (AFP) – Asia’s football governing body has dealt a major boost to the Indian Super League by ruling that its franchise-based teams will be eligible for the AFC Cup from next year.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said in a statement late Tuesday that the winners of the glitzy tournament, which is backed by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, will go into the continental competition’s qualifying round.

Indian Super League teams eligible for AFC Cup

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Mumbai (AFP) – Asia’s football governing body has dealt a major boost to the Indian Super League by ruling that its franchise-based teams will be eligible for the AFC Cup from next year.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said in a statement late Tuesday that the winners of the glitzy tournament, which is backed by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, will go into the continental competition’s qualifying round.

Jeju players suspended after violent scenes in AFC Champions League

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Three Jeju United players were suspended for up to six months on Friday after an AFC Champions League knock-out game against Urawa Red Diamonds descended into violence.

Cho Yong-Hyung was banned for six months and fined $20,000 for pushing the referee after he was sent off in the last-16 game on May 31, which ended in a mass brawl.

Paulinho the hero as Evergrande into last eight

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Kawasaki (Japan) (AFP) – Ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho grabbed a crucial goal as two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande squeaked past Kashima Antlers on away goals on Tuesday to reach the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.

Paulinho, the scorer in last week’s 1-0 win in Guangzhou, scored a tap-in on 55 minutes and it was enough to put the Chinese team through despite their 2-1 defeat on the night.

Paulinho the hero as Evergrande into last eight

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Kawasaki (Japan) (AFP) – Ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho grabbed a crucial goal as two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande squeaked past Kashima Antlers on away goals on Tuesday to reach the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.

Paulinho, the scorer in last week’s 1-0 win in Guangzhou, scored a tap-in on 55 minutes and it was enough to put the Chinese team through despite their 2-1 defeat on the night.

That’s Amoory! Brace of goals takes Al Ain into last eight

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Dubai (AFP) – Asian player of the year Omar Abdulrahman scored a brilliant double as Al Ain thrashed Esteghlal 6-1 to storm into the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.

The brace by “Amoory” - matched by two sublime strikes from Brazil’s Caio - overturned last week’s 1-0 defeat and powered last year’s runners-up to a 6-2 aggregate victory.

That’s Amoory! Brace of goals takes Al Ain into last eight

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Dubai (AFP) – Asian player of the year Omar Abdulrahman scored a brilliant double as Al Ain thrashed Esteghlal 6-1 to storm into the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.

The brace by “Amoory” - matched by two sublime strikes from Brazil’s Caio - overturned last week’s 1-0 defeat and powered last year’s runners-up to a 6-2 aggregate victory.

Paulinho puts Evergrande in sight of last eight

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Paulinho’s late strike put Guangzhou Evergrande in the driving seat as they beat Kashima Antlers 1-0 in the first leg of their AFC Champions League round of 16 clash on Tuesday.

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder struck on 75 minutes to reward heavy pressure from Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Evergrande, who lifted the Asian title in 2013 and 2015.

Paulinho puts Evergrande in sight of last eight

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Paulinho’s late strike put Guangzhou Evergrande in the driving seat as they beat Kashima Antlers 1-0 in the first leg of their AFC Champions League round of 16 clash on Tuesday.

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder struck on 75 minutes to reward heavy pressure from Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Evergrande, who lifted the Asian title in 2013 and 2015.

China football giants Evergrande under fire over ‘British dogs’ banner

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Chinese giants Guangzhou Evergrande are facing potential disciplinary action after their fans unfurled an anti-independence banner slamming “British dogs” during a game in Hong Kong.

The large banner, which said “Annihilate British dogs, destroy HK independence poison” in Chinese, was held up during Evergrande’s 6-0 AFC Champions League win over Hong Kong’s Eastern late on Tuesday.

China football giants Evergrande under fire over ‘British dogs’ banner

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Chinese giants Guangzhou Evergrande are facing potential disciplinary action after their fans unfurled an anti-independence banner slamming “British dogs” during a game in Hong Kong.

The large banner, which said “Annihilate British dogs, destroy HK independence poison” in Chinese, was held up during Evergrande’s 6-0 AFC Champions League win over Hong Kong’s Eastern late on Tuesday.

Football: Brisbane stay alive, Utd go clear, Bluewings soar

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Brisbane Roar kept their AFC Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Kashima Antlers as Thailand’s Muanthong United took advantage to go clear at the top of Group E.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave the Roar a 2-0 lead before the Japanese champions pulled a goal back near the end in Brisbane.

Football: Brisbane stay alive, Utd go clear, Bluewings soar

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Brisbane Roar kept their AFC Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Kashima Antlers as Thailand’s Muanthong United took advantage to go clear at the top of Group E.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave the Roar a 2-0 lead before the Japanese champions pulled a goal back near the end in Brisbane.

Oscar penalty miss as Silva bullet sinks SIPG

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Big-money midfielder Oscar missed a second-half penalty as Andre Villas-Boas’s Shanghai SIPG lost 1-0 to Urawa Red Diamonds in their first defeat of this year’s AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

After SIPG went behind to Rafael Silva’s 44th-minute strike, 60-million-euro signing Oscar looked set to maintain SIPG’s unbeaten record in Group F when he won a penalty in the 64th minute.

Oscar penalty miss as Silva bullet sinks SIPG

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Big-money midfielder Oscar missed a second-half penalty as Andre Villas-Boas’s Shanghai SIPG lost 1-0 to Urawa Red Diamonds in their first defeat of this year’s AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

After SIPG went behind to Rafael Silva’s 44th-minute strike, 60-million-euro signing Oscar looked set to maintain SIPG’s unbeaten record in Group F when he won a penalty in the 64th minute.

Iran’s Esteghlal fined over laser beams

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Iran’s Esteghlal FC have been fined $51,000 after fans flashed laser beams at opposing players and referees during AFC Champions League games, Asia’s football body said on Wednesday.

Esteghlal supporters flashed lasers during their Champions qualifier against Al Sadd in February, and again in their group stage game against Uzbekistan’s PFC Lokomotiv, the Asian Football Confederation said.

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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 [.

Mind The Gap

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Last night I watched Muang Thong United defeated Brisbane Roar 3-0 in the AFC Champions League group stage. It was their third win from five group stage games and leaves them with 11 points with one game remaining against Kashima Antlers in Japan. They have already confirmed their place in the knock out stage of the competition, now it is just a question of whether they finish first or second.