2012 AFC Champions League knockout stage

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Free kick for Al-Ittihad (2004 & 2005 AFC winner) against Persepolis. That match ended 3-0.

The 2012 AFC Champions League knockout stage was contested by a total of 16 teams (8 from West Asia Zone and 8 from East Asia Zone). They included the 8 group winners and the 8 group runners-up from the group stage.

Each round of this single-elimination tournament was played over one or two matches. In the round of 16, each tie was played in one match, hosted by the winners of each group against the runners-up of another group. In the quarter-finals and semi-finals, each tie was played over two legs on a home-and-away basis. The final was hosted by one of the finalists, decided by draw. The away goals rule (for two-legged ties), extra time (away goals do not apply in extra time) and penalty shootout would be used to decide the winner if necessary.[1]

The matchups for the round of 16 were decided based on the results from the group stage.[2] After the completion of the round of 16, the draw for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final was held at the AFC house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 June 2012, 16:00 UTC+08:00.[3] In this draw, the "country protection" rule was applied: if there are exactly two clubs from the same country, they may not face each other in the quarter-finals; however, if there are more than two clubs from the same country, they may face each other in the quarter-finals.

Qualified teams[edit]

Group Winners Runners-up
A United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira Iran Esteghlal
B Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad United Arab Emirates Baniyas
C Iran Sepahan Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
D Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Iran Persepolis
E Australia Adelaide United Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
F South Korea Ulsan Hyundai Japan FC Tokyo
G South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Japan Nagoya Grampus
H China Guangzhou Evergrande Japan Kashiwa Reysol

Bracket[edit]

While the bracket below shows the entire knockout stage, the draw for the round of 16 matches was determined at the time of the group draw, and kept teams from West Asia Zone and East Asia Zone completely separate for that round.

The draw for the quarter-finals and beyond was held separately, after the conclusion of the round of 16.

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                     
 Australia Adelaide United 1  
 Japan Nagoya Grampus 0  
   Australia Adelaide United 2 2 4  
   Uzbekistan Bunyodkor (a.e.t.) 2 3 5  
 South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa 0
 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 1  
   Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 1 0 1  
   South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 3 2 5  
 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 3  
 Japan Kashiwa Reysol 2  
   South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 1 4 5
   Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0 0 0  
 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 7
 United Arab Emirates Baniyas 1  
   South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 3
   Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 0
 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 3  
 Iran Persepolis 0  
   Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 4 1 5
   China Guangzhou Ev. 2 2 4  
 China Guangzhou Ev. 1
 Japan FC Tokyo 0  
   Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 1 0 1
   Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 0 2 2  
 Iran Sepahan 2  
 Iran Esteghlal 0  
   Iran Sepahan 0 1 1
   Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 0 4 4  
 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 3(2)
 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli (p) 3(4)  

Round of 16[edit]

The matches were played 22 and 23 May (West Asia Zone) and 29 and 30 May 2012 (East Asia Zone).[4][5]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Al-Jazira United Arab Emirates 3–3 (a.e.t.)
(2–4 p)
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Sepahan Iran 2–0 Iran Esteghlal
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 3–0 Iran Persepolis
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 7–1 United Arab Emirates Baniyas
Adelaide United Australia 1–0 Japan Nagoya Grampus
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma South Korea 0–1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Ulsan Hyundai South Korea 3–2 Japan Kashiwa Reysol
Guangzhou Evergrande China 1–0 Japan FC Tokyo

Matches[edit]

22 May 2012
19:45 UTC+04:00
Al-Jazira United Arab Emirates 3–3 (a.e.t.) Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Oliveira Goal 33'114'
Delgado Goal 62'
Report Camacho Goal 22'
Al Hosni Goal 75'
Simões Goal 118'
  Penalties  
Oliveira Penalty missed
Berghush Penalty scored
Ismaeel Penalty scored
Neill Penalty missed
2–4 Penalty scored Camacho
Penalty scored Mayof
Penalty scored Al-Fahmi
Penalty missed Palomino
Penalty scored Simões
Mohamed Bin Zayid Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 13,355
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

22 May 2012
20:30 UTC+04:30
Sepahan Iran 2–0 Iran Esteghlal
Correa Goal 8'
Bengar Goal 34'
Report

23 May 2012
21:10 UTC+03:00
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 3–0 Iran Persepolis
Hazazi Goal 36' (pen.)
Abdelghani Goal 45+1'
Otaif Goal 87'
Report

23 May 2012
21:10 UTC+03:00
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 7–1 United Arab Emirates Baniyas
Yoo Byung-Soo Goal 23'38'53'61'
Wilhelmsson Goal 26'59'
Al-Dawsari Goal 86'
Report Yeste Goal 57' (pen.)

29 May 2012
19:30 UTC+09:30
Adelaide United Australia 1–0 Japan Nagoya Grampus
McKain Goal 42' Report

29 May 2012
19:30 UTC+09:00
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma South Korea 0–1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Report Karimov Goal 53' (pen.)
Tancheon Sports Complex, Seongnam
Attendance: 3,808
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

30 May 2012
19:30 UTC+09:00
Ulsan Hyundai South Korea 3–2 Japan Kashiwa Reysol
Kim Shin-Wook Goal 54'
Kondo Goal 71' (o.g.)
Lee Keun-Ho Goal 88'
Report Leandro Domingues Goal 66'
Tanaka Goal 90+2'

30 May 2012
20:00 UTC+08:00
Guangzhou Evergrande China 1–0 Japan FC Tokyo
Cléo Goal 31' Report
Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou
Attendance: 39,560
Referee: Abdullah Balideh (Qatar)

Quarter-finals[edit]

The first legs were played 19 September 2012, and the second legs were played 2 and 3 October 2012.[4]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 5–4 China Guangzhou Evergrande 4–2 1–2
Sepahan Iran 1–4 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 0–0 1–4
Adelaide United Australia 4–5 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 2–2 2–3 (a.e.t.)
Ulsan Hyundai South Korea 5–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1–0 4–0

First legs[edit]

19 September 2012
19:30 UTC+09:30
Adelaide United Australia 2–2 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Ramsay Goal 7'
Kostopoulos Goal 16'
Report Hasanov Goal 44'
Salomov Goal 75'
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 10,366
Referee: Abdullah Al Hilali (Oman)

19 September 2012
19:30 UTC+09:00
Ulsan Hyundai South Korea 1–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Rafinha Goal 10' Report
Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium, Ulsan
Attendance: 5,955
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

19 September 2012
20:30 UTC+04:30
Sepahan Iran 0–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Report
Foolad Shahr Stadium, Isfahan
Attendance: 9,280
Referee: Liu Kwok Man (Hong Kong)

19 September 2012
20:35 UTC+03:00
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 4–2 China Guangzhou Evergrande
Diego Souza Goal 28'
Noor Goal 49' (pen.)
Hazazi Goal 61'88'
Report Gao Lin Goal 27'
Huang Bowen Goal 39'

Second legs[edit]

2 October 2012
20:00 UTC+08:00
Guangzhou Evergrande China 2–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Barrios Goal 19'
Conca Goal 35' (pen.)
Report F. Al-Muwallad Goal 79'
Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou
Attendance: 39,997
Referee: Kim Dong-Jin (Korea Republic)

Al-Ittihad won 5–4 on aggregate.


2 October 2012
20:15 UTC+03:00
Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia 4–1 Iran Sepahan
Simões Goal 30' (pen.)
Al Hosni Goal 35'45+1'
Jaizawi Goal 70'
Report Talebi Goal 37'

Al-Ahli won 4–1 on aggregate.


3 October 2012
19:00 UTC+05:00
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 3–2 (a.e.t.) Australia Adelaide United
Turaev Goal 20'
Shorakhmedov Goal 72'
Rakhmatullaev Goal 114'
Report Ramsay Goal 4'
Neumann Goal 63'
JAR Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 7,212
Referee: Ali Abdulnabi (Bahrain)

Bunyodkor won 5–4 on aggregate.


3 October 2012
20:10 UTC+03:00
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 0–4 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
Report Rafinha Goal 24'27'
Kim Shin-Wook Goal 54'
Lee Keun-Ho Goal 65'

Ulsan Hyundai won 5–0 on aggregate.

Semi-finals[edit]

The first legs were played 22 and 24 October 2012, and the second legs were played 31 October 2012.[4]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 1–2 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1–0 0–2
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 1–5 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 1–3 0–2

First legs[edit]

22 October 2012
20:00 UTC+03:00
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 1–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Hazazi Goal 67' Report

24 October 2012
18:00 UTC+05:00
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 1–3 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
Ibrokhimov Goal 5' Report Rafinha Goal 31'
Kim Shin-Wook Goal 53'
Lee Keun-Ho Goal 72'
JAR Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Ali Al Badwawi (UAE)

Second legs[edit]

31 October 2012
19:30 UTC+09:00
Ulsan Hyundai South Korea 2–0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Kim Shin-Wook Goal 53'
Lee Keun-Ho Goal 75'
Report

Ulsan Hyundai won 5–1 on aggregate.


31 October 2012
20:00 UTC+03:00
Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia 2–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Al-Musa Goal 44'
Simões Goal 84'
Report

Al-Ahli won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

The final of the 2012 AFC Champions League was hosted by one of the finalists, decided by a draw.[1] According to the draw on 14 June 2012, the winner of semi-final 2 would host the final.[6] Therefore, Ulsan Hyundai was the home team.

10 November 2012
19:30 UTC+09:00
Ulsan Hyundai South Korea 3–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Kwak Tae-Hwi Goal 13'
Rafinha Goal 68'
Kim Seung-Yong Goal 75'
Report

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