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AFC Cup 2018 knockout stage draw confirmed

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kuala Lumpur: 2016 AFC Cup runners-up Bengaluru FC have been handed a tough encounter against Altyn Asyr while Home United or Ceres Negros will take on 4.25 following the official draw for the Inter-Zone Playoff Semi-finals in the Malaysian capital on Wednesday.

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Inter-Zone playoff Semi-final 1 - Home United-Ceres Negros v 4.25


Date: August 21, 2018; Venue: TBC



East Zone champions 4.25 of DPR Korea who will be hoping to better their record in the competition, will face either Home United or Ceres Negros, who will meet in the ASEAN Zonal Final on August 1 and 8.



Pak Sung-jin’s side have never made it past the Inter-Zone Playoff Semi-finals, with their only appearance coming last year where they lost to Bengaluru over two legs.



Home United and Ceres Negros will go head to head in the ASEAN Zonal Final after seeing off Persija Jakarta and Yangon United respectively in the the Zonal Semi-finals.


 



Inter-Zone playoff Semi-final 2 - Bengaluru v Altyn Asyr


Date: August 22, 2018; Venue: Sree Kanteerava Stadium



Bengaluru, who will be making their fourth consecutive appearance in the knockout stage of the AFC Cup, will face an Altyn side who produced a remarkable 4-3 win over last year’s runners-up Istiklol on Matchday Six - scoring the winner deep in added time.



Both sides have never played each other with Altyn making their first appearance in the knockout stage of the AFC Cup following their record of four wins and two draws in the group stages.



In the Zonal Finals, Al Jazeera from Jordan will play host to defending champions Air Force Club of Iraq at the Amman International Stadium while Ceres Negros of the Philippines will take on Singapore's Home United at the Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium in the ASEAN Zonal Final.



The winners of the Inter-Zone Playoff Semi-finals will advance to the two-leg Inter-Zone Playoff Final - on September 9 and October 3 - with the winners going on to face either Al Jazeera or defending champions Air Force Club, who will play in the West Asia Zonal Final on September 18 and October 2.



The AFC Cup Final will be played on October 27.

The winners of the Inter-Zone Playoff Semi-finals will advance to the two-leg Inter-Zone Playoff Final - on September 9 and October 3 - with the winners going on to face either Al Jazeera or defending champions Air Force Club, who will play in the West Asia Zonal Final on September 18 and October 2.



The AFC Cup Final will be played on October 27.