Far from diluting the competition pool, the new teams in the expanded AFC Champions League showed they can match up against the tournament's best.
Former champions Al Hilal were held to a 2-2 draw by tournament debutants AGMK from Uzbekistan.
Goa showed they are no pushovers with a hard-fought draw vs a superior opponent on their ACL debut.
Tractor FC struck late to salvage a 3-3 draw against Pakhtakor Tashkent after all six goals were scored in the second half.
Goa put on a defensive masterclass to hold Al Rayyan to a goalless draw.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed Shandong Luneng's appeal to reverse their expulsion from this year's Asian Champions League.
Here's what to expect as FC Goa become the first Indian side to compete in the ACL group stages.
Ahead of the start of West Zone action in AFC Champions League 2021, we look at the five major talkings points from Asia's premier club competition.
Air Force Club, Al Wehda and AGMK qualified for the group stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Wednesday after winning their qualifiers.
The Asian Football Confederation have slapped Chiangrai United's Jaja Coelho with a four-year ban for violating anti-doping regulations.
Ratchaburi Mitr Phol and Pohang Steelers have both been granted direct entry to the 2021 AFC Champions League following Jiangsu FC's exit.
The AFC's group stage matches for the East Zone have been postponed until June or July due to COVID-19 travel and quarantine restrictions.
Nagoya Grampus are looking to secure the services of Kasper Junker, last season's top scorer in Norway's Eliteserien.
BG Pathum United have spectacularly won the Thai League 1 in just their first season back -- how did they pull it off?
Singapore will be among the centralised venues set to host group-stage fixtures of the 2021 AFC Cup.
An era of rampant spending, high-profile transfers and Champions League dominance has come to an abrupt end in China. What went wrong?
Chinese football in disarray as owners of reigning Chinese Super League champions Jiangsu FC announce club will cease operations.
Johor Darul Ta'zim have dominated Malaysian football in recent times but will they finally make waves in the AFC Champions League in 2021?
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