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The 2015 AFC Champions League Final was the final of the 2015 AFC Champions League, the 34th edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 13th under the current AFC Champions League title.

2015 AFC Champions League Final
Event2015 AFC Champions League
on aggregate
First leg
Date7 November 2015
VenueAl-Rashid Stadium, Dubai
AFC Man of the MatchZheng Zhi (Guangzhou Evergrande)[1]
RefereeKim Jong-hyeok (South Korea)
Attendance9,480
WeatherClear and warm
25 °C (77 °F)
62% humidity[1]
Second leg
Date21 November 2015
VenueTianhe Stadium, Guangzhou
AFC Man of the MatchElkeson (Guangzhou Evergrande)[2]
RefereeRavshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Attendance42,499
WeatherHot
27 °C (81 °F)
88% humidity[2]
2014
2016

The final was contested in two-legged home-and-away format between Emiratis team Al-Ahli and Chinese team Guangzhou Evergrande. The first leg hosted by Al-Ahli at Al-Rashid Stadium in Dubai on 7 November 2015, while the second leg hosted by Guangzhou Evergrande at the Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou on 21 November 2015. Having previously won the tournament in 2013 Guangzhou Evergrande has making its second final appearance in three years.

Guangzhou Evergrande won the final 1–0 on aggregate and earned the right to represent the AFC at the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup, entering at the quarterfinal stage.

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Qualified teamsEdit

Team Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)
  Al-Ahli None
  Guangzhou Evergrande 2013

VenuesEdit

 
The Al-Rashid Stadium hosted first leg of the final.
 
The Tianhe Stadium hosted second leg of the final.

The 2015 AFC Champions League Final was contested in two-legged home-and-away format, held at the home of both finalists. It was the third consecutive year that the AFC adopted such an arrangement.

Al-Ahli's home venue, Al-Rashid Stadium, is a 9,415 seated stadium located in the city of Dubai.

Two previous final has been held in United Arab Emirates. The first one was in the first leg of the 2002–03 final, Al Ain defeated BEC Tero Sasana F.C. 2–0 in Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium in the city of Al Ain, and they eventually claimed the title 2–1 on aggregate. The second one was 10 years ago, in the first leg of the 2005 final, Al Ain was defeated by Saudis' team, Al-Ittihad, and they eventually lost the title 3–5 on aggregate.

Guangzhou Evergrande's home venue, Tianhe Stadium, is a 58,500 seated stadium located in the city of Guangzhou.

In the history of the competition, two finals have been held in China and this final will be the third, and the second that Guangzhou hosted. The first final hosted by a Chinese city in 1989–90, which was won by Chinese side Liaoning FC 3–2 against Nissan Yokohama in the city of Shenyang. The next final, the 2013 and second leg of the 2013, was hosted in Guangzhou. The 2013 final was won by Guangzhou Evergrande on the away goals rule with 3–3 on aggregate.

Road to the finalEdit

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

  Al-Ahli Round   Guangzhou Evergrande
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
  Al-Ahli 3–3 (H) Matchday 1   FC Seoul 1–0 (H)
  Tractor Sazi 0–1 (A) Matchday 2   Western Sydney Wanderers 3–2 (A)
  FC Nasaf 0–0 (H) Matchday 3   Kashima Antlers 4–3 (H)
  FC Nasaf 1–0 (A) Matchday 4   Kashima Antlers 1–2 (A)
  Al-Ahli 1–2 (A) Matchday 5   FC Seoul 0–0 (A)
  Tractor Sazi 3–2 (H) Matchday 6   Western Sydney Wanderers 0–2 (H)
Group D runners-up
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Al-Ahli 6 12
2   Al-Ahli 6 8
3   Nasaf Qarshi 6 8
4   Tractor Sazi 6 4
Source: AFC
Final standings Group H winner
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Guangzhou Evergrande 6 10
2   FC Seoul 6 9
3   Western Sydney Wanderers 6 8
4   Kashima Antlers 6 6
Source: AFC
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout stage Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  Al-Ain 3–3 (a) 0–0 (H) 3–3 (A) Round of 16   Seongnam FC 3–2 1–2 (A) 2–0 (H)
  Naft Tehran 3–1 1–0 (A) 2–1 (H) Quarter-finals   Kashiwa Reysol 4–2 3–1 (A) 1–1 (H)
  Al-Hilal 4–3 1–1 (A) 3–2 (H) Semi-finals   Gamba Osaka 2–1 2–1 (H) 0–0 (A)

RulesEdit

The final was played on a home-and-away two-legged basis, with the order of legs decided by draw. The away goals rule, extra time (away goals do not apply in extra time) and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary.[3]

Match detailsEdit

First legEdit

SummaryEdit

DetailsEdit

Al-Ahli  0–0  Guangzhou Evergrande
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Al-Ahli
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guangzhou Evergrande
GK 12   Ahmed Mahmoud
RB 26   Abdulaziz Haikel   84'
CB 2   Salmeen Khamis
CB 21   Kwon Kyung-won   90+3'
LB 62   Abdelaziz Sanqour   72'
RM 8   Everton Ribeiro   90'
CM 88   Majed Hassan
LM 4   Habib Fardan
RF 11   Ahmed Khalil (c)   88'
CF 9   Lima
LF 7   Ismail Al Hammadi
Substitutes:
GK 55   Majed Naser
DF 5   Walid Abbas   72'
DF 80   Humaid Abdulla   88'
DF 77   Yousef Al Sayed
MF 6   Hassan Abdurahman
MF 71   Nawaf Mubarak
FW 14   Oussama Assaidi   90'
Manager:
  Cosmin Olăroiu
GK 19   Zeng Cheng
RB 5   Zhang Linpeng
CB 3   Mei Fang   80'
CB 6   Feng Xiaoting
LB 35   Li Xuepeng   70'
CM 8   Paulinho
CM 10   Zheng Zhi (c)
RW 16   Huang Bowen
AM 11   Ricardo Goulart   59'
LW 27   Zheng Long   46'
CF 9   Elkeson   36'
Substitutes:
GK 22   Li Shuai
DF 17   Liu Jian
MF 2   Liao Lisheng
MF 12   Wang Shangyuan
MF 20   Yu Hanchao   59'
MF 25   Zou Zheng   70'
FW 29   Gao Lin   46'
Manager:
  Luiz Felipe Scolari

AFC Man of the Match:
  Zheng Zhi (Guangzhou Evergrande)

Assistant referees:
Jeong Hae-sang (South Korea)
Yoon Kwang-yeol (South Korea)
Fourth official:
Kim Hee-gon (South Korea)

StatisticsEdit

Second legEdit

SummaryEdit

DetailsEdit

Guangzhou Evergrande  1–0  Al-Ahli
Elkeson   54' Report
Attendance: 42,499
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guangzhou Evergrande
 
 
 
 
 
 
Al-Ahli
GK 19   Zeng Cheng   38'
RB 5   Zhang Linpeng
CB 6   Feng Xiaoting
CB 28   Kim Young-gwon
LB 25   Zou Zheng   72'
DM 10   Zheng Zhi (c)
DM 8   Paulinho
AM 11   Ricardo Goulart   90+1'
RW 16   Huang Bowen   76'
LW 27   Zheng Long   87'
CF 9   Elkeson
Substitutes:
GK 22   Li Shuai   38'
DF 3   Mei Fang
DF 33   Rong Hao
DF 35   Li Xuepeng
MF 17   Liu Jian   87'
MF 20   Yu Hanchao
FW 29   Gao Lin   90+1'
Manager:
  Luiz Felipe Scolari
GK 12   Ahmed Mahmoud
RB 62   Abdelaziz Sanqour
CB 2   Salmeen Khamis   67'
CB 21   Kwon Kyung-won
LB 5   Walid Abbas
RM 8   Everton Ribeiro
CM 88   Majed Hassan   11'   90+3'
LM 4   Habib Fardan   65'
RF 9   Lima
CF 11   Ahmed Khalil (c)   63'
LF 7   Ismail Al Hammadi
Substitutes:
GK 55   Majed Naser
DF 57   Mohamed Sebil   90+3'
DF 80   Humaid Abbas   65'
MF 6   Hassan Abdurahman
MF 70   Waleed Hussain
MF 71   Nawaf Mubarak
FW 14   Oussama Assaidi   63'
Manager:
  Cosmin Olăroiu

AFC Man of the Match:
  Elkeson (Guangzhou Evergrande)

Assistant referees:
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Jahongir Saidov (Uzbekistan)
Fourth official:
Valentin Kovalenko (Uzbekistan)

StatisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2015 AFC Champions League Final First Leg Match Summary: Al-Ahli v Guangzhou Evergrande". AFC. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "2015 AFC Champions League Final First Leg Match Summary: Guangzhou Evergrande v Al-Ahli". AFC. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  3. ^ "AFC Champions League 2015 Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "AFC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2015 MATCH CENTRE". AFC. Archived from the original on 21 November 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015.

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