2015 AFC Cup group stage

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The 2015 AFC Cup group stage was played from 24 February to 13 May 2015. A total of 32 teams competed in the group stage to decide the 16 places in the knockout stage of the 2015 AFC Cup.[1]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on 11 December 2014, 15:00 UTC+8, at the Petaling Jaya Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[2] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four. Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same group.

The following 32 teams (16 from West Zone, 16 from East Zone) were entered into the group stage draw, which included the 27 automatic qualifiers and the five qualifying play-off winners, whose identity was not known at the time of the draw:

Zone Teams
West Zone
(Groups A–D)
East Zone
(Groups E–H)

Note: Teams in italics played in the 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to the AFC Champions League group stage (had they advanced to the AFC Champions League group stage, they would have been replaced by another team from the same association).

Format[edit]

In the group stage, 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[edit]

The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers would be 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;
  4. Greater number of away goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  5. If, after applying criteria 1 to 4, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 10 apply;
  6. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  7. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  8. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  9. 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);
  10. Team who belongs to the member association with the higher AFC ranking.

Groups[edit]

The matchdays were 24–25 February, 10–11 March, 17–18 March, 14–15 April, 28–29 April, and 12–13 May 2015.[3]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification WEH WAH NAH SZG
1 Jordan Al-Wehdat 6 4 1 1 16 3 +13 13 Advance to knockout stage 0–1 4–0 5–1
2 Syria Al-Wahda 6 3 2 1 8 4 +4 11 1–1 1–2 3–1
3 Oman Al-Nahda 6 2 1 3 7 11 −4 7 0–3 0–0 4–1
4 Lebanon Salam Zgharta 6 1 0 5 5 18 −13 3 0–3 0–2 2–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Al-Wahda Syria1–2Oman Al-Nahda
Jaafar Goal 15' Report Voullany Goal 41'
S. Al-Shamsi Goal 68'
Al-Wehdat Jordan5–1Lebanon Salam Zgharta
Shelbaieh Goal 7'82'
Rateb Goal 24'
Za'tara Goal 90+2'90+3'
Report Galán Goal 34'

Salam Zgharta Lebanon0–2Syria Al-Wahda
Report Dakka Goal 45'
Hamdoko Goal 90'
Al-Nahda Oman0–3Jordan Al-Wehdat
Report Abu Amarah Goal 20' (pen.)
Za'tara Goal 76'
Elhadji Malick Goal 90+2'

Salam Zgharta Lebanon2–1Oman Al-Nahda
Al Mal Goal 38'62' Report Al-Ruzaiqi Goal 45+2'
Attendance: 1,033
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)
Al-Wehdat Jordan0–1Syria Al-Wahda
Report Omari Goal 6' (pen.)

Al-Nahda Oman4–1Lebanon Salam Zgharta
Voullany Goal 14'19'
Al-Nuaimi Goal 28'
M. Al-Shamsi Goal 90+1'
Report Galán Goal 48' (pen.)
Al-Wahda Syria1–1Jordan Al-Wehdat
Hamdoko Goal 88' Report Abu Amarah Goal 27' (pen.)
Attendance: 7,200
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

Salam Zgharta Lebanon0–3Jordan Al-Wehdat
Report Abu Amarah Goal 25'
Deeb Goal 38'
Elhadji Malick Goal 65'
Attendance: 854
Al-Nahda Oman0–0Syria Al-Wahda
Report

Al-Wehdat Jordan4–0Oman Al-Nahda
Deeb Goal 35'
Elias Goal 38'
Al-Basha Goal 75'
Za'tara Goal 89'
Report
Attendance: 1,600
Referee: Ali Shaban (Kuwait)
Al-Wahda Syria3–1Lebanon Salam Zgharta
Jaafar Goal 43'57'
Omari Goal 90'
Report Al Jassem Goal 90+3'
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Teams from Syria were not allowed to host their home matches in their country due to security concerns.

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SHO JAZ TWN HID
1 Iraq Al-Shorta 6 2 3 1 14 7 +7 9 Advance to knockout stage 4–0 6–2 2–2
2 Jordan Al-Jazeera 6 2 3 1 6 7 −1 9 1–1 2–0 1–0
3 State of Palestine Taraji Wadi Al-Nes 6 1 3 2 6 11 −5 6 1–0 1–1 1–1
4 Bahrain Al-Hidd 6 0 5 1 6 7 −1 5 1–1 1–1 1–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Al-Shorta Iraq2–2Bahrain Al-Hidd
Salem Goal 2' (pen.)
Kalaf Goal 13'
Report Rico Goal 28'
Ayyash Goal 45+1'

Al-Jazeera Jordan1–1Iraq Al-Shorta
Franco Goal 12' Report Karim Goal 7' (pen.)
Al-Hidd Bahrain1–1State of Palestine Taraji Wadi Al-Nes
Adnan Goal 4' Report H. Abuhammad Goal 90+4'

Al-Shorta Iraq6–2State of Palestine Taraji Wadi Al-Nes
Abdul-Zahra Goal 20'35'
Kalaf Goal 34'
Hussein Goal 45+1'90+1'
Ismail Goal 63'
Report Zidan Goal 40'86'
Al-Hidd Bahrain1–1Jordan Al-Jazeera
Rico Goal 54' Report Abu Hudaib Goal 68'

Al-Jazeera Jordan1–0Bahrain Al-Hidd
Al-Natour Goal 75' Report

Al-Jazeera Jordan2–0State of Palestine Taraji Wadi Al-Nes
Al-Nawateer Goal 26'
Tannous Goal 50'
Report
Al-Hidd Bahrain1–1Iraq Al-Shorta
Omosuyi Goal 77' Report Boukar Goal 82'

Al-Shorta Iraq4–0Jordan Al-Jazeera
Hussein Goal 19'53'
Caion Goal 50'
Salem Goal 76'
Report
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Teams from Iraq were not allowed to host their home matches in their country due to security concerns.

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification IST QAD ERB AHA
1 Tajikistan Istiklol 6 3 2 1 12 8 +4 11 Advance to knockout stage 2–0 1–3 5–2
2 Kuwait Al-Qadsia 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 10 2–2 1–2 2–0
3 Iraq Erbil 6 2 1 3 8 8 0 7 0–0 0–1 2–3
4 Turkmenistan Ahal 6 2 0 4 8 13 −5 6 1–2 0–1 2–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Istiklol Tajikistan1–3Iraq Erbil
Nadhim Goal 60' (o.g.) Report Hussein Goal 35'
Sabah Goal 65'
Salah Goal 75'
Attendance: 12,000
Al-Qadsia Kuwait2–0Turkmenistan Ahal
Saleh Goal 58'
Abdullah Goal 63'
Report

Ahal Turkmenistan1–2Tajikistan Istiklol
Orazow Goal 28' (pen.) Report Fatkhuloev Goal 4'
Makhmudov Goal 66'
Attendance: 14,000
Erbil Iraq0–1Kuwait Al-Qadsia
Report Subotić Goal 77'

Ahal Turkmenistan2–1Iraq Erbil
Annaýew Goal 29'90+1' Report Salah Goal 30'
Al-Qadsia Kuwait2–2Tajikistan Istiklol
Al-Mutawa Goal 3' (pen.)54' Report Dzahlilov Goal 36'
Vasiev Goal 45+1'

Istiklol Tajikistan2–0Kuwait Al-Qadsia
Davronov Goal 53' (pen.)
Dzhalilov Goal 63'
Report
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Pratap Singh (India)
Erbil Iraq2–3Turkmenistan Ahal
Mahmoud Goal 41'65' (pen.) Report Babajanow Goal 47'
Garadanow Goal 73'75'

Ahal Turkmenistan0–1Kuwait Al-Qadsia
Report Al-Mutawa Goal 20'
Attendance: 20,000
Erbil Iraq0–0Tajikistan Istiklol
Report

Al-Qadsia Kuwait1–2Iraq Erbil
Aman Goal 49' Report Salah Goal 45+1'
Khalid Goal 52'
Istiklol Tajikistan5–2Turkmenistan Ahal
Dzhalilov Goal 9'90+1'
Makhmudov Goal 28'
Bleda Goal 31'
Şermetow Goal 53' (o.g.)
Report Garadanow Goal 32'
Annadurdyýew Goal 90+3'
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Teams from Iraq were not allowed to host their home matches in their country due to security concerns.

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JAI KUW RIF NEJ
1 Syria Al-Jaish 6 4 2 0 6 1 +5 14 Advance to knockout stage 0–0 1–1 1–0
2 Kuwait Al-Kuwait 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10 0–1 2–1 4–1
3 Bahrain Riffa 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8 0–1 2–1 2–1
4 Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 6 0 1 5 4 12 −8 1 0–2 1–2 1–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Al-Kuwait Kuwait4–1Lebanon Al-Nejmeh
Al Saqer Goal 16'
Hakem Goal 52'
Hammami Goal 83'
Hezam Goal 89'
Report Sy Goal 40'
Riffa Bahrain0–1Syria Al-Jaish
Report Moustafa Goal 66'

Al-Jaish Syria1–0Lebanon Al-Nejmeh
Salkeni Goal 88' Report
Al-Kuwait Kuwait2–1Bahrain Riffa
Al Sanea Goal 51'
Al Buraiki Goal 73'
Report Deeb Goal 27'

Riffa Bahrain2–1Lebanon Al-Nejmeh
Obregón Goal 5'
Saeed Goal 35'
Report Takaji Goal 45+2' (pen.)

Al-Nejmeh Lebanon1–1Bahrain Riffa
Atwi Goal 22' Report Deeb Goal 32'
Al-Kuwait Kuwait0–1Syria Al-Jaish
Report Kogale Goal 6'

Al-Nejmeh Lebanon1–2Kuwait Al-Kuwait
Sy Goal 22' Report Rogerinho Goal 2'46'
Al-Jaish Syria1–1Bahrain Riffa
Moustafa Goal 36' Report Hashem Goal 73'

Riffa Bahrain2–1Kuwait Al-Kuwait
Ahmed Goal 15'
Al Azmi Goal 74' (o.g.)
Report Al Buraiki Goal 20'
Al-Nejmeh Lebanon0–2Syria Al-Jaish
Report Moustafa Goal 35' (pen.)
Salkeni Goal 84'
Notes
  1. ^ a b Fixtures between Al-Kuwait and Al-Nejmeh were reversed from original order.
  2. ^ a b c Teams from Syria were not allowed to host their home matches in their country due to security concerns.

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PSJ BGL MAZ WAR
1 Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 6 5 1 0 17 4 +13 16 Advance to knockout stage 3–1 0–0 6–0
2 India Bengaluru FC 6 4 0 2 8 8 0 12 1–3 2–1 1–0
3 Maldives Maziya 6 2 1 3 7 6 +1 7 1–2 1–2 2–0
4 Singapore Warriors 6 0 0 6 1 15 −14 0 1–3 0–1 0–2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Warriors Singapore1–3Indonesia Persipura Jayapura
Ahmad Goal 69' Report Koné Goal 30'
Boaz Goal 34'
Alom Goal 58'
Bengaluru FC India2–1Maldives Maziya
Chhetri Goal 67'
Sampingiraj Goal 90+3'
Report Umair Goal 89' (pen.)

Persipura Jayapura Indonesia3–1India Bengaluru FC
Kabes Goal 4'
Robertino Goal 23'50'
Report Vineeth Goal 90'
Attendance: 16,263
Referee: Wang Di (China)
Maziya Maldives2–0Singapore Warriors
Abdulla Goal 47'
Rodríguez Goal 88'
Report

Maziya Maldives1–2Indonesia Persipura Jayapura
Abdulla Goal 78' Report Boaz Goal 35'
Koné Goal 77'
Bengaluru FC India1–0Singapore Warriors
Walker Goal 36' (pen.) Report

Persipura Jayapura Indonesia0–0Maldives Maziya
Report
Attendance: 12,623
Warriors Singapore0–1India Bengaluru FC
Report R. Singh Goal 76'

Persipura Jayapura Indonesia6–0Singapore Warriors
Paulin Goal 19'
Kabes Goal 41'58'
Boaz Goal 53'56'
Pangkali Goal 88'
Report
Maziya Maldives1–2India Bengaluru FC
Rodríguez Goal 60' Report Chhetri Goal 70' (pen.)78'

Warriors Singapore0–2Maldives Maziya
Report Umair Goal 49'
Rodríguez Goal 90+3'

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JDT KIT EBG BAL
1 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 6 5 0 1 11 3 +8 15 Advance to knockout stage 2–0 4–1 3–0
2 Hong Kong Kitchee 6 3 2 1 10 6 +4 11 2–0 2–2 3–0
3 India East Bengal 6 1 2 3 8 10 −2 5 0–1 1–1 3–0
4 Singapore Balestier Khalsa 6 1 0 5 3 13 −10 3 0–1 1–2 2–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Kitchee Hong Kong3–0Singapore Balestier Khalsa
Xu Deshuai Goal 21'
Ngan Lok Fung Goal 67'
Tarrés Goal 90'
Report
Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia4–1India East Bengal
Nazrin Goal 9'
Safiq Goal 38' (pen.)
Suppiah Goal 47'
Safee Goal 53'
Report Martins Goal 35'

East Bengal India1–1Hong Kong Kitchee
Martins Goal 74' Report Belencoso Goal 30'
Attendance: 3,501

Kitchee Hong Kong2–0Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
Belencoso Goal 27'
Tarrés Goal 35'
Report
Attendance: 2,277

East Bengal India3–0Singapore Balestier Khalsa
B. Singh Goal 22'
Hussein Goal 71' (o.g.)
Martins Goal 75'
Report
Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia2–0Hong Kong Kitchee
Figueroa Goal 17'
Safiq Goal 44' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 10,154
Referee: Wang Di (China)

Balestier Khalsa Singapore1–2Hong Kong Kitchee
Fadhil Goal 33' Report Belencoso Goal 14'61'

Kitchee Hong Kong2–2India East Bengal
Lam Ka Wai Goal 15'
Xu Deshuai Goal 59'
Report Martins Goal 80'
Lobo Goal 89'
Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia3–0Singapore Balestier Khalsa
Safee Goal 76'
Safiq Goal 85'
Figueroa Goal 90'
Report
Attendance: 10,110

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SCA PAH GLO YAD
1 Hong Kong South China 6 6 0 0 19 3 +16 18 Advance to knockout stage 3–1 3–0 3–1
2 Malaysia Pahang 6 2 2 2 11 10 +1 8 0–1 0–0 7–4
3 Philippines Global 6 1 2 3 5 12 −7 5 1–6 0–0 4–1
4 Myanmar Yadanarbon 6 1 0 5 10 20 −10 3 0–3 2–3 2–0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Yadanarbon Myanmar2–3Malaysia Pahang
Stewart Goal 35' (o.g.)
Djawa Goal 55' (pen.)
Report Nwakaeme Goal 6'12'
Gopi Goal 89'
Global Philippines1–6Hong Kong South China
M. Jónsson Goal 87' Report McBreen Goal 2'27'
Lo Kong Wai Goal 39'
Chan Wai Ho Goal 50'
Awal Goal 66'75'
Attendance: 1,300
Referee: Pratap Singh (India)

South China Hong Kong3–1Myanmar Yadanarbon
Lo Kong Wai Goal 13'
Awal Goal 19'
McBreen Goal 38'
Report Zaw Linn Tun Goal 88'
Attendance: 2,511
Pahang Malaysia0–0Philippines Global
Report

Yadanarbon Myanmar2–0Philippines Global
Djawa Goal 52'
Win Htay Kyaw Goal 90+4'
Report
Pahang Malaysia0–1Hong Kong South China
Report Chan Siu Ki Goal 13'
Attendance: 5,400
Referee: Fu Ming (China)

South China Hong Kong3–1Malaysia Pahang
Chan Siu Kwan Goal 10'
Lo Kong Wai Goal 53'
Sealy Goal 56'
Report Nwakaeme Goal 62'
Global Philippines4–1Myanmar Yadanarbon
Hartmann Goal 16' (pen.)40'
Bahadoran Goal 60'
González Goal 83'
Report Yan Paing Goal 19'

South China Hong Kong3–0Philippines Global
Cheng Lai Hin Goal 40'
Mališić Goal 55'
McBreen Goal 90+2'
Report
Pahang Malaysia7–4Myanmar Yadanarbon
Nwakaeme Goal 7'32'59'
Conti Goal 18'
Saarvindaran Goal 48'87'
Hafiz Goal 85'
Report Djawa Goal 45+1'
Hlaing Bo Bo Goal 58'68'
Win Naing Soe Goal 90+1'

Global Philippines0–0Malaysia Pahang
Report
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China)
Yadanarbon Myanmar0–3Hong Kong South China
Report McBreen Goal 27'60'
Lam Hok Hei Goal 40'

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PSB AYE NRA LAO
1 Indonesia Persib Bandung 6 3 3 0 10 5 +5 12 Advance to knockout stage 3–3 4–1 1–0
2 Myanmar Ayeyawady United 6 2 4 0 13 9 +4 10 1–1 0–0 4–3
3 Maldives New Radiant 6 1 2 3 4 10 −6 5 0–1 0–3 2–1
4 Laos Lao Toyota FC 6 0 3 3 7 10 −3 3 0–0 2–2 1–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Persib Bandung Indonesia4–1Maldives New Radiant
Jufriyanto Goal 15'
Konaté Goal 42'
Atep Goal 45+1'
Yandi Goal 90+2'
Report Ali Goal 60'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Fu Ming (China)
Lao Toyota FC Laos2–2Myanmar Ayeyawady United
Khantavong Goal 63'
Syvilay Goal 65'
Report Naumov Goal 21'57'

Ayeyawady United Myanmar1–1Indonesia Persib Bandung
Fonseca Goal 58' Report Atep Goal 45'
Attendance: 500
Referee: Pratap Singh (India)
New Radiant Maldives2–1Laos Lao Toyota FC
Okoro Goal 69'
Ali Goal 88' (pen.)
Report Sihalad Goal 38'

New Radiant Maldives0–3Myanmar Ayeyawady United
Report Fonseca Goal 34'
Naumov Goal 86'90+3'

Ayeyawady United Myanmar0–0Maldives New Radiant
Report

Ayeyawady United Myanmar4–3Laos Lao Toyota FC
Fonseca Goal 9'86'
Naumov Goal 69' (pen.)80'
Report Syvilay Goal 28' (pen.)
Sihalad Goal 42'
Honma Goal 74'
Attendance: 120
Referee: Fu Ming (China)
New Radiant Maldives0–1Indonesia Persib Bandung
Report Ridwan Goal 14'

Persib Bandung Indonesia3–3Myanmar Ayeyawady United
Supardi Goal 29'
Ridwan Goal 52'
Konaté Goal 90' (pen.)
Report Naumov Goal 44'76' (pen.)
Nay Lin Aung Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 12,250
Referee: Wang Di (China)
Lao Toyota FC Laos1–1Maldives New Radiant
Honma Goal 82' Report Fasir Goal 34'

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AFC Cup 2015 Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC.
  2. ^ "AFC Cup 2015 Draw". AFC. 12 December 2014.
  3. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2015" (PDF). AFC.

External links[edit]