Iran accuses AFC of bias over match-hosting ban

Soccer Jan 19, 2020

Iran accuses AFC of bias over match-hosting ban

Iran on Sunday accused Asian soccer's governing body of bias for a proposed ban on it hosting club matches, after a spate of security incidents including the downing of an airliner. "It appears that the decision of your Competitions Committee was influenced by foreign media ...

Iran's soccer federation objects Asian Champions League hosting ban

Soccer Jan 18, 2020

Iran's soccer federation objects Asian Champions League hosting ban

Iran's soccer federation said Friday it has been banned from hosting international matches inside the country. The "federation received a letter today from the Asian Football Confederation... announcing the decision to hold AFC Champions League matches hosted by Iranian teams in neutral countries," said a ...

Urawa falls in first leg of Asian Champions League final

Soccer Nov 10, 2019

Urawa falls in first leg of Asian Champions League final

Urawa Reds lost the first leg of the Asian Champions League final against Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal on Saturday, with Andre Carrillo scoring a second-half header for the hosts to secure a 1-0 win. Urawa, seeking its third AFC title and first in three seasons, struggled ...

Urawa defeats Guangzhou to reach Asian Champions League final

Soccer Oct 24, 2019

Urawa defeats Guangzhou to reach Asian Champions League final

Shinzo Koroki struck early in the second half Wednesday as the Urawa Reds advanced to their second Asian Champions League final in three years with a 3-0 aggregate win over Guangzhou Evergrande. The gutsy 1-0 victory at Tianhe Stadium came three weeks after the Reds ...

Reds take big step toward Asian Champions League final

Soccer Oct 2, 2019

Reds take big step toward Asian Champions League final

Superb goals from Fabricio and Takahiro Sekine lifted J. League side Urawa Reds to a 2-0 semifinal first-leg win over China's Guangzhou Evergrande in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday. In a game more one-sided than the score thanks to tenacious and disciplined defending by ...

Antlers fall on away goals in Asian Champions League quarterfinals

Soccer Sep 18, 2019

Antlers fall on away goals in Asian Champions League quarterfinals

Defending champions Kashima Antlers exited the Asian Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday with a 1-1 home draw against China's Guangzhou Evergrande. The teams had played to a scoreless draw in the first leg and Guangzhou advanced to the semifinals on away goals. Needing to win at ...

Urawa Reds move past Shanghai SIPG into ACL semis on away goals

Soccer Sep 17, 2019

Urawa Reds move past Shanghai SIPG into ACL semis on away goals

Urawa Reds advanced to the semifinals of the Asian Champions League on away goals Tuesday after their quarterfinal tie with Shanghai SIPG ended in a 3-3 aggregate draw. In the second leg of the quarterfinal at Saitama Stadium, Shanghai keeper Yan Junling conceded an own ...

Antlers leave Guangzhou with scoreless draw

Soccer Aug 29, 2019

Antlers leave Guangzhou with scoreless draw

The Kashima Antlers kicked off their Asian Champions League quarterfinal tie with a 0-0 draw in hot and humid conditions against Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday. Antlers, the 2018 champions, were playing Guangzhou for the fifth time in the ACL, and it was the first time ...