Rabbits and Port handed tough ACL play-off ties

Rabbits and Port handed tough ACL play-off ties

Thai League 1 sides BG Pathum United and Port have been drawn to face Chinese Super League teams in the play-off stage of the AFC Champions League.

A draw for the tournament was conducted yesterday by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Pathum United had finished runners-up in the top Thai league in the 2021-2022 season, while Port had sealed the third place in the 2022-2023 season to qualify for Asia's premier club competition.

Pathum United will face Shanghai Port, the fourth-placed side in the Chinese Super League, while Port will meet Zhejiang, who finished third in their country's top flight.

The two Thai League 1 teams will be playing the play-off games away on Aug 22.

Klinsmann in spotlight

Juergen Klinsmann has defended his underwhelming start to life as South Korea coach with the German yet to win any of his four games in charge since taking over from Portuguese Paulo Bento.

Klinsmann was appointed in February and his team have drawn twice and lost twice as the South Koreans look to build on their run to the knockout rounds of last year's World Cup under his Portuguese predecessor.

An opening draw with Colombia was followed by losses against Uruguay and Peru while Klinsmann's side were held to a 1-1 draw by El Salvador on Tuesday.

"I hope I can correct that as quickly as possible because we absolutely believe we should have won all four games," Klinsmann told a press conference in Seoul yesterday. bangkok Post/reuters

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