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The 2007 AFC Champions League was the 26th edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament and the 5th edition under the current AFC Champions League title.

2007 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates7 March – 14 November 2007
Teams28
Final positions
ChampionsJapan Urawa Red Diamonds (1st title)
Runners-upIran Sepahan
Tournament statistics
Matches played92
Goals scored230 (2.5 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Mota
(7 goals)
Best player(s)Japan Yuichiro Nagai
2006
2008

Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds became champions for the first time, beating Sepahan of Iran and becoming the fourth Japanese club to win the Asian championship, and qualified for the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup.

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Participating clubsEdit

Along with the defending champion, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, 28 other clubs from fourteen countries qualified based on performance in domestic league and cup competitions. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors entered the competition at the quarter-finals.

The draw took place in Kuala Lumpur on 22 December, allocating teams into seven groups. In February, the AFC disqualified Esteghlal Tehran from Group B for failing to register their players in time.[1] This reduced the number of competing teams to 28.

Defending Champions (1)
  Korea Republic (1) Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (2006 AFC Champions League winners)
East Asia & ASEAN (12)
  Australia (2) Adelaide United (2005–06 A-League premiers)
Sydney FC (2006 A-League Grand Final winners)
  China (2) Shandong Luneng Taishan (2006 Chinese Super League champions and 2006 Chinese FA Cup winners)
Shanghai Shenhua (2006 Chinese Super League runners-up)
  Indonesia (2) Persik Kediri (2006 Liga Indonesia Premier Division champions)
Arema Malang (2006 Copa Indonesia winners)
  Japan (2) Urawa Red Diamonds (2006 J. League Division 1 champions and 2006–07 Emperor's Cup winners)
Kawasaki Frontale (2006 J. League Division 1 runners-up)
  Korea Republic (2) Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (2006 K-League champions)
Chunnam Dragons (2006 Korean FA Cup winners)
  Thailand (1) Bangkok University FC (2006 Thailand Premier League champions)
  Vietnam (1) Gach Dong Tam Long An (2006 V-League champions)
Central & South Asia and West Asia (16) (15)
  Iran (2) (1) Esteghlal (2005–06 Iran Pro League champions)
Sepahan (2005–06 Hazfi Cup winners)
  Iraq (2) Al-Zawraa (2005–06 Iraqi Premier League champions)
Najaf FC (2005–06 Iraqi Premier League runners-up)
  Kuwait (2) Al Kuwait (2005–06 Kuwaiti Premier League champions)
Al-Arabi (2006 Kuwait Emir Cup winners)
  Qatar (2) Al Sadd (2005–06 Qatar Stars League champions)
Al-Rayyan (2006 Emir of Qatar Cup winners)
  Saudi Arabia (2) Al-Shabab (2005–06 Saudi Premier League champions)
Al-Hilal (2005–06 Saudi Crown Prince Cup winners)
  Syria (2) Al-Karamah (2005–06 Syrian League champions)
Al-Ittihad (2005–06 Syrian Cup winners)
  UAE (2) Al-Wahda (2005–06 UAE Football League runners-up)
Al Ain (2005–06 UAE Emir Cup winners)
  Uzbekistan (2) Pakhtakor (2006 Uzbek League champions and 2006 Uzbekistani Cup winners)
Neftchi (2006 Uzbek League runners-up)

FormatEdit

Group Stage

A total of 28 clubs were divided into 7 groups of four, based on region i.e. East Asian and Southeast Asian clubs were drawn in groups E to G, while the rest were grouped in groups A to D. Each club played double round-robin (home and away) against fellow three group members, a total of 6 matches each. Clubs received 3pts for a win, 1pt for a tie, 0pts for a loss. The clubs were ranked according to points and tie breakers were in the following order:

  • Points earned between the clubs in question
  • Goal Differential between the clubs in question
  • Points earned within the group
  • Goal Differential within the group
  • Goals For within the group

The seven group winners along with the defending champion advanced to the quarter-finals.

Knockout Round

All eight clubs were randomly matched; however, the only restriction was that the clubs from the same country could not face each other in the quarter-finals. The games were conducted in 2 legs, home and away, and the aggregate score decided the match winner. If the aggregate score couldn't produce a winner, "away goals rule" was used. If still tied, clubs played extra time, where "away goals rule" still applied. If still tied, the game went to penalties.

Group stageEdit

Group matches were scheduled to be played over match days on 7 March 21 March 11 April 25 April 9 and 23 May 2007.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Al-Wahda 6 4 1 1 13 6 +7 13
  Al-Zawraa 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11
  Al-Arabi 6 2 1 3 10 12 −2 7
  Al-Rayyan 6 0 2 4 3 11 −8 2

Al-Wahda  4–1  Al-Arabi
Mamadou Bagayoko   40'   56' (pen.)
Saleh Al Menhali   63'
Bashir Saeed   68'
(Report) Mohamed Jarragh   35'


Al-Rayyan  1–3  Al-Arabi
Thiago Ribeiro   44' (report) Khaled Khalaf   25'
Firas Al Khatib   63'69'
Al-Wahda  1–1  Al-Zawraa
Abdulrahim Jumaa   57' (report) Haidar Sabah   75'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Jasim Karim (Bahrain)

Al-Zawraa  3–2  Al-Arabi
Wissam Kadhim   21'
Ahmad Ibrahim   70'
Nawaf Falah   78'
(Report) Firas Al Khatib   50'84'

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Al-Hilal 4 2 2 0 5 1 +4 8
  Pakhtakor 4 2 0 2 3 5 −2 6
  Al Kuwait 4 0 2 2 2 4 −2 2
  Esteghlal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ Esteghlal was disqualified for failing to submit their players list in time.


Pakhtakor  0–2  Al-Hilal
(Report) Omar Al-Ghamdi   54'
Rodrigão   59'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Junjie Huang (China)

Al-Hilal  2–0  Pakhtakor
Rodrigão   30'   90' (pen.) (report)


Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Al-Karamah 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 11
  Neftchi 6 3 1 2 6 7 −1 10
  Najaf FC 6 2 2 2 9 8 +1 8
  Al Sadd 6 1 1 4 6 10 −4 4
Najaf FC  0–1  Neftchi
(Report) Kholmatov   71'

Al Sadd  1–4  Najaf FC
Talal Al Bloushi   45' (Report) Aqeel Mohammed   47'
Saeed Mohsen   55'   86' (pen.)
Karrar Jassim   70'
Attendance: 1,500

Al Sadd  2–0  Neftchi
Khalfan Ibrahim   65'
Emerson   75'
(Report)
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China)
Al Karamah  1–1  Najaf FC
Fahd Awde   90' (pen.) (Report) Falah Hasan Kadhim   71'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Jasim Karim (Bahrain)

Najaf FC  2–4  Al-Karamah
Saeed Mohsen   7' (pen.)
Qassim Faraj   86' (pen.)
(Report) Jehad Al Hussein   46'52'
Fahd Awde   50'
Senghor Koupouleni   65'
Neftchi  2–1  Al Sadd
Iqboljon Akramov   1'
Nasim Shoimov   41'
(Report) Emerson   17'

Al Sadd  1–1  Al-Karamah
Ali Nasser   16' (Report) Iyad Mando   44'
Attendance: 2,000
Neftchi  1–1  Najaf FC
Kholmatov   43' (Report) Ali Mohammed   60'
Attendance: 16,000

Al-Karamah  2–0  Neftchi
Iyad Mando   12'50' (Report)

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Sepahan 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13
  Al-Shabab 6 3 1 2 9 3 +6 10
  Al Ain 6 1 3 2 5 8 −3 6
  Al-Ittihad 6 0 3 3 3 13 −10 3
Sepahan  2–1  Al-Ittihad
Mehdi Seyed Salehi   19'29' (Report) Anas Sari   12'

Al-Ittihad  0–0  Al Ain
(Report)


Sepahan  1–1  Al Ain
Hossein Papi   49' (Report) Hawar Mulla Mohammed   86'
Attendance: 25,000
Al-Ittihad  1–1  Al-Shabab
Ammar Rihawi   36' (Report) Ahmed Ateef   65'

Al-Ittihad  0–5  Sepahan
(Report) Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail   10'
Mohammad Nori   40'55'
Emad Mohammed   70'90'

Al Ain  1–1  Al-Ittihad
Ghareeb Hareb   53' (Report) Anas Sari   90'
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Huang Junjie (China)

Group EEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Urawa Red Diamonds 6 2 4 0 9 5 +4 10
  Sydney FC 6 2 3 1 8 5 +3 9
  Persik Kediri 6 2 1 3 6 16 −10 7
  Shanghai Shenhua 6 1 2 3 7 4 +3 5
Shanghai Shenhua  1–2  Sydney FC
Xie Hui   78' (Report) Steve Corica   8'
Ufuk Talay   23'



Sydney FC  3–0  Persik Kediri
Steve Corica   54'90'
Alex Brosque   73'
(Report)
Attendance: 10,075
Referee: Minh Tri Vo (Vietnam)


Shanghai Shenhua  6–0  Persik Kediri
Xie Hui   8'
Gao Lin   25'
Diego Alonso   79'87'90'
Sergio Blanco   86'
(Report)
Attendance: 8,000

Group FEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Kawasaki Frontale 6 5 1 0 15 4 +11 16
  Chunnam Dragons 6 3 1 2 7 8 −1 10
  Arema Malang 6 1 1 4 2 9 −7 4
  Bangkok University 6 0 3 3 4 7 −3 3
Arema Malang  1–3  Kawasaki Frontale
Elie Aiboy   12' (Report) Magnum   1'73'
Kengo Nakamura   82'

Chunnam Dragons  2–0  Arema Malang
Kim Tae-Su   48'
Sandro Cardoso   82'
(Report)
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Huang Junjie (China)

Chunnam Dragons  1–3  Kawasaki Frontale
Kang Min-Soo   90' (Report) Juninho   29' (pen.)   70'
Magnum   57'



Group GEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 6 4 1 1 13 6 +7 13
  Shandong Luneng Taishan 6 4 1 1 12 8 +4 13
  Adelaide United 6 2 2 2 9 6 +3 8
  Gach Dong Tam Long An 6 0 0 6 4 18 −14 0


Shandong Luneng Taishan  4–0  Gach Dong Tam Long An
Han Peng   42'52'
Wang Yongpo   54'
Li Jinyu   74'
(Report)
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Win Cho (Myanmar)



Knock-out stageEdit

BracketEdit

  Quarter finals Semi-finals Final
                                   
  Sepahan (p) 0 0 0 (5)  
  Kawasaki Frontale 0 0 0 (4)  
    Sepahan 3 0 3  
    Al-Wahda 1 0 1  
  Al-Wahda (a) 0 1 1
  Al-Hilal 0 1 1  
    Sepahan 1 0 1
    Urawa Red Diamonds 1 2 3
  Seognam Ilhwa Chunma 2 2 4  
  Al-Karamah 1 0 1  
    Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 2 2 4 (3)
    Urawa Red Diamonds (p) 2 2 4 (5)  
  Urawa Red Diamonds 2 2 4
  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
(2006 Champion)
1 0 1  

Quarter-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sepahan   0–0 (5–4p)   Kawasaki Frontale 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
Al-Wahda   1–1 (a)   Al-Hilal 0–0 1–1
Seognam Ilhwa Chunma   4–1   Al-Karamah 2–1 2–0
Urawa Red Diamonds   4–1   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
(2006 Champion)
2–1 2–0

First legEdit

Sepahan  0–0  Kawasaki Frontale
Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Jasim Karim (Bahrain)

Al-Wahda  0–0  Al-Hilal
Report
Attendance: 12,000


Second legEdit

  • Sepahan progress 5–4 on penalties after 0–0 aggregate score

  • Al-Wahda progress on away goals rule with 1–1 aggregate score

  • Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma progress 4–1 on aggregate

  • Urawa Red Diamonds progress 4–1 on aggregate

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sepahan   3–1   Al-Wahda 3–1 0–0
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma   4–4 (3–5p)   Urawa Red Diamonds 2–2 2–2 (a.e.t.)

First legEdit


Second legEdit

  • Urawa Red Diamonds progress 5–3 on penalties after 4–4 aggregate score

Al-Wahda  0–0  Sepahan
Report
Attendance: 13,000
  • Sepahan progress 3–1 on aggregate

FinalEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sepahan   1–3   Urawa Red Diamonds 1–1 0–2

First legEdit

Second legEdit

Urawa Red Diamonds  2–0  Sepahan
Yuichiro Nagai   22'
Yuki Abe   71'
Report
  • Urawa Red Diamonds win 3–1 on aggregate

Top scorersEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Esteghlal disqualified from AFC League". PressTV. 26 February 2007. Archived from the original on 18 November 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2015.