2017 AFC Champions League knockout stage

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The 2017 AFC Champions League knockout stage was played from 22 May to 25 November 2017.[1] A total of 16 teams competed in the knockout stage to decide the champions of the 2017 AFC Champions League.[2]

Qualified teams[edit]

The winners and runners-up of each of the eight groups in the group stage advanced to the round of 16, with both West Region (Groups A–D) and East Region (Groups E–H) having eight qualified teams.

Region Group Winners Runners-up
West Region A United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli Iran Esteghlal
B Qatar Lekhwiya Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan
C United Arab Emirates Al-Ain Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
D Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Iran Persepolis
East Region E Japan Kashima Antlers Thailand Muangthong United
F Japan Urawa Red Diamonds China Shanghai SIPG
G Japan Kawasaki Frontale China Guangzhou Evergrande
H China Jiangsu Suning South Korea Jeju United

Format[edit]

In the knockout stage, the 16 teams played a single-elimination tournament, with the teams split into the two regions until the final. Each tie was played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. The away goals rule, extra time (away goals would not apply in extra time) and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Article 11.3).[2]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of each round was as follows.[1] Matches in the West Region were played on Mondays and Tuesdays, while matches in the East Region were played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Round First leg Second leg
Round of 16 22–24 May 2017 29–31 May 2017
Quarter-finals 21–23 August 2017 11–13 September 2017
Semi-finals 26–27 September 2017 17–18 October 2017
Final 18 November 2017 25 November 2017

Bracket[edit]

The bracket of the knockout stage was determined as follows:

Round Matchups
Round of 16 (Group winners host second leg)
Quarter-finals (Matchups and order of legs decided by draw, involving four round of 16 winners each in West Region and East Region)
Semi-finals (Winners QF1 and QF3 host first leg, Winners QF2 and QF4 host second leg)
Final (Winner SF1 host first leg, Winner SF2 host second leg, as reversed from previous season's final)
  • Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2

The bracket was decided after the draw for the knockout stage, which was held on 6 June 2017, 16:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[3][4][5][6]

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                             
Iran Esteghlal 1 1 2  
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 0 6 6  
  United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 0 0 0  
  Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0 3 3  
Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan 1 1 2
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2 2 4  
  Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 4 2 6  
West Region
  Iran Persepolis 0 2 2  
Iran Persepolis 0 1 1  
Qatar Lekhwiya 0 0 0  
  Iran Persepolis 2 3 5
  Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2 1 3  
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1 3 4
United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 1 1 2  
  Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1 0 1
  Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1 1 2
China Shanghai SIPG 2 3 5  
China Jiangsu Suning 1 2 3  
  China Shanghai SIPG (p) 4 1 (5)
  China Guangzhou Evergrande 0 5 (4)  
China Guangzhou Evergrande (a) 1 1 2
Japan Kashima Antlers 0 2 2  
  China Shanghai SIPG 1 0 1
East Region
  Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1 1 2  
Thailand Muangthong United 1 1 2  
Japan Kawasaki Frontale 3 4 7  
  Japan Kawasaki Frontale 3 1 4
  Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1 4 5  
South Korea Jeju United 2 0 2
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds (a.e.t.) 0 3 3  

Round of 16[edit]

In the round of 16, the winners of one group played the runners-up of another group from the same region, with the matchups determined by the group stage draw, and the group winners hosting the second leg.[3]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Region
Esteghlal Iran 2–6 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 1–0 1–6
Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia 4–2 United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 1–1 3–1
Esteghlal Khuzestan Iran 2–4 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1–2 1–2
Persepolis Iran 1–0 Qatar Lekhwiya 0–0 1–0
East Region
Muangthong United Thailand 2–7 Japan Kawasaki Frontale 1–3 1–4
Guangzhou Evergrande China 2–2 (a) Japan Kashima Antlers 1–0 1–2
Shanghai SIPG China 5–3 China Jiangsu Suning 2–1 3–2
Jeju United South Korea 2–3 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 2–0 0–3 (a.e.t.)

West Region[edit]

Esteghlal Iran1–0United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
Report
Attendance: 67,202
Referee: Fu Ming (China)
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates6–1Iran Esteghlal
Report

Al-Ain won 6–2 on aggregate.


Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia1–1United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli
Report
Attendance: 17,323
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
Al-Ahli United Arab Emirates1–3Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Report
Attendance: 3,993

Al-Ahli (KSA) won 4–2 on aggregate.


Esteghlal Khuzestan Iran1–2Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Report
Attendance: 2,670
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia2–1Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan
Report

Al-Hilal won 4–2 on aggregate.


Persepolis Iran0–0Qatar Lekhwiya
Report
Lekhwiya Qatar0–1Iran Persepolis
Report
Attendance: 1,700
Referee: Ma Ning (China)

Persepolis won 1–0 on aggregate.

East Region[edit]

Muangthong United Thailand1–3Japan Kawasaki Frontale
Report
Attendance: 12,500
Kawasaki Frontale Japan4–1Thailand Muangthong United
Report

Kawasaki Frontale won 7–2 on aggregate.


Guangzhou Evergrande China1–0Japan Kashima Antlers
Report
Attendance: 39,863
Kashima Antlers Japan2–1China Guangzhou Evergrande
Report

2–2 on aggregate. Guangzhou Evergrande won on away goals.


Shanghai SIPG China2–1China Jiangsu Suning
Report
Jiangsu Suning China2–3China Shanghai SIPG
Report

Shanghai SIPG won 5–3 on aggregate.


Jeju United South Korea2–0Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
Report
Attendance: 1,913
Urawa Red Diamonds Japan3–0 (a.e.t.)South Korea Jeju United
Report

Urawa Red Diamonds won 3–2 on aggregate.

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 6 June 2017. In the quarter-finals, the four teams from the West Region played in two ties, and the four teams from the East Region played in two ties, with the matchups and order of legs decided by draw, without any seeding or country protection.[4][5][6]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Region
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 0–3 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0–0 0–3
Persepolis Iran 5–3 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2–2 3–1
East Region
Shanghai SIPG China 5–5 (5–4 p) China Guangzhou Evergrande 4–0 1–5 (a.e.t.)
Kawasaki Frontale Japan 4–5 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 3–1 1–4

West Region[edit]

Al-Ain United Arab Emirates0–0Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Report
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia3–0United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
Report

Al Hilal won 3–0 on aggregate.


Persepolis Iran2–2Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Report
Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia1–3Iran Persepolis
Report

Persepolis won 5–3 on aggregate.

East Region[edit]

Shanghai SIPG China4–0China Guangzhou Evergrande
Report
Attendance: 36,503
Guangzhou Evergrande China5–1 (a.e.t.)China Shanghai SIPG
Report
Penalties
4–5
Attendance: 39,972

5–5 on aggregate. Shanghai SIPG won 5–4 on penalties.


Kawasaki Frontale Japan3–1Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
Report
Urawa Red Diamonds Japan4–1Japan Kawasaki Frontale
Report

Urawa Red Diamonds won 5–4 on aggregate.

Semi-finals[edit]

In the semi-finals, the two quarter-final winners from the West Region played each other, and the two quarter-final winners from the East Region 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 Region
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 6–2 Iran Persepolis 4–0 2–2
East Region
Shanghai SIPG China 1–2 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1–1 0–1

West Region[edit]

Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia4–0Iran Persepolis
Report
Persepolis Iran2–2Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Report

Al Hilal won 6–2 on aggregate.

East Region[edit]

Shanghai SIPG China1–1Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
Report
Urawa Red Diamonds Japan1–0China Shanghai SIPG
Report
Attendance: 44,375

Urawa Red Diamonds won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

In the final, the two semi-final winners played each other, with the order of legs (first leg hosted by team from the West Region, second leg hosted by team from the East Region) reversed from the previous season's final.[4]

Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia1–1Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
Report
Urawa Red Diamonds Japan1–0Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Report

Urawa Red Diamonds won 2–1 on aggregate.

Note[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Matches between teams from Iran and Saudi Arabia were played on neutral venues due to deterioration of Iran–Saudi Arabia relations.
  2. ^ The Persepolis v Lekhwiya match was played behind closed doors due to spectator misconduct during Persepolis's home match against Al-Wahda on 8 May 2017.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2017" (PDF). AFC.
  2. ^ a b "2017 AFC Champions League Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC.
  3. ^ a b "AFC Champions League 2017 Draw Mechanism" (PDF). AFC.
  4. ^ a b c d "AFC Champions League 2017: And then there were eight..." AFC. 5 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b "AFC Champions League 2017 - Official Draw". YouTube. 6 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b "AFC Champions League quarter-final ties confirmed". AFC. 6 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Persepolis versus Lekhwiya to be played behind closed doors". AFC. 17 May 2017.

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