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
Al-Rayyan Qatar 0–1 Iran Esteghlal
Report Jerković Goal 90+1'
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'
Attendance: 13,000

Esteghlal Iran 0–0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
Report
Attendance: 41,520
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'

Esteghlal Iran 1–2 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira
Zandi Goal 68' Report Abdullah Goal 5'
Baré Goal 72'
Attendance: 36,735
Al-Rayyan Qatar 3–1 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
Tabata Goal 9'
Goumou Goal 65'
Alaaeldin Goal 88'
Report Shomurodov Goal 58'

Nasaf Qarshi Uzbekistan 0–1 Qatar Al-Rayyan
Report Tabata Goal 62'
Attendance: 7,271
Al-Jazira United Arab Emirates 1–1 Iran Esteghlal
Oliveira Goal 63' Report Borhani Goal 24'

Esteghlal Iran 3–0 Qatar Al-Rayyan
Borhani Goal 23' (pen.)90+3'
Sharifat Goal 76'
Report
Attendance: 53,774
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)
Al-Jazira United Arab Emirates 4–1 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
Baré Goal 6'
Oliveira Goal 14' (pen.)33'42' (pen.)
Report Shomurodov Goal 69'

Nasaf Qarshi Uzbekistan 0–2 Iran Esteghlal
Report Jerković Goal 10'
Jabbari Goal 50' (pen.)
Attendance: 929
Referee: Minoru Tōjō (Japan)
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
Baniyas United Arab Emirates 2–0 Qatar Al-Arabi
Jaber Goal 45' (pen.)
Yeste Goal 77'
Report
Attendance: 1,795
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 4–0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
Abdelghani Goal 4'
Abousaban Goal 31'51'
Omar Goal 58'
Report

Pakhtakor Uzbekistan 1–1 United Arab Emirates Baniyas
Sharofetdinov Goal 29' Report Fawzi Goal 60'
Attendance: 2,300
Al-Arabi Qatar 1–3 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Pisculichi Goal 26' Report Hazazi Goal 21'82'
Al-Montashari Goal 30'
Attendance: 1,855

Pakhtakor Uzbekistan 3–1 Qatar Al-Arabi
Karimov Goal 9'
Sharofetdinov Goal 74'
Abdukholiqov Goal 90+3'
Report Pisculichi Goal 37'
Attendance: 5,532
Referee: Tan Hai (China P.R.)
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 1–0 United Arab Emirates Baniyas
Hazazi Goal 79' (pen.) Report

Baniyas United Arab Emirates 0–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Report
Al-Arabi Qatar 0–1 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
Report Abdukholiqov Goal 41'
Attendance: 500

Pakhtakor Uzbekistan 1–2 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Klimiashvili Goal 68' Report Hazazi Goal 60'
Abousaban Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)
Al-Arabi Qatar 0–4 United Arab Emirates Baniyas
Report Bashir Goal 17'
Yeste Goal 39'
Mubarak Goal 52'
Senghor Goal 77'
Attendance: 527
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

Baniyas United Arab Emirates 2–0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
Senghor Goal 13'
Abdulrahman Goal 71'
Report
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
Sepahan Iran 1–0 United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr
Correa Goal 84' Report
Attendance: 6,550
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)
Lekhwiya Qatar 1–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Nam Tae-Hee Goal 74' Report
Attendance: 4,227

Al-Nasr United Arab Emirates 2–1 Qatar Lekhwiya
Diané Goal 37'90+2' Report Dagano Goal 42'
Attendance: 4,720
Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia 1–1 Iran Sepahan
Simões Goal 90+4' (pen.) Report Correa Goal 35'

Sepahan Iran 2–1 Qatar Lekhwiya
Hosseini Goal 10'
Correa Goal 89'
Report Afif Goal 55'
Attendance: 6,732
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Al-Nasr United Arab Emirates 1–2 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Diané Goal 52' Report Simões Goal 27'
Al-Jassim Goal 50'
Attendance: 4,376
Referee: Minoru Tōjō (Japan)

Lekhwiya Qatar 1–0 Iran Sepahan
Koné Goal 90+1' Report
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'

Al-Nasr United Arab Emirates 0–3 Iran Sepahan
Report Correa Goal 44'
Sukaj Goal 69'
Salehi Goal 77'
Attendance: 2,264
Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia 3–0 Qatar Lekhwiya
Jaizawi Goal 9'
Simões Goal 61'
Al-Jassim Goal 90+1'
Report

Sepahan Iran 2–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Sukaj Goal 19'
Bengar Goal 85'
Report Al Hosni Goal 62'
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

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.)
Attendance: 82,700
Referee: Masaaki Toma (Japan)
Al-Gharafa Qatar 3–3 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Tardelli Goal 44'78'
El Assas Goal 90+3' (pen.)
Report[permanent dead link] Hermach Goal 16'
El-Arabi Goal 64'
Al-Zori Goal 75'
Attendance: 6,092

Al-Gharafa Qatar 0–3 Iran Persepolis
Report G. Rezaei Goal 3'
Zayed Goal 6'
Kazemian Goal 73'
Attendance: 2,800

Persepolis Iran 1–1 Qatar Al-Gharafa
Karimi Goal 85' Report Mubarak Goal 90+1'
Attendance: 96,200
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 2–1 United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab
El-Arabi Goal 45'68' Report[permanent dead link] Kieza Goal 28'

Al-Gharafa Qatar 2–1 United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab
Dindane Goal 81'
El Assas Goal 83' (pen.)
Report Mohammed Goal 65'

Al-Shabab United Arab Emirates 1–3 Iran Persepolis
Essa Obaid Goal 7' Report Zayed Goal 43'
Pooladi Goal 52'
Badamaki Goal 90'

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
Gamba Osaka Japan 0–3 South Korea Pohang Steelers
Report Kim Tae-Su Goal 19'
Rendulić Goal 22'
Asamoah Goal 76'
Attendance: 9,101
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 1–2 Australia Adelaide United
Murzoev Goal 90+4' Report Boogaard Goal 12'
Golec Goal 53'
Attendance: 7,000

Adelaide United Australia 2–0 Japan Gamba Osaka
Mullen Goal 17'24' Report
Attendance: 5,112
Pohang Steelers South Korea 0–2 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Report Turaev Goal 28'
Murzoev Goal 77'
Attendance: 3,449
Referee: Ali Al Badwawi (UAE)

Gamba Osaka Japan 3–1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Endō Goal 14'
Rafinha Goal 58' (pen.)82' (pen.)
Report Soliev Goal 88'
Attendance: 6,100

Adelaide United Australia 1–0 South Korea Pohang Steelers
Djite Goal 90' Report
Attendance: 7,659
Referee: Tan Hai (China P.R.)
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 3–2 Japan Gamba Osaka
Murzoev Goal 14'
Turaev Goal 42'
Soliev Goal 84'
Report Kurata Goal 18'
Abe Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 4,000

Adelaide United Australia 0–0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Report
Attendance: 7,794
Pohang Steelers South Korea 2–0 Japan Gamba Osaka
Kim Jin-Yong Goal 45+1'
Asamoah Goal 77'
Report
Attendance: 3,825

Gamba Osaka Japan 0–2 Australia Adelaide United
Report van Dijk Goal 65'
Sato Goal 88' (o.g.)
Attendance: 7,294
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 1–0 South Korea Pohang Steelers
Gafurov Goal 48' Report
Attendance: 5,100

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
Brisbane Roar Australia 0–2 Japan FC Tokyo
Report Yazawa Goal 45+1'
Hasegawa Goal 55'
Attendance: 12,037

FC Tokyo Japan 2–2 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
Tokunaga Goal 37'
Kajiyama Goal 83'
Report Kim Seung-Yong Goal 80'
Maranhão Goal 88'
Beijing Guoan China 1–1 Australia Brisbane Roar
Piao Cheng Goal 7' Report Nichols Goal 20'
Attendance: 41,000

Beijing Guoan China 1–1 Japan FC Tokyo
Wang Xiaolong Goal 10' (pen.) Report Hasegawa Goal 44'
Attendance: 31,256

Brisbane Roar Australia 1–2 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
Stefanutto Goal 25' Report Vélez Goal 11'
Kwak Tae-Hwi Goal 73' (pen.)
Attendance: 7,200
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)
FC Tokyo Japan 3–0 China Beijing Guoan
Watanabe Goal 7'
Otake Goal 45+1'
Yazawa Goal 57'
Report
Attendance: 9,537

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'

Brisbane Roar Australia 1–1 China Beijing Guoan
Berisha Goal 15' Report Li Hanbo Goal 34'
Attendance: 5,615
Referee: Ali Al Badwawi (UAE)

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
Nagoya Grampus Japan 2–2 South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
Kennedy Goal 58' (pen.)
Kanazaki Goal 74'
Report Héverton Goal 47'90+3'


Tianjin Teda China 0–3 Japan Nagoya Grampus
Report Fujimoto Goal 24'
Tamada Goal 49'
Nagai Goal 73'

Nagoya Grampus Japan 0–0 China Tianjin Teda
Report

Central Coast Mariners Australia 5–1 China Tianjin Teda
McBreen Goal 10'20'
Rose Goal 48'
McGlinchey Goal 71'
Amini Goal 85'
Report Liao Bochao Goal 72'
Attendance: 4,155

Nagoya Grampus Japan 3–0 Australia Central Coast Mariners
Tamada Goal 19'
Fujimoto Goal 36'
Tulio Goal 87'
Report

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
Buriram United Thailand 3–2 Japan Kashiwa Reysol
Jirawat Goal 10'77'
Jadigerov Goal 38'
Report Tanaka Goal 55'
Sakai Goal 64'
Attendance: 15,089

Kashiwa Reysol Japan 5–1 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Nasu Goal 40'
Leandro Domingues Goal 45' (pen.)45+1'
Tanaka Goal 89'
Barada Goal 90+3'
Report Huang Bowen Goal 51'


Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea 3–2 Thailand Buriram United
Lee Dong-Gook Goal 25'27'
Park Won-Jae Goal 80'
Report Ohandza Goal 20'56'
Guangzhou Evergrande China 3–1 Japan Kashiwa Reysol
Conca Goal 29' (pen.)
Muriqui Goal 58'84'
Report[permanent dead link] Sakai Goal 50'
Attendance: 40,000


Buriram United Thailand 1–2 China Guangzhou Evergrande
Suriya Goal 57' Report Gao Lin Goal 49'
Conca Goal 90+1' (pen.)
Attendance: 18,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ACL 2012 - Group Stage draw". AFC. 2011-12-06. Archived from the original on 2012-09-18. 
  2. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2012" (PDF). AFC. 
  3. ^ a b c "AFC Champions League 2012 Competitions Regulations". AFC. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-07-23. 
  4. ^ "Nasaf, Al Jazira match postponed". AFC. 7 March 2012. 

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