Friday 17 September 2021
The draw for the quarter-finals of the 2021 AFC Champions League, which was drawn at the headquarters of the Asian Football Confederation in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, resulted in the Saudi Al Hilal team, the champions of the 2019 edition, facing its Iranian counterpart, Persepolis, and the Saudi victory against the Emirati Al Wahda.
In the east of the continent, the South Korean teams Jeonbuk and Ulsan will meet, while South Korea’s Pohang will meet its Japanese counterpart, Nagoya.
The lottery was drawn openly, after the participating clubs were distributed into two bowls, one for the west region, and the second for the east region, according to what the AFC explained on its website.
The quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Western Region will be held in Saudi Arabia from October 16 to 19, while the Eastern Region matches will be held in South Korea, and the final match will be held in Saudi Arabia on November 23.
Al Hilal qualified first after overcoming its Iranian counterpart Al Istiklal with two goals without a response at Al Wasl Stadium, while Al Nasr qualified at the expense of the Iranian Traktor after beating it with the goal of Abu Bakr at Khalifa International Stadium in the Qatari capital, Doha.
Iran’s Persepolis also qualified at the expense of Istiklal Dushanbe, Tajikistan, with a fatal goal in the 90th minute, to maintain the chances of his country after the exit of his citizens at the hands of Al Hilal and Al Nasr, respectively. Al Wahda was the fourth team after eliminating his compatriot Sharjah on penalties.
2021 AFC Champions League quarter-final draw:
Saudi Crescent vs Iranian Persepolis
Saudi victory x Emirati unit
– Korea’s Jeonbuk x Korea’s Ulsan
– Korea’s Pohang x Japan’s Nagoya