Kuala Lumpur: The four remaining teams in the 2019 AFC Champions League will return to action in the coming days with the first legs of the semi-finals to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Two-time winners Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan and China PR's Guangzhou Evergrande are aiming to lift the coveted trophy for an unprecedented third time, while 2011 winners Al Sadd from Qatar and Saudi heavweights Al Hilal will be looking to return Asian football's club crown to the West for the first time in eight years.
Saudi Arabia vs Qatar - A history of knockout stage encounters
Kuala Lumpur: Qatar’s Al Sadd are set to face Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in the 2019 AFC Champions League semi-final next week, having overcome another Saudi opponent - Al Nassr – in the previous round and this will be the latest in a long series of Saudi-Qatari clashes in the competition’s knockout stages.
Although clubs from Saudi Arabia and Qatar have appeared in every single edition of the AFC Champions League since its inception in 2002-03, they managed to avoid facing-off in the knockout stages until 2009, but in the decade since, they have been pitted together on 10 occasions. The-AFC.com looks back at how each of these encounters panned out.
Kuala Lumpur: Four years on from their last continental clash, West Asian heavyweights Al Sadd SC and Al Hilal SFC are set to lock horns again in the 2019 AFC Champions League semi-finals.
Wins were exchanged when the two sides met in the group stage of the 2015 edition, with Khalfan Ibrahim’s strike giving Al Sadd a 1-0 home win on Matchday Two and Al Hilal emerging 2-1 winners in Riyadh on Matchday Six; the last time the two sides met. the-AFC.com tracks where all 22 starting players involved in that last encounter are now.
Kuala Lumpur: Ahead of the 2019 AFC Champions League semi-finals, we reflect on five classic encounters from previous editions of the Continental competition.
Last minute winners, goal gluts and East-meet-West clashes, since the AFC Champions League's revamp in 2002-03, there have been plenty of thrills and spills when the tournament has reached the final four phase.
The-AFC.com looks back on some of these ties to remember and relive.
ACL 2019 Allianz Goal of the Week: Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal SFC)
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com has announced that Al Hilal's Salem Al Dawsari is the winner of this week’s Goal of the Week presented by Allianz for the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-final second legs on Friday.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2019 AFC Champions League is down to just four teams after the completion of the quarter-finals last week, with Al Hilal, Al Sadd, Guangzhou Evergrande and Urawa Red Diamonds all still in the hunt for Asia's biggest club prize.
The quartet will return for the semi-finals in a little over a week's time as the tournament heads towards a gripping climax, before which, join the-AFC.com as we look back at the week in numbers following a thrilling set of last-eight encounters.