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Fabio Cannavaro suffered heartache at the hands of former employers Tianjin Quanjian, who end Guangzhou Evergrande's Champions League bid.
Buriram United, Zob Ahan and Al Duhail all took the advantage in their attempts to reach the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.
Al Sadd, Persepolis and Esteghal have all made it to the knockouts of the AFC Champions League, but last season's finalists Al Hilal crashed out against Al Ain.
We bring you a roundup of the action from the AFC Champions League as Al Duhail became the first side to qualify from the group stages.
In recent years, footballers who have traditionally plied their trade in the top tiers of European football have received lucrative offers from exotic destinations. These are some of the players who chose to embark upon a new adventure in the Middle East.
Carlos Eduardo struck a fine hat-trick as Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal stormed into the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League with a 3-0 rout of UAE's Al Ain on Monday.
Neither Al Ain nor Al Hilal could break the deadlock in a hotly-contested AFC Champions League quarter-final first leg on Monday.
Al-Ahli and Al Ain were the victors in Monday's AFC Champions League last-16 action.
Asian player of the year Omar Abdulrahman scored a brilliant double as Al Ain thrashed Esteghlal 6-1 to storm into the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.
Al Ain took a big step toward the knockout stages in Group C, while Al Hilal became the first team to book their ticket for the next round.
Esteghlal and Zob Ahan were the winnning teams in Monday's AFC Champions League action, the former taking control of Group A.