2017 AFC Cup knockout stage

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The 2017 AFC Cup knockout stage was played from 16 May to 4 November 2017.[1] A total of 11 teams competed in the knockout stage to decide the champions of the 2017 AFC Cup.[2]

Qualified teams[edit]

The following teams advanced from the group stage:

  • The winners of each of the three groups and the best runners-up in the West Asia Zone (Groups A–C) and the ASEAN Zone (Groups F–H) advanced to the Zonal semi-finals.
  • The winners of each group in the Central Asia Zone (Group D), the South Asia Zone (Group E), and the East Asia Zone (Group I) advanced to the Inter-zone play-off semi-finals.
Key to colours
Teams which enter the Inter-zone play-off semi-finals
Teams which enter the Zonal semi-finals
Zone Group Winners Best Runners-up
West Asia Zone A Iraq Al-Zawraa Syria Al-Wahda
(Group B)
B Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
C Jordan Al-Wehdat
Central Asia Zone D Tajikistan Istiklol
South Asia Zone E India Bengaluru FC
ASEAN Zone F Philippines Global Cebu Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
(Group F)
G Philippines Ceres–Negros
H Singapore Home United
East Asia Zone I North Korea April 25

Format[edit]

In the knockout stage, the 11 teams played a single-elimination tournament, with the teams split into the five zones until the Inter-zone play-off semi-finals. Each tie was played on a home-and-away two-legged basis, except the final which 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 11.3).[2]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of each round was as follows (W: West Asia Zone; A: ASEAN Zone).[1] Matches in the West Asia Zone were played on Mondays and Tuesdays, while matches in the ASEAN Zone and the Inter-zone play-offs were played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Round First leg Second leg
Zonal semi-finals 16–17, 22 May 2017 (W, A) 29–31 May 2017 (W, A)
Zonal finals 2 August 2017 (A),
12 September 2017 (W)
9 August 2017 (A),
26 September 2017 (W)
Inter-zone play-off semi-finals 22–23 August 2017 12–13 September 2017
Inter-zone play-off final 27 September 2017 18 October 2017
Final 4 November 2017

Bracket[edit]

The bracket of the knockout stage was determined as follows:

Round Matchups
Zonal semi-finals (Matchups and order of legs determined by identity of best runner-up: first team listed host first leg, second team listed host second leg)
Zonal finals (Order of legs decided by draw)
Inter-zone play-off semi-finals (Matchups and order of legs decided by draw, involving Winner Group D, Winner Group E, Winner Group I, and Winner AF)
Inter-zone play-off final (Winner IZSF1 host first leg, Winner IZSF2 host second leg)
  • IZF: Winner IZSF1 vs. Winner IZSF2
Final (Host team decided by draw)
  • Winner WF vs. Winner IZF

The bracket was decided after the draw for the knockout stage, which was held on 6 June 2017, 15:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[3][4][5][6]

  ASEAN Zonal semi-finals
 
ASEAN Zonal final
(Winner advances to Inter-zone play-off semi-finals)
                         
Philippines Global Cebu 2 2 4  
Singapore Home United 2 3 5  
    Singapore Home United 2 0 2
  Philippines Ceres–Negros 1 2 3
Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 3 1 4
Philippines Ceres–Negros (a) 2 2 4  
Inter-zone play-off semi-finals Inter-zone play-off final Final
                             
Tajikistan Istiklol 4 1 5  
Philippines Ceres–Negros 0 1 1  
  Tajikistan Istiklol 1 2 3  
  India Bengaluru FC 0 2 2  
India Bengaluru FC 3 0 3
  North Korea April 25 0 0 0  
Tajikistan Istiklol 0
West Asia Zonal semi-finals   West Asia Zonal final  
  Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1
  Syria Al-Wahda 4 0 4  
Jordan Al-Wehdat 1 1 2  
Syria Al-Wahda 2 0 2
  Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (a) 1 1 2  
Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1 1 2
  Iraq Al-Zawraa 1 0 1  

Zonal semi-finals[edit]

In the Zonal semi-finals, the four qualified teams from the West Asia Zone (Groups A–C) played in two ties, and the four qualified teams from the ASEAN Zone (Groups F–H) played in two ties, with the matchups and order of legs determined by the group stage draw and identity of the best runner-up.[3]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Asia Zone
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq 2–1 Iraq Al-Zawraa 1–1 1–0
Al-Wahda Syria 4–2 Jordan Al-Wehdat 4–1 0–1
ASEAN Zone
Global Cebu Philippines 4–5 Singapore Home United 2–2 2–3
Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia 4–4 (a) Philippines Ceres–Negros 3–2 1–2

West Asia Zone[edit]

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq 1–1 Iraq Al-Zawraa
Report
Attendance: 11,509
Al-Zawraa Iraq 0–1 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Report

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya won 2–1 on aggregate.


Al-Wahda Syria 4–1 Jordan Al-Wehdat
Report
Al-Wehdat Jordan 1–0 Syria Al-Wahda
Report
Attendance: 13,000

Al-Wahda won 4–2 on aggregate.

ASEAN Zone[edit]

Global Cebu Philippines 2–2 Singapore Home United
Report
Attendance: 486
Referee: Wang Di (China)
Home United Singapore 3–2 Philippines Global Cebu
Report

Home United won 5–4 on aggregate.


Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia 3–2 Philippines Ceres–Negros
Report
Ceres–Negros Philippines 2–1 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
Report
Attendance: 5,687
Referee: Fu Ming (China)

4–4 on aggregate. Ceres–Negros won on away goals.

Zonal finals[edit]

The draw for the Zonal finals was held on 6 June 2017. In the Zonal finals, the two winners of West Asia Zonal semi-finals played each other, and the two winners of ASEAN Zonal semi-finals played each other, with the order of legs decided by draw.[4][5][6] The winner of the West Asia Zonal final advanced to the final, while the winner of the ASEAN Zonal final advanced to the Inter-zone play-off semi-finals.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Asia Zone
Al-Wahda Syria 2–2 (a) Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 2–1 0–1
ASEAN Zone
Home United Singapore 2–3 Philippines Ceres–Negros 2–1 0–2

West Asia Zone[edit]

Al-Wahda Syria 2–1 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Report
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq 1–0 Syria Al-Wahda
Report

2–2 on aggregate. Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya won on away goals.

ASEAN Zone[edit]

Home United Singapore 2–1 Philippines Ceres–Negros
Report
Attendance: 3,024
Ceres–Negros Philippines 2–0 Singapore Home United
Report

Ceres–Negros won 3–2 on aggregate.

Inter-zone play-off semi-finals[edit]

The draw for the Inter-zone play-off semi-finals was held on 6 June 2017. In the Inter-zone play-off semi-finals, the four zonal winners other than the West Asia Zone played in two ties, i.e., the winner of the Central Asia Zone (Group D), the winner of the South Asia Zone (Group E), the winner of the East Asia Zone (Group I), and the winner of the ASEAN Zonal final (whose identity was not known at the time of the draw), with the matchups and order of legs decided by draw, without any seeding.[4][5][6]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Istiklol Tajikistan 5–1 Philippines Ceres–Negros 4–0 1–1
Bengaluru FC India 3–0 North Korea April 25 3–0 0–0
Istiklol Tajikistan 4–0 Philippines Ceres–Negros
Report
Ceres–Negros Philippines 1–1 Tajikistan Istiklol
Report

Istiklol won 5–1 on aggregate.


Bengaluru FC India 3–0 North Korea April 25
Report
April 25 North Korea 0–0 India Bengaluru FC
Report
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Wang Di (China)

Bengaluru FC won 3–0 on aggregate.

Inter-zone play-off final[edit]

In the Inter-zone play-off final, the two winners of the Inter-zone play-off semi-finals played each other, with the order of legs determined by the Inter-zone play-off semi-final draw.[4] The winner of the Inter-zone play-off final advanced to the final.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Istiklol Tajikistan 3–2 India Bengaluru FC 1–0 2–2
Istiklol Tajikistan 1–0 India Bengaluru FC
Report
Bengaluru FC India 2–2 Tajikistan Istiklol
Report

Istiklol won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

The draw for the final was held on 6 June 2017. In the final, the winner of the West Asia Zonal final and the winner of the Inter-zone play-off final played each other, with the host team decided by draw.[4][5][6]

Istiklol Tajikistan 0–1 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Report

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The West Asia Zonal semi-final first leg between Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya and Al-Zawraa was agreed by the AFC to be staged in Iraq following FIFA's approval in May 2017 to allow international matches to be played there, and to allow logistical preparation, was moved from 15 May to 22 May.[7] The second leg was also expected to be played in Iraq, but the home side Al-Zawraa requested that it be played in Qatar.[8] The West Asia Zonal final second leg between Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya and Al-Wahda was also played in Qatar.
  2. ^ a b Teams from Syria are not allowed to host their home matches in their country due to security concerns.

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