2011 AFC Champions League knockout stage

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A total of 16 teams, 8 from West Asia and 8 from East Asia, competed in the 2011 AFC Champions League knockout stage. 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 prior to the group stage draw.[2] After the completion of the round of 16, the draw for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7 June 2011.[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 Iran Sepahan Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
B Qatar Al-Sadd Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
C Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
D Iran Zob Ahan Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
E Japan Gamba Osaka China Tianjin Teda
F South Korea FC Seoul Japan Nagoya Grampus
G South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Japan Cerezo Osaka
H South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings Japan Kashima Antlers

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 East and West Asia 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
                                     
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 3  
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1  
  Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 3 0 3  
  South Korea FC Seoul 1 1 2  
South Korea FC Seoul 3
Japan Kashima Antlers 0  
  Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2 1 3  
  South Korea Jeonbuk Motors 3 2 5  
Japan Gamba Osaka 0  
Japan Cerezo Osaka 1  
  Japan Cerezo Osaka 4 1 5
  South Korea Jeonbuk Motors 3 6 9  
South Korea Jeonbuk Motors 3
China Tianjin Teda 0  
  South Korea Jeonbuk Motors 2 (2)
  Qatar Al-Sadd (p) 2 (4)
South Korea Suwon Bluewings 2  
Japan Nagoya Grampus 0  
  South Korea Suwon Bluewings (aet) 1 2 3
  Iran Zob Ahan 1 1 2  
Iran Zob Ahan 4
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 1  
  South Korea Suwon Bluewings 0 1 1
  Qatar Al-Sadd 2 0 2  
Iran Sepahan 3  
Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 1  
  Iran Sepahan 0 2 2
  Qatar Al-Sadd [A] 3 1 4  
Qatar Al-Sadd 1
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 0  

Round of 16[edit]

The matches were played 24–25 May 2011.[4][5]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia
Sepahan Iran 3–1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 3–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Al-Sadd Qatar 1–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
Zob Ahan Iran 4–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
East Asia
Gamba Osaka Japan 0–1 Japan Cerezo Osaka
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea 3–0 China Tianjin Teda
FC Seoul South Korea 3–0 Japan Kashima Antlers
Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea 2–0 Japan Nagoya Grampus

Matches[edit]

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea3 – 0China Tianjin Teda
Eninho Goal 32'84'
Lee Seung-Hyun Goal 43'
Report

Gamba Osaka Japan0 – 1Japan Cerezo Osaka
Report Takahashi Goal 88'
Attendance: 16,463

Sepahan Iran3 – 1Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Januário Goal 28'
Touré Goal 33'
Aghili Goal 69' (pen.)
Report Slavoljub Đorđević Goal 57'
Attendance: 6,318
Referee: Masaaki Toma (Japan)

Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia3 – 1Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Nuno Assis Goal 15'59'
Ziaya Goal 17'
Report Al-Dosari Goal 82'



Zob Ahan Iran4 – 1Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
Ghazi Goal 1'
Castro Goal 5'63'
Kheiri Goal 74'
Report Al-Mutwa Goal 66'

Al-Sadd Qatar1 – 0Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
Koni Goal 12' Report

Quarter-finals[edit]

The first legs were played 14 September 2011, and the second legs were played 27–28 September 2011.[4]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cerezo Osaka Japan 5–9 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 4–3 1–6
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 3–2 South Korea FC Seoul 3–1 0–1
Sepahan Iran 2–4 Qatar Al-Sadd 0–3[A] 2–1
Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea 3–2 Iran Zob Ahan 1–1 2–1 (aet)
Notes
  1. ^ The AFC Disciplinary Committee decided to award the quarter-final first leg to Al-Sadd against Sepahan as a 3–0 forfeit win after Sepahan were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player. The match originally ended 1–0 to Sepahan.[6]

First legs[edit]

Cerezo Osaka Japan4 – 3South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Bando Goal 29'
Kiyotake Goal 56'81'
Kim Bo-Kyung Goal 64' (pen.)
Report Lee Dong-Gook Goal 6'45+1'
Cho Sung-Hwan Goal 58'
Attendance: 15,450
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea1 – 1Iran Zob Ahan
Park Hyun-Beom Goal 66' Report Ghazi Goal 57'
Attendance: 7,659
Referee: Masaaki Toma (Japan)

Sepahan Iran0 – 3
Awarded[A]
Qatar Al-Sadd
Ebrahimi Goal 12' Report

Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia3 – 1South Korea FC Seoul
Noor Goal 45'
Al-Muwallad Goal 76'
Wendel Goal 90+2'
Report Choi Tae-Uk Goal 83'

Second legs[edit]

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea6 – 1Japan Cerezo Osaka
Eninho Goal 31'
Lee Dong-Gook Goal 49'55'64'90+1'
Kim Dong-Chan Goal 76'
Report Komatsu Goal 72'

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors won 9–5 on aggregate.


FC Seoul South Korea1 – 0Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Molina Goal 85' Report

Al-Ittihad won 3–2 on aggregate.


Zob Ahan Iran1 – 2 (a.e.t.)South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Ghazi Goal 50' Report Yang Sang-Min Goal 77'
Neretljak Goal 99' (pen.)

Suwon Samsung Bluewings won 3–2 on aggregate.


Al-Sadd Qatar1 – 2Iran Sepahan
Niang Goal 86' Report Emad Goal 7'
Ashjari Goal 27'

Al-Sadd won 4–2 on aggregate.

Semi-finals[edit]

The first legs were played 19 October 2011, and the second legs were played 26 October 2011.[4]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea 1–2 Qatar Al-Sadd 0–2 1–0
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 3–5 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–3 1–2

First legs[edit]

Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea0 – 2Qatar Al-Sadd
Report Niang Goal 70'81'

Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia2 – 3South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Hazazi Goal 6'18' Report Eninho Goal 2'
Son Seung-Joon Goal 57'
Cho Sung-Hwan Goal 77'

Second legs[edit]

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea2 – 1Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Eninho Goal 22'36' Report Wendel Goal 73'

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors won 5–3 on aggregate.


Al-Sadd Qatar0 – 1South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Report Oh Jang-Eun Goal 7'
Attendance: 10,800
Referee: Ali Al Badwawi (UAE)

Al-Sadd won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

The final was played 5 November 2011 at home of one of the finalists, decided by draw.[1][4] This format is different from the 2009 and 2010 editions, where the final was played at a neutral venue.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AFC Champions League 2011 Competitions Regulations" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
  2. ^ "AFC Champions League 2011 Draw Mechanism for Play-off Stage & Preliminary Stage (Group & Round of 16)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
  3. ^ Korea challenge for former champions
  4. ^ a b c d "2011 AFC Champions League Official Match Schedule" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
  5. ^ ACL: Juicy encounters in offing
  6. ^ AFC Disciplinary Committee sanctions Sepahan
  7. ^ AFC Competitions Committee decisions

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