AFTER suffering a brutal beating, Filipino clubs United City FC (UCFC) and Kaya FC-Iloilo brace for another tough match as they take on some of the AFC Champions League’s favorites.
UCFC takes on J1 League champion Kawasaki Frontale in Group I at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, while Kaya FC-Iloilo faces defending AFC Champions League titleholder Ulsan Hyundai FC at the Pathum Thani Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
UCFC just suffered its most painful defeat, a 7-0 whipping at the hands of South Korean club Daegu FC.
Kawasaki Frontale, in the meantime, came off its biggest win, a 7-0 thrashing of Beijing FC.
UCFC is still looking for its first win in its AFC Champions League debut after settling to a 1-1 draw with Beijing FC in its opener.
UCFC sits at the bottom of Group I with Beijing FC with a point each, while Kawasaki Frontale sits at the top with six points.
Meanwhile, Kaya FC-Iloilo is coming off another one-sided loss in its previous match against V.League 1 champion Viettel FC. The Vietnamese side outclassed Kaya FC-Iloilo, 5-0.
Ulsan Hyundai FC, on the other hand, is fresh from a 2-0 win over BG Pathum United.
Kaya FC-Iloilo is also in last place in Group F with no points, while Ulsan Hyundai FC is in first place with six points.
This is the first time in AFC Champions League history that a Filipino club is competing in Asia’s most prestigious club tournament.