2014 AFC Champions League

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2014 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 29 January – 1 November 2014
Teams 47 (from 19 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 127
Goals scored 354 (2.79 per match)
Attendance 1,603,938 (12,629 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ghana Asamoah Gyan
(10 goals)
2013
2015

The 2014 AFC Champions League is the 33rd edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 12th under the current AFC Champions League title. The winner will qualify for the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup.[1] Guangzhou Evergrande are the defending champions.

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 2013, and the final decision to be made by the AFC on 26 November 2013.[2]

The AFC Competitions Committee proposed the following participating criteria for the 2014–2016 editions of the AFC Champions League on 12 March 2013:[3]

  • The top 23 member associations (MAs) as per the AFC rankings can apply either for direct slots or play-off slots.[4] The interested MAs are given points and ranked according to the AFC evaluating system.
  • In both the East and West zones, there are a total of 14 direct slots in the group stage, with the 2 remaining slots filled through play-offs.
  • The top five MAs in both the East and West zones, if they acquire a minimum of 600 points, get direct slots in the group stage, while the remaining MAs, if they meet the minimum requirements, get play-off slots. The following scheme of allocating slots was approved by the AFC for the 2014–16 tournaments:[5]
    • 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 two play-off slots.
    • The fifth-ranked MAs get one direct and two play-off slots.
    • The sixth- to eleventh-ranked MAs each get one play-off slot.
  • 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).
  • The AFC Cup winners and runners-up are given a play-off slot, regardless of their respective MA's rank, as long as the club meets the minimum criteria. If they have already qualified based on domestic performance, the slot is given to the next eligible club in its MA, as long as the club meets the minimum criteria.

On 26 November 2013, the AFC Executive Committee approved the slots for the 2014 edition of the AFC Champions League.[6][7]

Evaluation for 2014 AFC Champions League
Fulfills criteria (> 600 points)
Does not fulfill criteria, but allocated slots
Not assessed, but allocated slots
Notes
  1. ^ a b c The play-off entrant from India is moved to the East Asia Zone.
  2. ^ Kuwait got one play-off slot based on the AFC Champions League evaluation. Moreover, Al-Kuwait and Al-Qadsia were the 2013 AFC Cup winners and runners-up respectively, and were given play-off slots. However, since they were the only two Kuwaiti clubs which passed the club licensing requirements, Kuwait only had two teams entering the qualifying play-off.[7][8]

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.

Notes
  1. ^ Bahrain (BHR): Al-Hidd were chosen to represent Bahrain in the AFC Champions League as they passed the club licensing requirements.[9]
  2. ^ India (IND): Pune were chosen to represent India in the AFC Champions League as they passed the club licensing requirements.[10]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws held at AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).[11]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying play-off Round 1 N/A 2 February 2014
Round 2 8 February 2014
Round 3 15 February 2014
Group stage Matchday 1 10 December 2013[12] 25–26 February 2014
Matchday 2 11–12 March 2014
Matchday 3 18–19 March 2014
Matchday 4 1–2 April 2014
Matchday 5 15–16 April 2014
Matchday 6 22–23 April 2014
Knock-out stage Round of 16 6–7 May 2014 13–14 May 2014
Quarter-finals 28 May 2014[13] 19–20 August 2014 26–27 August 2014
Semi-finals 16–17 September 2014 30 September–1 October 2014
Final 25 October 2014 1 November 2014

On 25 November 2013, the AFC Competitions Committee proposed to continue to play the final over two legs on a home-and-away basis (instead of reverting to playing the final as a single match as original proposed),[3][14] and to split the competition on zonal basis to guarantee an East vs West final for the next three years.[15]

Qualifying play-off[edit]

The bracket for the qualifying play-off was determined by the AFC based on the association ranking of each team, with teams from the higher-ranked associations entering at later rounds.[7] Teams from the same association may not play each other in the qualifying play-off.[16] Each tie was played as a single match, with the team from the higher-ranked association hosting the match. Extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary. The winners of each tie in round 3 advanced to the group stage to join the 28 automatic qualifiers. All losers of each round from associations with only play-off slots entered the 2014 AFC Cup group stage.[1]

Round 1[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia Zone
Al-Suwaiq Oman 0–1 Kuwait Al-Qadsia
Shabab Al-Ordon Jordan 1–3 (a.e.t.) Bahrain Al-Hidd
Al-Kuwait Kuwait 1–0 Iraq Al-Shorta
East Asia Zone
Tampines Rovers Singapore 1–2 (a.e.t.) Hong Kong South China
Pune India 0–3 Vietnam Hà Nội T&T

Round 2[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia Zone
Baniyas United Arab Emirates 0–4 Kuwait Al-Qadsia
El Jaish Qatar 5–1 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
Lekhwiya Qatar 2–1 Bahrain Al-Hidd
Lokomotiv Tashkent Uzbekistan 1–3 Kuwait Al-Kuwait
East Asia Zone
Chonburi Thailand 3–0 Hong Kong South China
Muangthong United Thailand 2–0 Vietnam Hà Nội T&T

Round 3[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia Zone
El Jaish Qatar 3–0 Kuwait Al-Qadsia
Lekhwiya Qatar 4–1 Kuwait Al-Kuwait
East Asia Zone
Beijing Guoan China 4–0 Thailand Chonburi
Melbourne Victory Australia 2–1 Thailand Muangthong United

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on 10 December 2013.[17] 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:[1]

  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 5 0 1 12 8 +4 15
United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 6 3 1 2 12 10 +2 10
Iran Esteghlal 6 2 1 3 7 7 0 7
Qatar Al-Rayyan 6 1 0 5 9 15 −6 3
  JAZ RAY SHB EST
Al-Jazira 3–2 1–2 0–1
Al-Rayyan 2–3 0–2 1–0
Al-Shabab 1–3 4–3 2–1
Esteghlal 2–2 3–1 0–1

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Iran Foolad 6 4 2 0 11 3 +8 14
Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8
Qatar El Jaish 6 2 2 2 6 6 0 8
Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh 6 0 2 4 3 11 −8 2
  FAT BUN JSH FLD
Al-Fateh 0–0 0–0 1–5
Bunyodkor 3–2 1–2 1–1
El Jaish 2–0 1–2 0–0
Foolad 1–0 1–0 3–1
Tiebreakers
  • Bunyodkor and El-Jaish are tied on head-to-head record and overall goal difference, and so are ranked on overall goals scored.

Group C[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 6 3 2 1 14 7 +7 11
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10
Qatar Lekhwiya 6 2 1 3 5 10 −5 7
Iran Tractor Sazi 6 1 2 3 4 8 −4 5
  AIN ITT LEK TRA
Al-Ain 1–1 2–1 3–1
Al-Ittihad 2–1 3–1 2–0
Lekhwiya 0–5 2–0 0–0
Tractor Sazi 2–2 1–0 0–1

Group D[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 6 2 3 1 12 7 +5 9
Qatar Al-Sadd 6 2 2 2 8 14 −6 8
United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 6 1 4 1 6 6 0 7
Iran Sepahan 6 2 1 3 9 8 +1 7
  AHL HIL SAD SEP
Al-Ahli 0–0 1–1 0–0
Al-Hilal 2–2 5–0 1–0
Al-Sadd 2–1 2–2 3–1
Sepahan 1–2 3–2 4–0
Tiebreakers
  • Al-Ahli and Sepahan are ranked on head-to-head record.

Group E[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
South Korea Pohang Steelers 6 3 3 0 11 6 +5 12
Japan Cerezo Osaka 6 2 2 2 10 9 +1 8
Thailand Buriram United 6 1 3 2 5 9 −4 6
China Shandong Luneng Taishan 6 1 2 3 9 11 −2 5
  BUR CER POH SHD
Buriram United 2–2 1–2 1–0
Cerezo Osaka 4–0 0–2 1–3
Pohang Steelers 0–0 1–1 2–2
Shandong Luneng Taishan 1–1 1–2 2–4

Group F[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
South Korea FC Seoul 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11
Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9
China Beijing Guoan 6 1 3 2 7 8 −1 6
Australia Central Coast Mariners 6 2 0 4 4 7 −3 6
  BEI CCM SEO HIR
Beijing Guoan 2–1 1–1 2–2
Central Coast Mariners 1–0 0–1 2–1
FC Seoul 2–1 2–0 2–2
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–1 1–0 2–1
Tiebreakers
  • Beijing Guoan and Central Coast Mariners are tied on head-to-head record, and so are ranked by overall goal difference.

Group G[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
China Guangzhou Evergrande 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 2 2 2 8 7 +1 8
Australia Melbourne Victory 6 2 2 2 9 9 0 8
Japan Yokohama F. Marinos 6 2 1 3 7 10 −3 7
  GUA JEO MEL YFM
Guangzhou Evergrande 3–1 4–2 2–1
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–0 0–0 3–0
Melbourne Victory 2–0 2–2 1–0
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–1 2–1 3–2
Tiebreakers
  • Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Melbourne Victory are tied on head-to-head record, and so are ranked by overall goal difference.

Group H[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 6 4 0 2 11 5 +6 12
Japan Kawasaki Frontale 6 4 0 2 7 5 +2 12
South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 6 2 1 3 8 10 −2 7
China Guizhou Renhe 6 1 1 4 4 10 −6 4
  GUI KAW ULS WSW
Guizhou Renhe 0–1 3–1 0–1
Kawasaki Frontale 1–0 3–1 2–1
Ulsan Hyundai 1–1 2–0 0–2
Western Sydney Wanderers 5–0 1–0 1–3
Tiebreakers
  • Western Sydney Wanderers and Kawasaki Frontale are tied on head-to-head record, and so are ranked by overall goal difference.

Knock-out stage[edit]

In the knock-out stage, the 16 teams play a single-elimination tournament, with the teams split between the two zones until the final. Each tie is 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 are used to decide the winner if necessary.[1]

Bracket[edit]

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                             
 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1 0 1  
 South Korea Pohang Steelers 2 1 3  
   South Korea Pohang Steelers  
   South Korea FC Seoul  
 Japan Kawasaki Frontale 2 2 4
 South Korea FC Seoul (a) 3 1 4  
   South Korea Winner QF3  
   Winner QF4  
 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3 0 3  
 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers (a) 1 2 3  
   Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
   China Guangzhou Evergrande  
 Japan Cerezo Osaka 1 1 2
 China Guangzhou Evergrande 5 0 5  
   Winner SF2
   Winner SF1
 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 0 0 0  
 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1 3 4  
   Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
   Qatar Al-Sadd  
 Qatar Al-Sadd (a) 0 2 2
 Iran Foolad 0 2 2  
   Winner QF1
   Winner QF2  
 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 1 1 2  
 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 2 2 4  
   United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
   Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad  
 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 1 3 4
 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 0 1 1  

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.[1]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Asia Zone
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 4–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 1–0 3–1
Al-Jazira United Arab Emirates 2–4 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 1–2 1–2
Al-Sadd Qatar 2–2 (a) Iran Foolad 0–0 2–2
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 0–4 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0–1 0–3
East Asia Zone
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea 1–3 South Korea Pohang Steelers 1–2 0–1
Cerezo Osaka Japan 2–5 China Guangzhou Evergrande 1–5 1–0
Kawasaki Frontale Japan 4–4 (a) South Korea FC Seoul 2–3 2–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Japan 3–3 (a) Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 3–1 0–2

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 28 May 2014.[18] The "country protection" rule was not applied, so teams from the same association could be drawn into the same tie.[19]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Asia Zone
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia QF1 Qatar Al-Sadd 19 Aug 26 Aug
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates QF2 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 19 Aug 26 Aug
East Asia Zone
Pohang Steelers South Korea QF3 South Korea FC Seoul 20 Aug 27 Aug
Western Sydney Wanderers Australia QF4 China Guangzhou Evergrande 20 Aug 27 Aug

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Asia Zone
Winner QF1 SF1 Winner QF2 16 Sep 30 Sep
East Asia Zone
Winner QF3 South Korea SF2 Winner QF4 17 Sep 1 Oct

Final[edit]

The draw to decide the order of two legs of the final was held after the quarter-final draw.[18]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Winner SF2 Winner SF1 25 Oct 1 Nov

Top scorers[edit]

Note: Players and teams in bold are still active in the competition.

Rank Player Team MD1 MD2 MD3 MD4 MD5 MD6 2R1 2R2 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2   F1     F2   Total
1 Ghana Asamoah Gyan United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 10
2 Saudi Arabia Nasser Al-Shamrani Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2 3 1 1 7
3 Saudi Arabia Mokhtar Fallatah Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2 1 1 1 1 6
Brazil Chimba Iran Foolad 1 3 2 6
5 Brazil Elkeson China Guangzhou Evergrande 1 2 2 5
South Korea Kim Seung-dae South Korea Pohang Steelers 1 1 1 1 1 5
Brazil Vágner Love China Shandong Luneng Taishan 2 2 1 5
8 Algeria Nadir Belhadj Qatar Al-Sadd 1 1 1 1 4
Iran Mehdi Sharifi Iran Sepahan 1 1 2 4
Japan Yoichiro Kakitani Japan Cerezo Osaka 1 1 1 1 4
Nigeria Kalu Uche Qatar Al-Rayyan 1 1 2 4
Brazil Nilmar Qatar El Jaish 2 1 1 4
Morocco Abdelaziz Barrada United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 1 2 1 4

Note: Goals scored in qualifying play-off not counted (see regulations, Article 74c).[20]

Source:[21][22]

See also[edit]

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