2014 AFC Cup

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2014 AFC Cup
Tournament details
Dates 2 February – 18 October 2014
Teams 34 (from 19 associations)
Final positions
Champions Kuwait Al-Qadsia (1st title)
Runners-up Iraq Erbil
Tournament statistics
Matches played 119
Goals scored 369 (3.1 per match)
Attendance 336,085 (2,824 per match)
Top scorer(s) Spain Juan Belencoso
(11 goals)
Best player Kuwait Saif Al Hashan
2013
2015

The 2014 AFC Cup was the 11th edition of the AFC Cup, a football competition organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for clubs from "developing countries" in Asia.[1] Al-Kuwait were the two-time defending champions, but were eliminated by Persipura Jayapura in the quarter-finals.

In the final, Al-Qadsia of Kuwait defeated Erbil of Iraq 4–2 on penalties after a 0–0 draw, to win their first AFC Cup title after losing in the previous year's final.[2] Both finalists qualified for the 2015 AFC Champions League, as long as the club meets the minimum criteria.

Allocation of entries per association[edit]

The AFC laid out the procedure for deciding the participating associations and the allocation of slots, with the final decision to be made by the AFC on 26 November 2013.[3] The following changes to the list of participating associations may be made from the 2013 AFC Cup if the AFC approves the following applications made by any association:

  • An association originally participating in the AFC Cup may apply to participate in the 2014 AFC Champions League. An association may participate in both the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup if it only partially fulfills the AFC Champions League criteria.
  • An association originally participating in the AFC President's Cup may apply to participate in the 2014 AFC Cup.

The following changes in the participating associations were made compared to the previous year:

  • Kyrgyzstan and Palestine clubs' participation were upgraded from the AFC President's Cup to the AFC Cup starting from 2014 by the AFC.[4]

Each participating association was given either two entries to the group stage or one entry to the qualifying play-off, based on the AFC Technical Ranking and the number of associations in each zone.[5]

Evaluation for 2014 AFC Cup
Ranked top 23, allocated two direct slots
Ranked 24–34, allocated two direct slots
Ranked 24–34, allocated one play-off slot

Teams[edit]

The following teams entered the competition. Teams in italics played in the 2014 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off, but failed to advance to the AFC Champions League group stage (had they advanced to the AFC Champions League group stage, they would have been replaced by another team from the same association).

Notes
  1. ^ India (IND): Since the submission deadline came before the Indian Federation Cup, the league runners-up were chosen to represent India in the AFC Cup.[6]
  2. ^ a b Indonesia (IDN): Persipura Jayapura and Arema Cronus, the 2013 Indonesia Super League champions and runners-up respectively, were chosen to represent Indonesia in the AFC Cup.[7]
  3. ^ Malaysia (MAS): Since LionsXII, a side managed by the Football Association of Singapore and thus ineligible to represent Malaysia in continental competition, won the 2013 Malaysia Super League, the league runners-up were chosen to represent Malaysia in the AFC Cup.[8]
  4. ^ Myanmar (MYA): Since the MFF Cup had to be cancelled due to tightness of schedule in preparation for the 2013 Southeast Asian Games, the league runners-up were chosen to represent Myanmar in the AFC Cup.

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition was as follows (all draws held at AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).[5][9]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying play-off Round 1 N/A 2 February 2014
Group stage Matchday 1 10 December 2013[10] 25–26 February 2014
Matchday 2 11–12 March 2014
Matchday 3 18–19 March 2014
Matchday 4 1–2 April 2014
Matchday 5 8–9 April 2014
Matchday 6 22–23 April 2014
Knock-out stage Round of 16 13–14 May 2014
Quarter-finals 28 May 2014[11] 19 August 2014 26 August 2014
Semi-finals 16 September 2014 30 September 2014
Final 18 October 2014

Qualifying play-off[edit]

The bracket for the qualifying play-off was determined by the AFC.[5] Each tie was played as a single match. Extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary. The winners of each tie advanced to the group stage to join the 30 automatic qualifiers.[1]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ravshan Kulob Tajikistan 2–1 Yemen Al-Yarmuk Al-Rawda
Shabab Al-Dhahiriya State of Palestine 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(7–8 p)
Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on 10 December 2013.[12] 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
Lebanon Safa 6 5 1 0 13 1 +12 16
Jordan That Ras 6 3 2 1 9 4 +5 11
Oman Al-Suwaiq 6 2 1 3 8 4 +4 7
Tajikistan Ravshan Kulob 6 0 0 6 5 26 −21 0
  SUW RAV SAF THR
Al-Suwaiq 3–1 0–1 0–0
Ravshan Kulob 0–5 1–2 2–3
Safa 1–0 8–0 1–0
That Ras 1–0 5–1 0–0

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Kuwait Al-Kuwait 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 13
Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 6 2 3 1 4 3 +1 9
Oman Fanja 6 1 3 2 2 6 −4 6
Syria Al-Jaish 6 0 3 3 0 5 −5 3
  JAI KUW NEJ FAN
Al-Jaish 0–2 0–1 0–0
Al-Kuwait 2–0 2–1 4–0
Al-Nejmeh 0–0 1–1 1–0
Fanja 0–0 2–1 0–0

Group C[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Kuwait Al-Qadsia 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 11
Bahrain Al-Hidd 6 3 2 1 10 6 +4 11
Iraq Al-Shorta 6 1 4 1 3 4 −1 7
Syria Al-Wahda 6 0 2 4 5 14 −9 2
  HID QAD SHO WAH
Al-Hidd 3–2 0–0 3–1
Al-Qadsia 2–0 3–0 1–1
Al-Shorta 0–0 0–0 0–0
Al-Wahda 1–4 1–3 1–3
Tiebreakers
  • Al-Qadsia and Al-Hidd are ranked on head-to-head record.

Group D[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Iraq Erbil 6 5 0 1 19 5 +14 15
Bahrain Riffa 6 3 1 2 7 7 0 10
Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon 6 3 0 3 9 10 −1 9
Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh 6 0 1 5 1 14 −13 1
  ALA ERB RIF ORD
Alay Osh 0–3 0–0 0–1
Erbil 6–0 1–2 3–2
Riffa 2–0 0–3 2–0
Shabab Al-Ordon 2–1 1–3 3–1

Group E[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 6 3 2 1 9 4 +5 11
India Churchill Brothers 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10
Singapore Home United 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10
Maldives New Radiant 6 1 0 5 2 12 −10 3
  CHB HOM NRA PSJ
Churchill Brothers 3–1 3–0 1–1
Home United 2–1 2–0 1–1
New Radiant 1–2 1–0 0–2
Persipura Jayapura 2–0 0–2 3–0
Tiebreakers
  • Churchill Brothers and Home United are ranked on head-to-head record.

Group F[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Vietnam Hà Nội T&T 6 5 0 1 14 7 +7 15
Indonesia Arema Cronus 6 3 1 2 10 9 +1 10
Malaysia Selangor 6 2 2 2 9 6 +3 8
Maldives Maziya 6 0 1 5 7 18 −11 1
  ARE HNT MAZ SEL
Arema Cronus 1–3 3–2 1–0
Hà Nội T&T 2–1 5–1 1–0
Maziya 1–3 1–2 1–1
Selangor 1–1 3–1 4–1

Group G[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Vietnam Vissai Ninh Bình 6 5 1 0 18 7 +11 16
Burma Yangon United 6 3 0 3 16 17 −1 9
Hong Kong South China 6 2 1 3 11 11 0 7
Malaysia Kelantan 6 1 0 5 9 19 −10 3
  KEL SCA VNB YAN
Kelantan 2–0 2–3 2–3
South China 4–0 1–3 5–3
Vissai Ninh Bình 4–0 1–1 3–2
Yangon United 5–3 2–0 1–4

Group H[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Hong Kong Kitchee 6 4 1 1 15 5 +10 13
Burma Nay Pyi Taw 6 2 2 2 10 10 0 8
Singapore Tampines Rovers 6 2 0 4 9 16 −7 6
India Pune 6 1 3 2 12 15 −3 6
  KIT NPT PUN TAM
Kitchee 2–0 2–2 4–0
Nay Pyi Taw 1–2 3–3 3–1
Pune 2–0 2–2 2–5
Tampines Rovers 0–5 0–1 3–1
Tiebreakers
  • Tampines Rovers and Pune are ranked on head-to-head record.

Knock-out stage[edit]

In the knock-out stage, the 16 teams played a single-elimination tournament. In the quarter-finals and semi-finals, each tie was played on a home-and-away two-legged basis, while in the round of 16 and final, each tie was played as a single match. The away goals rule (for two-legged ties), extra time (away goals do not apply in extra time) and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary.[1]

Bracket[edit]

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                     
 Vietnam Hà Nội T&T 5  
 Burma Nay Pyi Taw 0  
   Vietnam Hà Nội T&T 0 0 0  
   Iraq Erbil 1 2 3  
 Iraq Erbil (p) 0 (3)
 Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 0 (0)  
   Iraq Erbil 1 2 3  
   Hong Kong Kitchee 1 1 2  
 Vietnam Vissai Ninh Bình 4  
 India Churchill Brothers 2  
   Vietnam Vissai Ninh Bình 2 1 3
   Hong Kong Kitchee 4 0 4  
 Hong Kong Kitchee 2
 Indonesia Arema Cronus 0  
   Iraq Erbil 0 (2)
   Kuwait Al-Qadsia (p) 0 (4)
 Kuwait Al-Qadsia 4  
 Jordan That Ras 0  
   Kuwait Al-Qadsia (a) 1 2 3
   Bahrain Al-Hidd 1 2 3  
 Lebanon Safa 0
 Bahrain Al-Hidd 1  
   Kuwait Al-Qadsia 4 6 10
   Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 2 0 2  
 Kuwait Al-Kuwait 3  
 Bahrain Riffa 0  
   Kuwait Al-Kuwait 3 1 4
   Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 2 6 8  
 Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 9
 Burma Yangon United 2  

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 match.[1]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia Zone
Safa Lebanon 0–1 Bahrain Al-Hidd
Al-Qadsia Kuwait 4–0 Jordan That Ras
Al-Kuwait Kuwait 3–0 Bahrain Riffa
Erbil Iraq 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(3–0 p)
Lebanon Al-Nejmeh
East Asia Zone
Persipura Jayapura Indonesia 9–2 Burma Yangon United
Vissai Ninh Bình Vietnam 4–2 India Churchill Brothers
Hà Nội T&T Vietnam 5–0 Burma Nay Pyi Taw
Kitchee Hong Kong 2–0 Indonesia Arema Cronus

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 28 May 2014.[13] Teams from different zones could be drawn into the same tie, and the "country protection" rule was applied, so teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same tie.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hà Nội T&T Vietnam 0–3 Iraq Erbil 0–1 0–2
Vissai Ninh Bình Vietnam 3–4 Hong Kong Kitchee 2–4 1–0
Al-Qadsia Kuwait 3–3 (a) Bahrain Al-Hidd 1–1 2–2
Al-Kuwait Kuwait 4–8 Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 3–2 1–6

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Erbil Iraq 3–2 Hong Kong Kitchee 1–1 2–1
Al-Qadsia Kuwait 10–2 Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 4–2 6–0

Final[edit]

Main article: 2014 AFC Cup Final

The draw to decide the host team of the final was held after the quarter-final draw.[13]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Erbil Iraq 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(2–4 p)
Kuwait Al-Qadsia

Awards[edit]

Award Player Team
Most Valuable Player[14] Kuwait Saif Al Hashan Kuwait Al-Qadsia
Top Goalscorer Spain Juan Belencoso Hong Kong Kitchee

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Team MD1 MD2 MD3 MD4 MD5 MD6 R16 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2 0F0 Total
1 Spain Juan Belencoso Hong Kong Kitchee 1 1 2 1 3 2 1 11
2 Syria Omar Al Soma Kuwait Al-Qadsia 1 1 1 3 1 7
Brazil Paulo Rangel Malaysia Selangor 1 3 3 7
Brazil César Burma Yangon United 2 1 1 1 1 1 7
5 Burma Kyaw Ko Ko Burma Yangon United 3 1 1 1 6
Vietnam Nguyễn Văn Quyết Vietnam Hà Nội T&T 3 1 1 1 6
Indonesia Boaz Solossa Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 1 2 1 1 1 6
8 Liberia Boakay Eddie Foday Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 5 5
Spain Borja Rubiato Iraq Erbil 1 2 1 1 5
Kuwait Saif Al Hashan Kuwait Al-Qadsia 1 1 1 1 1 5
Kuwait Bader Al-Mutawa Kuwait Al-Qadsia 1 1 1 2 5
Vietnam Đinh Văn Ta Vietnam Vissai Ninh Bình 1 2 2 5

Note: Goals scored in qualifying play-off not counted (see regulations, Article 74c).[15]

Source:[16][17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "AFC Cup 2014 Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC. 
  2. ^ "Al Qadsia crowned AFC Cup champions". AFC. 19 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Decision by Competitions Committee & Executive Committee for AFC Club Competitions" (PDF). AFC. 
  4. ^ ""Алай" в Кубке АФК" (in Russian). Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic. 29 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "AFC Champions League 2014 and AFC Cup 2014 Competition Format - AFC Champions League & AFC Cup Play-off". Asian Football Confederation. Vietnam Professional Football. 28 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "No AFC Cup slot for Federation Cup winners; Pune FC could play in Champions League playoff". Sportskeeda. 28 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Persipura-Arema, Wakil Indonesia di AFC Cup 2014" (in Indonesian). Bola Kompas. 29 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dato’ Alex reiterates AFC’s stance on AFC Cup eligibility". AFC. 3 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2014" (PDF). AFC. 
  10. ^ "Media accreditation open for Official Draws of 2014 AFC Champions League and AFC Cup". International Sports Press Association. 20 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dates set for AFC Champions League and AFC Cup 2014 Official Draw". International Sports Press Association. 26 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "AFC Cup 2014 Group Stage draw". AFC. 10 December 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Defending champions Kuwait SC to meet Persipura". AFC. 28 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Qadsia's Al Hashan claims MVP award". AFC. 19 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Top Goal Scorers (by Stage) – 2014 AFC Cup Play-off". AFC.com. 
  16. ^ "Top Goal Scorers (by Stage) – 2014 AFC Cup Group Stage". AFC.com. 
  17. ^ "Top Goal Scorers (by Stage) – 2014 AFC Cup Knock-out Stage". AFC.com. 

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