2019 AFC Asian Cup knockout stage

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The knockout stage of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup is the second and final stage of the competition, following the group stage. It will begin on 20 January with the round of 16 and end on 1 February with the final match, held at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.[1] A total of 16 teams (the top two teams from each group, along with the four best third-placed teams) will advance to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament.[2]

All times are local, GST (UTC+4).

Format[edit]

In the knockout stage, if a match is level at the end of 90 minutes of normal playing time, extra time will be played (two periods of 15 minutes each). If still tied after extra time, the match will be decided by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner.[2] The video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used from the quarter-finals onwards.[3] For the first time since a knockout stage was added to the competition in 1972, there will be no third place play-off.

The AFC set out the following schedule for the round of 16:[2]

  • R16-1: Runners-up Group A v Runners-up Group C
  • R16-2: Winners Group D v 3rd Group B/E/F
  • R16-3: Winners Group B v 3rd Group A/C/D
  • R16-4: Winners Group F v Runners-up Group E
  • R16-5: Winners Group C v 3rd Group A/B/F
  • R16-6: Winners Group E v Runners-up Group D
  • R16-7: Winners Group A v 3rd Group C/D/E
  • R16-8: Runners-up Group B v Runners-up Group F

Combinations of matches in the round of 16[edit]

The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which four third-placed teams qualified for the round of 16:[2]

  Combinations which are still possible
Third-placed teams
qualify from groups
1A
vs
1B
vs
1C
vs
1D
vs
A B C D 3C 3D 3A 3B
A B C E 3C 3A 3B 3E
A B C F 3C 3A 3B 3F
A B D E 3D 3A 3B 3E
A B D F 3D 3A 3B 3F
A B E F 3E 3A 3B 3F
A C D E 3C 3D 3A 3E
A C D F 3C 3D 3A 3F
A C E F 3C 3A 3F 3E
A D E F 3D 3A 3F 3E
B C D E 3C 3D 3B 3E
B C D F 3C 3D 3B 3F
B C E F 3E 3C 3B 3F
B D E F 3E 3D 3B 3F
C D E F 3C 3D 3F 3E

Qualified teams[edit]

The top two placed teams from each of the six groups, plus the four best-placed third teams, will qualify for the knockout stage.[2]

Group Winners Runners-up Third-placed teams
(Best four qualify)
Qualified
(position TBD)
A  United Arab Emirates  Thailand  Bahrain
B  Jordan  Australia
C  China PR (top two)
 South Korea (top two)
D  Iran (top two)
 Iraq (top two)
E  Qatar (top two)
 Saudi Arabia (top two)
F  Japan (top two)
 Uzbekistan (top two)

Bracket[edit]

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
20 January – Hazza bin Zayed
 
 
 Thailand
 
24 January – Mohammed bin Zayed
 
Runners-up Group C
 
Winners Match 38
 
20 January – Mohammed bin Zayed
 
Winners Match 39
 
Winners Group D
 
28 January – Hazza bin Zayed
 
3rd Group B/E/F
 
Winners Match 46
 
20 January – Al Maktoum
 
Winners Match 45
 
 Jordan
 
24 January – Al Maktoum
 
3rd Group A/D
 
Winners Match 37
 
21 January – Sharjah
 
Winners Match 40
 
Winners Group F
 
1 February – Zayed Sports City
 
Runners-up Group E
 
Winners Match 49
 
22 January – Rashid
 
Winners Match 50
 
Winners Group C
 
25 January – Zayed Sports City
 
3rd Group A/B/F
 
Winners Match 43
 
22 January – Al Nahyan
 
Winners Match 44
 
Winners Group E
 
29 January – Mohammed bin Zayed
 
Runners-up Group D
 
Winners Match 47
 
21 January – Zayed Sports City
 
Winners Match 48
 
 United Arab Emirates
 
25 January – Hazza bin Zayed
 
3rd Group C/D/E
 
Winners Match 42
 
21 January – Khalifa bin Zayed
 
Winners Match 41
 
 Australia
 
 
Runners-up Group F
 

Round of 16[edit]

Jordan vs 3rd Group A/D[edit]

Jordan Match 373rd Group A/D
Report

Thailand vs Runners-up Group C[edit]

Thailand Match 38Runners-up Group C
Report

Winners Group D vs 3rd Group B/E/F[edit]

Winners Group DMatch 393rd Group B/E/F
Report

Winners Group F vs Runners-up Group E[edit]

Winners Group FMatch 40Runners-up Group E
Report

Australia vs Runners-up Group F[edit]

Australia Match 41Runners-up Group F
Report

United Arab Emirates vs 3rd Group C/D/E[edit]

United Arab Emirates Match 423rd Group C/D/E
Report

Winners Group C vs 3rd Group A/B/F[edit]

Winners Group CMatch 433rd Group A/B/F
Report

Winners Group E vs Runners-up Group D[edit]

Winners Group EMatch 44Runners-up Group D
Report

Quarter-finals[edit]

Winners Match 37 vs Winners Match 40[edit]

Winners Match 37Match 45Winners Match 40
Report

Winners Match 38 vs Winners Match 39[edit]

Winners Match 38Match 46Winners Match 39
Report

Winners Match 43 vs Winners Match 44[edit]

Winners Match 43Match 47Winners Match 44
Report

Winners Match 42 vs Winners Match 41[edit]

Winners Match 42Match 48Winners Match 41
Report

Semi-finals[edit]

Winners Match 46 vs Winners Match 45[edit]

Winners Match 46Match 49Winners Match 45
Report

Winners Match 47 vs Winners Match 48[edit]

Winners Match 47Match 50Winners Match 48
Report

Final[edit]

Winners Match 49Match 51Winners Match 50
Report

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Match Schedule – AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019" (PDF). the-afc.com. Asian Football Confederation. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "AFC Asian Cup 2019 Competition Regulations" (PDF). the-afc.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  3. ^ "VAR to come into play from QF stage". AFC. 15 November 2018.

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