2012 AFC Champions League group stage

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The 2012 AFC Champions League group stage was contested by a total of 32 teams (16 from West Asia Zone and 16 from East Asia Zone). They included:

  • 28 teams which directly entered the 2012 AFC Cup group stage (14 from West Asia Zone and 14 from East Asia Zone)
  • 4 winners of the 2012 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off final round (2 from West Asia Zone and 2 from East Asia Zone)

The draw for the group stage was held at the AFC house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 6 December 2011, 16:00 UTC+08:00.[1] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four. Clubs from the same country may not be drawn into the same group.

In each group, teams played each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The matchdays were 6–7 March, 20–21 March, 3–4 April, 17–18 April, 1–2 May, and 15–16 May 2012.[2] The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the knockout stage.[3]

Tiebreakers[edit]

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss) and tie breakers are in following order:[3]

  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. Kicks from the penalty mark 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 each yellow card, 3 points for each red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for each direct red card, 4 points for each yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  8. Drawing of lots.

Groups[edit]

Each team had been numbered from 1 to 4, the numbers determine the order of the fixtures:[3]

  • Match Day 1: 1 vs 4, 3 vs 2
  • Match Day 2: 2 vs 1, 4 vs 3
  • Match Day 3: 1 vs 3, 4 vs 2
  • Match Day 4: 3 vs 1, 2 vs 4
  • Match Day 5: 4 vs 1, 2 vs 3
  • Match Day 6: 1 vs 2, 3 vs 4

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 6 5 1 0 18 10 +8 16
Iran Esteghlal 6 3 2 1 8 3 +5 11
Qatar Al-Rayyan 6 2 0 4 9 12 −3 6
Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi 6 0 1 5 4 14 −10 1

6 March 2012
18:20 UTC+03:00
Al-Rayyan Qatar 0–1 Iran Esteghlal
Report Jerković Goal 90+1'

7 March 20121
17:00 UTC+05:00
Nasaf Qarshi Uzbekistan 2–4 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira
Musaev Goal 2'
Rabee Goal 18' (o.g.)
Report Abdullah Goal 39'
Mousa Goal 68'
Baré Goal 75'
Oliveira Goal 88'
Qarshi Stadium, Qarshi
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Choi Myung-Yong (Korea Republic)

20 March 2012
19:00 UTC+03:30
Esteghlal Iran 0–0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
Report
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 41,520
Referee: Abdullah Al Hilali (Oman)

20 March 2012
19:30 UTC+04:00
Al-Jazira United Arab Emirates 3–2 Qatar Al-Rayyan
Oliveira Goal 8'
Diaky Goal 54'
Mousa Goal 57'
Report Goumou Goal 65'
Fábio César Goal 78'

3 April 2012
19:00 UTC+04:30
Esteghlal Iran 1–2 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira
Zandi Goal 68' Report Abdullah Goal 5'
Baré Goal 72'
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 36,735
Referee: Kim Dong-Jin (Korea Republic)

3 April 2012
18:30 UTC+03:00
Al-Rayyan Qatar 3–1 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
Tabata Goal 9'
Goumou Goal 65'
Alaaeldin Goal 88'
Report Shomurodov Goal 58'

18 April 2012
19:30 UTC+05:00
Nasaf Qarshi Uzbekistan 0–1 Qatar Al-Rayyan
Report Tabata Goal 62'
Qarshi Stadium, Qarshi
Attendance: 7,271
Referee: Lee Min-Hu (Korea Republic)

18 April 2012
19:45 UTC+04:00
Al-Jazira United Arab Emirates 1–1 Iran Esteghlal
Oliveira Goal 63' Report Borhani Goal 24'

2 May 2012
19:20 UTC+04:30
Esteghlal Iran 3–0 Qatar Al-Rayyan
Borhani Goal 23' (pen.)90+3'
Sharifat Goal 76'
Report
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 53,774
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

2 May 2012
19:45 UTC+04:00
Al-Jazira United Arab Emirates 4–1 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
Baré Goal 6'
Oliveira Goal 14' (pen.)33'42' (pen.)
Report Shomurodov Goal 69'

16 May 2012
19:30 UTC+05:00
Nasaf Qarshi Uzbekistan 0–2 Iran Esteghlal
Report Jerković Goal 10'
Jabbari Goal 50' (pen.)
Qarshi Stadium, Qarshi
Attendance: 929
Referee: Minoru Tōjō (Japan)

16 May 2012
18:55 UTC+03:00
Al-Rayyan Qatar 3–4 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira
Tabata Goal 73'
Leandro Goal 76'
Alaaeldin Goal 90'
Report Oliveira Goal 8'33'67'88'
Notes
  • Note 1: Nasaf Qarshi v Al-Jazira was originally scheduled to be played on 6 March 2012, 19:30 UTC+05:00, but was postponed to the following day due to heavy snow in Qarshi.[4]

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 6 5 1 0 13 4 +9 16
United Arab Emirates Baniyas 6 3 2 1 9 2 +7 11
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 6 2 1 3 6 10 −4 7
Qatar Al-Arabi 6 0 0 6 4 16 −12 0

6 March 2012
18:50 UTC+04:00
Baniyas United Arab Emirates 2–0 Qatar Al-Arabi
Jaber Goal 45' (pen.)
Yeste Goal 77'
Report
Baniyas Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 1,795
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)

6 March 2012
20:35 UTC+03:00
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 4–0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
Abdelghani Goal 4'
Abousaban Goal 31'51'
Omar Goal 58'
Report

20 March 2012
17:30 UTC+05:00
Pakhtakor Uzbekistan 1–1 United Arab Emirates Baniyas
Sharofetdinov Goal 29' Report Fawzi Goal 60'
JAR Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 2,300
Referee: Choi Myung-Yong (Korea Republic)

20 March 2012
18:30 UTC+03:00
Al-Arabi Qatar 1–3 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Pisculichi Goal 26' Report Hazazi Goal 21'82'
Al-Montashari Goal 30'
Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 1,855
Referee: Lee Min-Hu (Korea Republic)

4 April 2012
18:00 UTC+05:00
Pakhtakor Uzbekistan 3–1 Qatar Al-Arabi
Karimov Goal 9'
Sharofetdinov Goal 74'
Abdukholiqov Goal 90+3'
Report Pisculichi Goal 37'
JAR Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 5,532
Referee: Tan Hai (China P.R.)

4 April 2012
20:45 UTC+03:00
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 1–0 United Arab Emirates Baniyas
Hazazi Goal 79' (pen.) Report

17 April 2012
19:05 UTC+04:00
Baniyas United Arab Emirates 0–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Report

17 April 2012
19:00 UTC+03:00
Al-Arabi Qatar 0–1 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
Report Abdukholiqov Goal 41'
Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 500
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

2 May 2012
18:30 UTC+05:00
Pakhtakor Uzbekistan 1–2 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Klimiashvili Goal 68' Report Hazazi Goal 60'
Abousaban Goal 90+3'
JAR Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

2 May 2012
19:00 UTC+03:00
Al-Arabi Qatar 0–4 United Arab Emirates Baniyas
Report Bashir Goal 17'
Yeste Goal 39'
Mubarak Goal 52'
Senghor Goal 77'
Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 527
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

16 May 2012
19:20 UTC+04:00
Baniyas United Arab Emirates 2–0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
Senghor Goal 13'
Abdulrahman Goal 71'
Report

16 May 2012
21:00 UTC+03:00
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 3–2 Qatar Al-Arabi
Abd Rabo Goal 30'
N'Guessi Goal 64'
Abdelghani Goal 90+3'
Report Khoukhi Goal 9'45+2'

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iran Sepahan 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 13
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 6 3 1 2 10 6 +4 10
United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 6 2 0 4 6 11 −5 6
Qatar Lekhwiya 6 2 0 4 5 9 −4 6
Tiebreakers
  • Al-Nasr and Lekhwiya are ranked by their head-to-head record (as shown below).
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6
Qatar Lekhwiya 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 0

7 March 2012
18:30 UTC+03:30
Sepahan Iran 1–0 United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr
Correa Goal 84' Report
Foolad Shahr Stadium, Isfahan
Attendance: 6,550
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

7 March 2012
18:30 UTC+03:00
Lekhwiya Qatar 1–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Nam Tae-Hee Goal 74' Report
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 4,227
Referee: Ali Abdulnabi (Bahrain)

21 March 2012
20:00 UTC+04:00
Al-Nasr United Arab Emirates 2–1 Qatar Lekhwiya
Diané Goal 37'90+2' Report Dagano Goal 42'
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 4,720
Referee: Kim Dong-Jin (Korea Republic)

21 March 2012
20:30 UTC+03:00
Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia 1–1 Iran Sepahan
Simões Goal 90+4' (pen.) Report Correa Goal 35'

3 April 2012
20:00 UTC+04:30
Sepahan Iran 2–1 Qatar Lekhwiya
Hosseini Goal 10'
Correa Goal 89'
Report Afif Goal 55'
Foolad Shahr Stadium, Isfahan
Attendance: 6,732
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

3 April 2012
20:00 UTC+04:00
Al-Nasr United Arab Emirates 1–2 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Diané Goal 52' Report Simões Goal 27'
Al-Jassim Goal 50'
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 4,376
Referee: Minoru Tōjō (Japan)

18 April 2012
19:00 UTC+03:00
Lekhwiya Qatar 1–0 Iran Sepahan
Koné Goal 90+1' Report

18 April 2012
20:45 UTC+03:00
Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia 3–1 United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr
Jaizawi Goal 55'
Simões Goal 66'
Al-Mousa Goal 73'
Report Diané Goal 33'

1 May 2012
20:00 UTC+04:00
Al-Nasr United Arab Emirates 0–3 Iran Sepahan
Report Correa Goal 44'
Sukaj Goal 69'
Salehi Goal 77'
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 2,264
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

1 May 2012
20:45 UTC+03:00
Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia 3–0 Qatar Lekhwiya
Jaizawi Goal 9'
Simões Goal 61'
Al-Jassim Goal 90+1'
Report

15 May 2012
20:30 UTC+04:30
Sepahan Iran 2–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Sukaj Goal 19'
Bengar Goal 85'
Report Al Hosni Goal 62'

15 May 2012
19:00 UTC+03:00
Lekhwiya Qatar 1–2 United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr
Diaby Goal 38' Report Diané Goal 55'
H. Abdullah Goal 57'

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 6 3 3 0 10 7 +3 12
Iran Persepolis 6 3 2 1 14 5 +9 11
Qatar Al-Gharafa 6 1 3 2 7 10 −3 6
United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab 6 0 2 4 5 14 −9 2

21 March 2012
17:00 UTC+04:30
Persepolis Iran 6–1 United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab
Zayed Goal 8'47'53'
G. Rezaei Goal 59'
Karimi Goal 62' (pen.)
Feshangchi Goal 87'
Report Ciel Goal 56' (pen.)
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 82,700
Referee: Masaaki Toma (Japan)

21 March 2012
18:30 UTC+03:00
Al-Gharafa Qatar 3–3 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Tardelli Goal 44'78'
El Assas Goal 90+3' (pen.)
Report Hermach Goal 16'
El-Arabi Goal 64'
Al-Zori Goal 75'
Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 6,092
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

4 April 2012
18:35 UTC+03:00
Al-Gharafa Qatar 0–3 Iran Persepolis
Report G. Rezaei Goal 3'
Zayed Goal 6'
Kazemian Goal 73'
Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 2,800
Referee: Abdullah Al Hilali (Oman)

17 April 2012
17:00 UTC+04:30
Persepolis Iran 1–1 Qatar Al-Gharafa
Karimi Goal 85' Report Mubarak Goal 90+1'
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 96,200
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

17 April 2012
20:50 UTC+03:00
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 2–1 United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab
El-Arabi Goal 45'68' Report Kieza Goal 28'

1 May 2012
17:00 UTC+04:30
Persepolis Iran 0–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Report El-Arabi Goal 59'
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 73,154
Referee: Kim Dong-Jin (Korea Republic)

1 May 2012
18:50 UTC+03:00
Al-Gharafa Qatar 2–1 United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab
Dindane Goal 81'
El Assas Goal 83' (pen.)
Report Mohammed Goal 65'

15 May 2012
20:00 UTC+04:00
Al-Shabab United Arab Emirates 1–3 Iran Persepolis
Essa Obaid Goal 7' Report Zayed Goal 43'
Pooladi Goal 52'
Badamaki Goal 90'

15 May 2012
21:00 UTC+03:00
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 2–1 Qatar Al-Gharafa
Al-Fraidi Goal 48'
Al Abed Goal 65'
Report Hawsawi Goal 82' (o.g.)

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Australia Adelaide United 6 4 1 1 7 2 +5 13
Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10
South Korea Pohang Steelers 6 3 0 3 6 4 +2 9
Japan Gamba Osaka 6 1 0 5 5 13 −8 3

6 March 2012
17:00 UTC+05:00
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 1–2 Australia Adelaide United
Murzoev Goal 90+4' Report Boogaard Goal 12'
Golec Goal 53'
JAR Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Andre El Haddad (Lebanon)

20 March 2012
19:30 UTC+10:30
Adelaide United Australia 2–0 Japan Gamba Osaka
Mullen Goal 17'24' Report
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 5,112
Referee: Mohamed Al Zarooni (UAE)

20 March 2012
19:30 UTC+09:00
Pohang Steelers South Korea 0–2 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Report Turaev Goal 28'
Murzoev Goal 77'
Pohang Steel Yard, Pohang
Attendance: 3,449
Referee: Ali Al Badwawi (UAE)

3 April 2012
19:00 UTC+09:00
Gamba Osaka Japan 3–1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Endō Goal 14'
Rafinha Goal 58' (pen.)82' (pen.)
Report Soliev Goal 88'
Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Osaka
Attendance: 6,100
Referee: Chaiya Mahapab (Thailand)

18 April 2012
17:00 UTC+05:00
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 3–2 Japan Gamba Osaka
Murzoev Goal 14'
Turaev Goal 42'
Soliev Goal 84'
Report Kurata Goal 18'
Abe Goal 90+3'
JAR Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)


16 May 2012
17:00 UTC+05:00
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 1–0 South Korea Pohang Steelers
Gafurov Goal 48' Report
JAR Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 5,100
Referee: Abdullah Balideh (Qatar)

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 6 4 2 0 11 7 +4 14
Japan FC Tokyo 6 3 2 1 12 6 +6 11
Australia Brisbane Roar 6 0 3 3 6 11 −5 3
China Beijing Guoan 6 0 3 3 6 11 −5 3
Tiebreakers
  • Brisbane Roar and Beijing Guoan are tied on their head-to-head record (as shown below), overall goal difference and overall goals scored, and so are ranked by their fair play record (Brisbane Roar: 9 YC + 1 RC = 12 pts; Beijing Guoan: 12 YC + 2 RC = 18 pts).
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Australia Brisbane Roar 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
China Beijing Guoan 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2

6 March 2012
19:30 UTC+10:00
Brisbane Roar Australia 0–2 Japan FC Tokyo
Report Yazawa Goal 45+1'
Hasegawa Goal 55'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 12,037
Referee: Valentin Kovalenko (Uzbekistan)


4 April 2012
20:00 UTC+08:00
Beijing Guoan China 1–1 Japan FC Tokyo
Wang Xiaolong Goal 10' (pen.) Report Hasegawa Goal 44'
Workers Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 31,256
Referee: Saeid Mozaffarizadeh (Iran)

17 April 2012
19:30 UTC+10:00
Brisbane Roar Australia 1–2 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
Stefanutto Goal 25' Report Vélez Goal 11'
Kwak Tae-Hwi Goal 73' (pen.)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 7,200
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

17 April 2012
19:30 UTC+09:00
FC Tokyo Japan 3–0 China Beijing Guoan
Watanabe Goal 7'
Otake Goal 45+1'
Yazawa Goal 57'
Report
Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 9,537
Referee: Ali Abdulnabi (Bahrain)

2 May 2012
19:30 UTC+09:00
FC Tokyo Japan 4–2 Australia Brisbane Roar
Takahashi Goal 5'
Mukuhara Goal 20'
Watanabe Goal 44' (pen.)60'
Report Berisha Goal 4'
Broich Goal 33'

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 6 2 4 0 13 5 +8 10
Japan Nagoya Grampus 6 2 4 0 10 4 +6 10
Australia Central Coast Mariners 6 1 3 2 7 11 −4 6
China Tianjin Teda 6 0 3 3 2 12 −10 3
Tiebreakers
  • Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and Nagoya Grampus are tied on their head-to-head record (as shown below), and so are ranked by their overall goal difference.
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 2
Japan Nagoya Grampus 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 2





Group H[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
China Guangzhou Evergrande 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4 10
Japan Kashiwa Reysol 6 3 1 2 11 7 +4 10
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 3 0 3 10 15 −5 9
Thailand Buriram United 6 2 0 4 8 11 −3 6
Tiebreakers
  • Guangzhou Evergrande and Kashiwa Reysol are ranked by their head-to-head record (as shown below).
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
China Guangzhou Evergrande 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4
Japan Kashiwa Reysol 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1

7 March 2012
18:30 UTC+07:00
Buriram United Thailand 3–2 Japan Kashiwa Reysol
Jirawat Goal 10'77'
Jadigerov Goal 38'
Report Tanaka Goal 55'
Sakai Goal 64'
Buriram Stadium, Buriram
Attendance: 15,089
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)



17 April 2012
19:30 UTC+08:00
Guangzhou Evergrande China 3–1 Japan Kashiwa Reysol
Conca Goal 29' (pen.)
Muriqui Goal 58'84'
Report Sakai Goal 50'
Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Abdulrahman Abdou (Qatar)


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