2016 AFC Cup knockout stage

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The 2016 AFC Cup knockout stage was played from 24 May to 5 November 2016.[1] A total of 16 teams competed in the knockout stage to decide the champions of the 2016 AFC Cup.[2]

Qualified teams[edit]

The winners and runners-up of each of the eight groups in the group stage qualified for the knockout stage. Both West Zone and East Zone had eight qualified teams.

Zone Group Winners Runners-up
West Zone
(Groups A–D)
A Lebanon Al-Ahed Jordan Al-Wehdat
B Iraq Naft Al-Wasat Jordan Al-Faisaly
C Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Syria Al-Wahda
D Bahrain Al-Muharraq Syria Al-Jaish
East Zone
(Groups E–H)
E Philippines Ceres Singapore Tampines Rovers
F Hong Kong Kitchee Philippines Kaya
G India Mohun Bagan Hong Kong South China
H Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim India Bengaluru FC


In the knockout stage, the 16 teams played a single-elimination tournament, with the teams split between the two zones until the final. 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 would not apply in extra time) and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Article 12.4).[2]

Starting from this season, the knockout stage was split between the two zones until the final, similar to the AFC Champions League (Regulations Article 12.3).[2]


The schedule of each round was as follows.[1]

Round First leg Second leg
Round of 16 24–25 May 2016
Quarter-finals 13–14 September 2016 20–21 September 2016
Semi-finals 27–28 September 2016 18–19 October 2016
Final 5 November 2016


The bracket of the knockout stage was determined as follows:

  • Round of 16: (group winners host match)
  • Quarterfinals: (matchups and order of legs decided by draw)
  • Semifinals: (Winners QF1 and QF3 host first leg, Winners QF2 and QF4 host second leg)
  • Final: Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2 (host team decided by draw)
  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 2  
Jordan Al-Wehdat 1  
  Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1 4 5  
  Syria Al-Jaish 1 0 1  
Iraq Naft Al-Wasat 0
Syria Al-Jaish 1  
  Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1 3 4  
West Zone
  Lebanon Al-Ahed 1 2 3  
Lebanon Al-Ahed 4  
Syria Al-Wahda 0  
  Lebanon Al-Ahed 1 2 3
  Bahrain Al-Muharraq 0 0 0  
Bahrain Al-Muharraq 1
Jordan Al-Faisaly 0  
  Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1
  India Bengaluru FC 0
Philippines Ceres 0  
Hong Kong South China (a.e.t.) 1  
  Hong Kong South China 1 1 2
  Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 1 2 3  
Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 7
Philippines Kaya 2  
  Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 1 1 2
East Zone
  India Bengaluru FC 1 3 4  
Hong Kong Kitchee 2  
India Bengaluru FC 3  
  India Bengaluru FC 1 0 1
  Singapore Tampines Rovers 0 0 0  
India Mohun Bagan 1
Singapore Tampines Rovers (a.e.t.) 2  

Round of 16[edit]

In the round of 16, the winners of one group played the runners-up of another group from the same zone, with the group winners hosting the match.[3]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Zone
Al-Ahed Lebanon 4–0 Syria Al-Wahda
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq 2–1 Jordan Al-Wehdat
Naft Al-Wasat Iraq 0–1 Syria Al-Jaish
Al-Muharraq Bahrain 1–0 Jordan Al-Faisaly
East Zone
Ceres Philippines 0–1 (a.e.t.) Hong Kong South China
Mohun Bagan India 1–2 (a.e.t.) Singapore Tampines Rovers
Kitchee Hong Kong 2–3 India Bengaluru FC
Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia 7–2 Philippines Kaya

West Zone[edit]

Al-Ahed Lebanon4–0Syria Al-Wahda
Atwi Goal 12'
Al-Hussain Goal 75' (pen.)
Dramé Goal 88'90+3'

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq2–1Jordan Al-Wehdat
Abdul-Wahid Goal 15'
Ahmad Goal 37'
Report Deeb Goal 43'

Naft Al-Wasat Iraq0–1Syria Al-Jaish
Report Hamdoko Goal 78'

Al-Muharraq Bahrain1–0Jordan Al-Faisaly
Kanú Goal 81' Report

East Zone[edit]

Ceres Philippines0–1 (a.e.t.)Hong Kong South China
Report Carlos Goal 107'

Mohun Bagan India1–2 (a.e.t.)Singapore Tampines Rovers
Singh Goal 72' Report Webb Goal 63'
Yunos Goal 116'

Kitchee Hong Kong2–3India Bengaluru FC
Rufino Goal 7'
Tarrés Goal 42'
Report Chhetri Goal 31' (pen.)33'
Lalhlimpuia Goal 51'
Attendance: 2,806
Referee: Fu Ming (China)

Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia7–2Philippines Kaya
Lucero Goal 14'54'70'
Díaz Goal 23' (pen.)
Azamuddin Goal 33'40'
Mahali Goal 69'
Report Porteria Goal 53'
Ugarte Goal 88'
Attendance: 17,322


In the quarter-finals, the four teams from the West Zone were drawn into two ties, and the four teams from the East Zone were drawn into the other two ties, with the order of legs also decided by the draw.[4]

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 9 June 2016, 15:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the Petaling Jaya Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[5] There was no seeding or country protection, so teams from the same association could be drawn into the same tie.[4]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Zone
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq 5–1 Syria Al-Jaish 1–1 4–0
Al-Ahed Lebanon 3–0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq 1–0 2–0
East Zone
South China Hong Kong 2–3 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 1–1 1–2
Bengaluru FC India 1–0 Singapore Tampines Rovers 1–0 0–0

West Zone[edit]

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq1–1Syria Al-Jaish
Ahmad Goal 90+8' Report Al-Ali Goal 60'
Al-Jaish Syria0–4Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Report Rasan Goal 50'
Radhi Goal 67'
Ahmad Goal 80'
Mohsin Goal 90+2'

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya won 5–1 on aggregate.

Al-Ahed Lebanon1–0Bahrain Al-Muharraq
Zreik Goal 5' Report
Al-Muharraq Bahrain0–2Lebanon Al-Ahed
Report Musa Goal 23'
Zreik Goal 90+3'

Al-Ahed won 3–0 on aggregate.

East Zone[edit]

South China Hong Kong1–1Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
Komazec Goal 90+3' Report Díaz Goal 22'
Attendance: 3,938
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia2–1Hong Kong South China
Lucero Goal 58'
Díaz Goal 88'
Report Komazec Goal 90+5'

Johor Darul Ta'zim won 3–2 on aggregate.

Bengaluru FC India1–0Singapore Tampines Rovers
Vineeth Goal 7' Report
Tampines Rovers Singapore0–0India Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru FC won 1–0 on aggregate.


In the semi-finals, the two quarter-final winners from the West Zone played each other, and the two quarter-final winners from the East Zone played each other, with the order of legs determined by the quarter-final draw.[4]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Zone
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq 4–3 Lebanon Al-Ahed 1–1 3–2
East Zone
Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia 2–4 India Bengaluru FC 1–1 1–3

West Zone[edit]

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq1–1Lebanon Al-Ahed
Midani Goal 24' Report Dakik Goal 62'
Al-Ahed Lebanon2–3Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Mansour Goal 14' (pen.)
Chaito Goal 36'
Report Ahmad Goal 28'
Mansour Goal 70' (o.g.)
Rasan Goal 76'

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya won 4–3 on aggregate.

East Zone[edit]

Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia1–1India Bengaluru FC
Díaz Goal 52' Report Lyngdoh Goal 56'
Attendance: 18,000
Bengaluru FC India3–1Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
Chhetri Goal 41'67'
Juanan Goal 76'
Report Safiq Goal 11'

Bengaluru FC won 4–2 on aggregate.


In the final, the two semi-final winners played each other, with the host team decided by a draw, held after the quarter-final draw.[4]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq 1–0 India Bengaluru FC
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq1–0India Bengaluru FC
Ahmad Goal 70' Report


  1. ^ a b c d e Teams from Iraq were not allowed to host their home matches in their country due to security concerns.
  2. ^ Teams from Syria were not allowed to host their home matches in their country due to security concerns.
  3. ^ The Bengaluru FC v Tampines Rovers match was played behind closed doors due to local unrest.[6]


  1. ^ a b "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2016" (PDF). AFC.
  2. ^ a b c "2016 AFC Cup Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC. 28 November 2015.
  3. ^ "AFC Cup 2016 Draw Results" (PDF). AFC.
  4. ^ a b c d "Holders JDT set to face South China in AFC Cup quarter-finals". AFC. 9 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Stage set for AFC Cup 2016 Knockout Stage draw". AFC. 8 June 2016.
  6. ^ "JSW Bengaluru FC v Tampines Rovers match rescheduled". AFC. 13 September 2016.

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