ACL Quarter-Final Matchup Completed

AFC on the 23rd announces the ALC quarter-final matchup for the 2023-2024 season
2 teams from Ulsan and Jeonbuk in Korea, 3 teams from Saudi Arabia, and 1 team from Japan, China and UAE each

While the Champions League quarter-final matchup has finally been completed to determine the best clubs in Asian soccer, Ulsan HD and Jeonbuk Hyundai will advance to the quarter-finals in Korea’s K-League 1. Five of the teams that advanced to the quarter-finals in East and West Asia were former champions, showing strong traditional powerhouses.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League (ACL) in the 2023-2024 season on the 23rd. In East Asia, South Korea was strong with two teams, and one team from China and Japan each advanced to the quarterfinals.

In the K-League 1, Jeonbuk Hyundai and Ulsan HD will play the “Hyundai Ga Derby” to advance to the semifinals. The K-League 1 team’s showdown no longer gives both teams a chance to advance to the semifinals, but at least one team deserves comfort in that it will definitely advance to the semifinals.

Jeonbuk, which has won two games in Acham, beat Pohang 3-1 on aggregate in the first and second games, and Ulsan, which is aiming for its third career championship, also passed the round of 16 with a 5-1 total victory over Banpo Re Gofu (Japan). Ulsan dominated the game with Kim Ji-hyun scoring the first goal in the first minute in the second game of the away game in Japan on the 22nd. Kazushi Mitsuhira scored an equalizer in the 43rd minute of the second half, but Joo Min-gyu’s “theater goal” in the extra time secured a 2-1 victory to confirm their advance to the quarterfinals.

While the quarterfinals are also played in a home-and-away manner, Jeonbuk and Ulsan will play the first game at Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonbuk’s home, on the 5th of next month, and then move to Ulsan Munsu Stadium on the 13th to play the second game.

Shandong Taishan (China), led by head coach Choi Kang-hee, will advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in eight years since 2016 and compete with Japan’s Yokohama Marinos to advance to the semifinals.

In West Asia, three Saudi Arabian League clubs and Al Ain from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have advanced to the quarterfinals, attracting world-class players with the “oil dollar.” The clash between Al Ain, where South Korean national midfielder Park Yong-woo plays, and Al Nasr (Saudi Arabia) with “superstar” Cristiano Ronaldo is drawing attention.

Al-Itihad Saudi Arabia, which consists of Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and Fabinho, will face Al Hilal Saudi Arabia, which includes Neymar, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Maukong Silva, for the semifinals.

Due to the regional characteristics of Asia, the AFC Champions League will be divided into East and West Asia to the semifinals, and then the winners of the East and West regions will play the final to determine the best club teams in Asia. 안전 토토사이트

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