FIFA.com reviews the latest AFC Champions League action on a matchday that proved to be a major triumph for Saudi Arabia representatives as Al Ahli and Al Shabab became the first two clubs into the knockout stage.
FIFA.com’s weekly review of club action across Asia and Oceania looks at stumbles for the leaders in Iran, Japan and Korea Republic, while at the other end of the spectrum new kings were crowned in Jordan, Kuwait and Lebanon.
Russian giants CSKA Moscow survived a dramatic second half to progress to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League at the expense of PAOK Salonika.
Marco Ruben's first-half goal proved decisive at El Madrigal as Villarreal beat PAOK Salonika 1-0 to move top of Group D in the UEFA Europa League.
Panathinaikos missed the chance to extend their two-point lead at the top of the table as they fell 2-1 at PAOK Salonika in their third defeat of the season.