11/10/2018 8:40:18 PM (GMT+3)

Al Sadd's Bounedjah bags top scorer award in AFC Champions League

Al Sadd

DOHA: Al Sadd striker Baghdad Bounedjah won the AFC Champions League top scorer award after the Algerian's 13 goals saw him finish ahead of Suwon Samsung Bluewings' Dejan Damjanovic and Al Duhail's Yousef El Arabi.

The Algerian international matched the all-time single tournament record held by Muriqui, who netted the same tally by the conclusion of Guangzhou Evergrande's 2013 campaign.

However, unlike Muriqui who lifted the continental title with the Chinese Super League side, with Sadd eliminated from the tournament in the semi-finals by Persepolis, Bounedjah’s involvement in the 2018 edition was brought to an end at the penultimate stage.

But he remained on top of the scoring charts ahead of Saturday’s final between Persepolis and Kashima Antlers with Ali Alipour of the former and Serginho of the latter the closest active scorers – each on five goals prior to kick off – still eight goals behind the Sadd forward.

Annadurdyyev, though, was unable to add to his tally as Air Force Club ran out 2-0 winners and Bounedjah's 13 goals proved enough to confirm him as the top scorer.