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.
Tractor FC struck late to salvage a 3-3 draw against Pakhtakor Tashkent after all six goals were scored in the second half.
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.
Ahmed Musa left Al-Nassr because he wanted to return to top-flight competition in Europe, Nigeria's Super Eagles captain tells ESPN.
While Al Nassr dominated for most of the match, it was Iran's Persepolis FC that won in penalties to advance to the AFC Champions League Finals.
Al Nassr FC and Persepolis both cruised past their opponents to set up a West Zone semifinals clash on Saturday.
A late header from Issa Alekasir was all the scoring Persepolis needed to advance to the West Zone quarterfinals.
The final day of play started with all four teams from Group C still vying for the last two spots in the knockout rounds.
Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr FC on Friday secured a place in the knockout stages of AFC Champions League after a 2-0 win against Sepahan SC.
Atlanta United FC on Monday announced the transfer of All-Star midfielder Gonzalo Martinez to Al-Nassr FC of the Saudi Pro League.
Atlanta United FC president Darren Eales said that Gonzalo "Pity" Martinez is on the verge of a move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr FC.
Nigerian striker said he was disappointed to see 'dream' move to the Premier League end in disappointment - and that he didn't chase the money.
The Morocco wideman has completed a permanent move to the Saudi Arabia top flight after spending two and a half years with the Hornets.
Saudi Arabia striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi will spend three weeks training with Manchester United.
Sydney FC have announced a deal with Polish international winger Adrian Mierzejewski.