2013 AFC Champions League

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2013 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 9 February – 9 November 2013
Teams 35 (from 10 associations)
Final positions
Champions China Guangzhou Evergrande (1st title)
Runners-up South Korea FC Seoul
Tournament statistics
Matches played 129
Goals scored 349 (2.71 per match)
Attendance 2,021,025 (15,667 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Muriqui
(13 goals)
Best player Brazil Muriqui
2012
2014

The 2013 AFC Champions League was the 32nd edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 11th under the current AFC Champions League title. The defending champions, Ulsan Hyundai, failed to qualify for the tournament.

In the final, Chinese team Guangzhou Evergrande defeated South Korean team FC Seoul on away goals to win their first title,[1] becoming the first Chinese team to win the AFC Champions League (and the second Chinese team to be crowned Asian club champions after Liaoning FC), and qualified for the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.[2]

Allocation of entries per association[edit]

The AFC laid out the procedure for deciding the participating associations and the allocation of slots, with inspection of the associations interested in participating in the AFC Champions League to be done in 2012, and the final decision to be made by the AFC in November 2012.[3]

The following criteria for participation in the AFC Champions League were proposed by the AFC in July 2012:[4]

  • The member association (MA) has to acquire a minimum number of 600 points out of a possible 1000 according to the AFC evaluating system to qualify for participation.
  • The slots for each eligible MA are decided based on the points ranking of the MAs:
    • The top two ranked MAs in both the East and West zones get four direct slots each.
    • The third-ranked MAs get three direct and one play-off slot.
    • The fourth-ranked MAs get two direct and one play-off slot.
    • The fifth-ranked MAs get one direct and one play-off slot.
    • The sixth, seventh and eighth-ranked MAs get only a play-off slot each.
  • The maximum number of slots for each MA is one-third of the total number of clubs in the top division (e.g., Australia can only get a maximum of three total slots as there are only nine Australia-based clubs in the A-League).

On 29 November 2012, the AFC Executive Committee approved the slots for the 2013 edition of the AFC Champions League.[5] However, this final allocation of slots did not fully follow the proposal above.[6]

Evaluation for 2013 AFC Champions League
Fulfills criteria (> 600 points)
Does not fulfill criteria, but allocated slots
Does not fulfill criteria, not allocated slots
Notes
  1. ^ a b c One of the two group stage direct entrants from Uzbekistan was moved to the East Asia Zone.

Teams[edit]

The following teams entered the competition.

In the following table, the number of appearances and last appearance count only those since the 2002–03 season (including qualifying rounds), when the competition was rebranded as the AFC Champions League.

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition was as follows (all draws held at AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).[7]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying play-off Round 1 6 December 2012[8] 9 February 2013
Group stage Matchday 1 26–27 February 2013
Matchday 2 12–13 March 2013
Matchday 3 2–3 April 2013
Matchday 4 9–10 April 2013
Matchday 5 23–24 April 2013
Matchday 6 30 April–1 May 2013
Knock-out stage Round of 16 14–15 May 2013 21–22 May 2013
Quarter-finals 20 June 2013[9] 21 August 2013 18 September 2013
Semi-finals 25 September 2013 2 October 2013
Final 25 or 26 October 2013 8 or 9 November 2013

Format changes[edit]

The following changes in the format of the competition were made compared with the previous year:

  • Losers of the AFC Champions League qualifying play-off did not participate in the AFC Cup.
  • The round of 16 was played over two legs on a home-and-away basis instead of as a single match.[5]
  • The final was played over two legs on a home-and-away basis instead of as a single match.[10]

Qualifying play-off[edit]

The draw for the qualifying play-off was held on 6 December 2012.[11] Each tie was played as a single match, with extra time and penalty shoot-out used to decide the winner if necessary. The winners of each tie advanced to the group stage to join the 29 automatic qualifiers.[2]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia Zone
Saba Qom Iran 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(3–5 p)
United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab Al-Arabi
Al-Nasr United Arab Emirates 3–2 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
East Asia Zone
Buriram United Thailand 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(3–0 p)[B]
Australia Brisbane Roar
Notes
  1. ^ Brisbane Roar was given home advantage in the original draw, but the match was later switched to be hosted by Buriram United per agreement between the two teams due to rescheduling of the match from the original date.[12]

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on 6 December 2012.[11] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four. Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same group. Each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the round of 16.

Tiebreakers

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[2]

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned (away goals do not apply)
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches
  6. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play
  7. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  8. Drawing of lots

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 6 4 1 1 7 5 +2 13
Qatar El Jaish 6 3 2 1 14 9 +5 11
United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 6 1 2 3 7 10 −3 5
Iran Tractor Sazi 6 1 1 4 8 12 −4 4
  JAZ SHB JSH TRA
Al-Jazira 1–1 1−1 2–0
Al-Shabab 2–1 2–0 1–0
El Jaish 3–1 3–0 3–3
Tractor Sazi 3–1 0−1 2–4

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qatar Lekhwiya 6 3 2 1 10 7 +3 11
United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab Al-Arabi 6 3 0 3 8 9 −1 9
Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq 6 2 1 3 6 5 +1 7
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 6 2 1 3 6 9 −3 7
  ETT SHA LEK PAK
Al-Ettifaq 4–1 0–0 2–0
Al-Shabab Al-Arabi 1−0 3–1 0–1
Lekhwiya 2−0 2–1 3−1
Pakhtakor 1–0 1−2 2–2
Tiebreakers
  • Al-Ettifaq are ranked ahead of Pakhtakor on head-to-head record.

Group C[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 6 4 2 0 16 8 +8 14
Qatar Al-Gharafa 6 3 1 2 13 11 +2 10
Iran Sepahan 6 3 0 3 12 13 −1 9
United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 6 0 1 5 7 16 −9 1
  AHL GHA NAS SEP
Al-Ahli 2–0 2−2 4−1
Al-Gharafa 2–2 3−1 3–1
Al-Nasr 1–2 2–4 1–2
Sepahan 2–4 3–1 3–0

Group D[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Iran Esteghlal 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 6 4 0 2 10 6 +4 12
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 6 2 0 4 6 9 −3 6
Qatar Al-Rayyan 6 1 1 4 7 14 −7 4
  AIN HIL RAY EST
Al-Ain 3–1 2–1 0–1
Al-Hilal 2–0 3–1 1–2
Al-Rayyan 2–1 0–2 3–3
Esteghlal 2–0 0–1 3–0

Group E[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
South Korea FC Seoul 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 11
Thailand Buriram United 6 1 4 1 6 6 0 7
China Jiangsu Sainty 6 2 1 3 5 10 −5 7
Japan Vegalta Sendai 6 1 3 2 5 6 −1 6
  BUR SEO JIA SEN
Buriram United 0–0 2–0 1–1
FC Seoul 2–2 5–1 2–1
Jiangsu Sainty 2–0 0–2 0–0
Vegalta Sendai 1–1 1–0 1–2
Tiebreakers
  • Buriram United and Jiangsu Sainty are tied on head-to-head record, and so are ranked by overall goal difference.

Group F[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
China Guangzhou Evergrande 6 3 2 1 14 5 +9 11
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 2 4 0 10 6 +4 10
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 6 3 1 2 11 11 0 10
Thailand Muangthong United 6 0 1 5 4 17 −13 1
  GUA JEO MUA URA
Guangzhou Evergrande 0–0 4–0 3–0
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–1 2–0 2–2
Muangthong United 1–4 2–2 0–1
Urawa Red Diamonds 3–2 1–3 4–1
Tiebreakers
  • Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors are ranked ahead of Urawa Red Diamonds on head-to-head record.

Group G[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 6 2 4 0 6 3 +3 10
China Beijing Guoan 6 2 3 1 4 2 +2 9
South Korea Pohang Steelers 6 1 4 1 5 6 −1 7
Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6 0 3 3 2 6 −4 3
  BEI BUN POH HIR
Beijing Guoan 0–1 2–0 2–1
Bunyodkor 0–0 2–2 0–0
Pohang Steelers 0–0 1–1 1–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0–0 0–2 0–1

Group H[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Japan Kashiwa Reysol 6 4 2 0 14 4 +10 14
Australia Central Coast Mariners 6 2 1 3 5 9 −4 7
China Guizhou Renhe 6 1 3 2 6 7 −1 6
South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 6 0 4 2 4 9 −5 4
  CCM GUI KSW SUW
Central Coast Mariners 2–1 0–3 0–0
Guizhou Renhe 2–1 0–1 2–2
Kashiwa Reysol 3–1 1–1 0–0
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0–1 0–0 2–6

Knock-out stage[edit]

In the knock-out stage, the 16 teams played a single-elimination tournament. Each tie was played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. The away goals rule, extra time (away goals do not apply in extra time) and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary.[2]

Bracket[edit]

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                             
 Qatar El Jaish 1 0 1  
 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1 2 3  
   Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1 0 1  
   South Korea FC Seoul 1 1 2  
 China Beijing Guoan 0 1 1
 South Korea FC Seoul 0 3 3  
   South Korea FC Seoul 2 2 4  
   Iran Esteghlal 0 2 2  
 United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab Al-Arabi 2 0 2  
 Iran Esteghlal 4 0 4  
   Iran Esteghlal 1 2 3
   Thailand Buriram United 0 1 1  
 Thailand Buriram United 2 0 2
 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 1 0 1  
   South Korea FC Seoul 2 1 3
   China Guangzhou Evergrande (a) 2 1 3
 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0 2 2  
 Japan Kashiwa Reysol 2 3 5  
   Japan Kashiwa Reysol (a) 1 2 3
   Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 1 2 3  
 Qatar Al-Gharafa 1 0 1
 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 2 3 5  
   Japan Kashiwa Reysol 1 0 1
   China Guangzhou Evergrande 4 4 8  
 Australia Central Coast Mariners 1 0 1  
 China Guangzhou Evergrande 2 3 5  
   China Guangzhou Evergrande 2 4 6
   Qatar Lekhwiya 0 1 1  
 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0 2 2
 Qatar Lekhwiya 1 2 3  

Round of 16[edit]

In the round of 16, the winners of one group played the runners-up of another group in the same zone, with the group winners hosting the second leg.[2]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Asia Zone
Al-Gharafa Qatar 1–5 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 1–2 0–3
El Jaish Qatar 1–3 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1–1 0–2
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 2–3 Qatar Lekhwiya 0–1 2–2
Al-Shabab Al-Arabi United Arab Emirates 2–4 Iran Esteghlal 2–4 0–0
East Asia Zone
Beijing Guoan China 1–3 South Korea FC Seoul 0–0 1–3
Buriram United Thailand 2–1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 2–1 0−0
Central Coast Mariners Australia 1–5 China Guangzhou Evergrande 1–2 0–3
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea 2–5 Japan Kashiwa Reysol 0–2 2–3

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final (to decide the order of two legs) was held on 20 June 2013.[13] In this draw, teams from different zones could play each other, and the "country protection" rule was applied: if there are exactly two teams from the same association, they may not play each other in the quarter-finals; however, if there are more than two teams from the same association, they may play each other in the quarter-finals.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia 1–2 South Korea FC Seoul 1–1 0–1
Esteghlal Iran 3–1 Thailand Buriram United 1–0 2–1
Kashiwa Reysol Japan 3–3 (a) Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 1–1 2–2
Guangzhou Evergrande China 6–1 Qatar Lekhwiya 2–0 4–1

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
FC Seoul South Korea 4–2 Iran Esteghlal 2–0 2–2
Kashiwa Reysol Japan 1–8 China Guangzhou Evergrande 1–4 0–4

Final[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
FC Seoul South Korea 3–3 (a) China Guangzhou Evergrande 2–2 1–1

Awards[edit]

Award Player Team
Most Valuable Player[14] Brazil Muriqui China Guangzhou Evergrande
Top Goalscorer[14] Brazil Muriqui China Guangzhou Evergrande
Fair Play Award South Korea FC Seoul
AFC Champions League 2013 Dream Team[15]
Starting XI
Pos. Player Team
GK South Korea Kim Yong-Dae South Korea FC Seoul
DF China Zhang Linpeng China Guangzhou Evergrande
DF Iran Hanif Omranzadeh Iran Esteghlal
DF Japan Daisuke Suzuki Japan Kashiwa Reysol
DF China Sun Xiang China Guangzhou Evergrande
MF China Zheng Zhi China Guangzhou Evergrande
MF Argentina Darío Conca China Guangzhou Evergrande
MF Iran Javad Nekounam Iran Esteghlal
FW Brazil Muriqui China Guangzhou Evergrande
FW Montenegro Dejan Damjanović South Korea FC Seoul
FW Brazil Elkeson China Guangzhou Evergrande
Substitutes
GK Japan Takanori Sugeno Japan Kashiwa Reysol
DF South Korea Kwak Tae-Hwi Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
DF Thailand Theeraton Bunmathan Thailand Buriram United
DF South Korea Kim Jin-Kyu South Korea FC Seoul
MF South Korea Ha Dae-Sung South Korea FC Seoul
MF Brazil Jorge Wagner Japan Kashiwa Reysol
FW Japan Masato Kudo Japan Kashiwa Reysol

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Team MD1 MD2 MD3 MD4 MD5 MD6 2R1 2R2 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2   F1     F2   Total
1 Brazil Muriqui China Guangzhou Evergrande 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 13
2 Argentina Darío Conca China Guangzhou Evergrande 2 1 1 1 2 1 8
3 Montenegro Dejan Damjanović South Korea FC Seoul 2 1 1 1 1 1 7
Brazil Wagner Ribeiro Qatar El Jaish 2 2 3 7
5 Brazil Elkeson China Guangzhou Evergrande 1 2 1 1 1 6
Japan Masato Kudo Japan Kashiwa Reysol 2 1 1 1 1 6
7 Saudi Arabia Mustafa Al-Bassas Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1 2 1 4
Oman Amad Al Hosni Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2 1 1 4
France Djibril Cissé Qatar Al-Gharafa 2 1 1 4
Brazil Edgar United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab Al-Arabi 1 1 1 1 4
Tunisia Youssef Msakni Qatar Lekhwiya 1 1 1 1 4
Qatar Sebastián Soria Qatar Lekhwiya 1 2 1 4
Argentina Sebastián Tagliabué Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 1 1 2 4
South Korea Yun Il-Lok South Korea FC Seoul 2 1 1 4

Note: Goals scored in qualifying play-off not counted.[16]

Source:[17][18]

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