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2021 AFC Champions League Quarter-final cast finalised


Kuala Lumpur: The cast for the 2021 AFC Champions League quarter-finals has been confirmed following the final two Round of 16 matches on Wednesday.

The eight teams will know their quarter-final opponents in Friday's draw at 15:00 (UTC+8) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Korea Republic's Pohang Steelers and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors joined defending champions Ulsan Hyundai FC and Japan's Nagoya Grampus in the East quarter-finals.

Pohang defeated Japan's Cerezo Osaka 1-0 on Wednesday, while Jeonbuk saw off the challenge of BG Pathum United through a 4-2 penalty shootout win after the match ended 1-1 after extra-time.

Ulsan Hyundai, seeking to lift the AFC Champions League trophy for a third time, defeated Japan's Kawasaki Frontale 3-2 on penalties after their Round of 16 tie ended 0-0 after extra time on Tuesday

Nagoya Grampus impressed in their win over Korea Republic's Daegu FC as a hat-trick from Jakub Swierczok saw them come from behind twice to walk away with a 4-2 score.

Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal SFC, the 2019 champions, were the first team from the West to book their quarter-final ticket with a 2-0 win over IR Iran's Esteghlal FC on Monday.

Joining them in the last eight were fellow Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr, who edged IR Iran's Tractor FC 1-0 on Tuesday.

Al Wahda FSCC also advanced after a hard-fought 5-4 win on penalties against fellow UAE Pro League side Sharjah, with the tie ending 1-1 after extra time.

Persepolis FC, runners-up in 2018 and 2020, impressed in a 1-0 win over debutants FC Istiklol of Tajikistan with the IR Iran champions overcoming partisan support to advance.


Click HERE to watch the 2021 AFC Champions League quarter-final draw live on Friday.

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