The official AFC website has shed light on the remarkable numbers and statistics achieved by the players in the AFC Champions League (West) first round after each team has completed their six group stage matches.
Al Duhail’s Michael Olunga leads the scorecard after delivering beautifully throughout the group stage, scoring nine goals in six games, although his side were eliminated after their 1-1 draw with Al Ahli Saudi in the last round after missing a crucial penalty. Esteghlal Cheick Diabate came in second with 5 goals.
Perspolis Mahdi Torabi has been in great form for his side in the group stage, creating the most chances in the competition so far (20). Al Duhail’s Edmilson Junior and Al Moez Ali come second and third after creating 19 and 17 chances respectively.
On the defensive side, the Ukrainian duo of FC Istiklol Oleksiy Larin and Andriy Mishchenko proved to be one of the tournament’s most successful partnerships with 44 and 43 clearances respectively, while their closest rival was Goa’s James Donachie on 30.
In terms of ball possession and accumulation, Al Hilal dominates this area as four players. with the most successful passes all belong to the ranks of the Saudi side and the list is as follows:
1. Mohamed Kanno – 487
2. Abdullah Otayf – 459
3. Jang Hyun-soo – 393
4. Ali Albulayhi – 384
Promising FC Goa goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh has been praised by all who saw him deliver an impressive performance on his tournament debut. The young goalscorer leads the standings with 26 saves made in the group stage, 2 more saves than Mohammed Al Owais of Arabia Al Ahli. Ahmed Basil of Al Shorta finished third with 19 saves.
Al Rayyan’s Yacine Brahimi tops the list of most completed dribbles by far as he managed 30 dribbles while his closest Al Wahda hunter, Khalil Ibrahim, managed to complete 15 dribbles.