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2015 AFC Champions League group stage

The 2015 AFC Champions League group stage was played from 24 February to 6 May 2015. A total of 32 teams competed in the group stage to decide the 16 places in the knockout stage of the 2015 AFC Champions League.[1]

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DrawEdit

The draw for the group stage was held on 11 December 2014, 16:00 UTC+8, at the Petaling Jaya Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[2] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four. Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same group.

The following 32 teams (16 from West Zone, 16 from East Zone) were entered into the group stage draw, which included the 24 automatic qualifiers and the eight qualifying play-off winners, whose identity was not known at the time of the draw:

Zone Teams
West Zone
(Groups A–D)
East Zone
(Groups E–H)

FormatEdit

In the group stage, each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the round of 16.

TiebreakersEdit

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[1]

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Greater number of away goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  5. If, after applying criteria 1 to 4, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 10 apply;
  6. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  7. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  8. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  9. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  10. Team who belongs to the member association with the higher AFC ranking.

GroupsEdit

The matchdays were 24–25 February, 3–4 March, 17–18 March, 7–8 April, 21–22 April, and 5–6 May 2015.[3]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LEK PER NSR BYD
1   Lekhwiya 6 4 1 1 9 5 +4 13 Advance to knockout stage 3–0 1–1 1–0
2   Persepolis 6 4 0 2 7 7 0 12 3–0 1–0 2–1
3   Al-Nassr 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1 8 1–3 3–0 1–1
4   Bunyodkor 6 0 1 5 2 7 −5 1 0–1 0–1 0–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Persepolis  3–0  Lekhwiya
Bengar   60'
Norouzi   66'
Nouri   83' (pen.)
Report

Bunyodkor  0–1  Persepolis
Report Nouri   21' (pen.)
Lekhwiya  1–1  Al-Nassr
Weiss   51' Report Musa   47' (o.g.)

Bunyodkor  0–1  Lekhwiya
Report Nam Tae-hee   28' (pen.)
Attendance: 9,820
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)
Al-Nassr  3–0  Persepolis
Mierzejewski   32'
Estoyanoff   86'
Al-Raheb   90+5'
Report

Persepolis  1–0  Al-Nassr
Taremi   62' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
Lekhwiya  1–0  Bunyodkor
Weiss   43' Report

Bunyodkor  0–1  Al-Nassr
Report Mierzejewski   33'
Lekhwiya  3–0  Persepolis
Msakni   69'
Nam Tae-hee   83'
Afif   90+3'
Report

Al-Nassr  1–3  Lekhwiya
Al-Raheb   36' Report Msakni   28'
Nam Tae-hee   32'
Soria   58' (pen.)
Persepolis  2–1  Bunyodkor
Nouri   49' (pen.)
Jurabaev   73' (o.g.)
Report Rashidov   61'
Attendance: 100,000

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AIN NAF PAK SHB
1   Al-Ain 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 12 Advance to knockout stage 3–0 1–1 0–0
2   Naft Tehran 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8 1–1 1–1 2–1
3   Pakhtakor 6 1 3 2 6 8 −2 6 0–1 2–1 0–2
4   Al-Shabab 6 1 2 3 5 8 −3 5 0–1 0–3 2–2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Pakhtakor  2–1  Naft Tehran
Makharadze   48'
Sergeev   85'
Report Ghorbani   59'
Al-Ain  0–0  Al-Shabab
Report

Naft Tehran  1–1  Al-Ain
Kouroshi   50' Report Gyan   58' (pen.)
Attendance: 3,300
Referee: Tan Hai (China)
Al-Shabab  2–2  Pakhtakor
Al-Khaibari   35'
Hazazi   84'
Report Sergeev   62'
Makharadze   71' (pen.)

Pakhtakor  0–1  Al-Ain
Report Stoch   61'
Naft Tehran  2–1  Al-Shabab
Motahari   86'
Padovani   90'
Report Hazazi   43' (pen.)
Attendance: 1,560

Al-Ain  1–1  Pakhtakor
Kembo   20' Report Sergeev   45+2'
Al-Shabab  0–3  Naft Tehran
Report Amiri   57'
Motahari   83'
Aliyari   90+1'

Naft Tehran  1–1  Pakhtakor
Rezaei   25' Report Kozak   36'
Attendance: 1,840
Al-Shabab  0–1  Al-Ain
Report Gyan   58'

Al-Ain  3–0  Naft Tehran
Abdulrahman   63'
Gyan   74'
Kembo   87'
Report

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification HIL SAD FOO LOK
1   Al-Hilal 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 13 Advance to knockout stage 2–1 2–0 3–1
2   Al-Sadd 6 3 1 2 9 9 0 10 1–0 1–0 6–2
3   Foolad 6 1 3 2 2 4 −2 6 0–0 0–0 1–0
4   Lokomotiv Tashkent 6 1 1 4 10 13 −3 4 1–2 5–0 1–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Foolad  0–0  Al-Sadd
Report
Attendance: 37,843
Al-Hilal  3–1  Lokomotiv Tashkent
Kariri   11'
Al-Salem   14'
Neves   71'
Report Mirzayev   39'

Lokomotiv Tashkent  1–1  Foolad
Zoteev   6' Report Jama'ati   32'
Attendance: 7,456
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Al-Sadd  1–0  Al-Hilal
Ibrahim   29' Report
Attendance: 6,843
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)

Foolad  0–0  Al-Hilal
Report
Attendance: 37,452
Al-Sadd  6–2  Lokomotiv Tashkent
Ibrahim   27' (pen.)50'
Al-Haydos   34'
Belhadj   40'
Hassan   63'
Grafite   66'
Report Kojašević   56'
J. J. Hasanov   77' (pen.)

Lokomotiv Tashkent  5–0  Al-Sadd
Bikmaev   7'14'
Shoakhmedov   55'
Kojašević   79'
Koryan   90+1'
Report
Al-Hilal  2–0  Foolad
Al-Shamrani   46'
Al-Shahrani   61'
Report

Lokomotiv Tashkent  1–2  Al-Hilal
Abdukholiqov   90+4' Report Al Abed   56'
Al-Zori   72'
Al-Sadd  1–0  Foolad
Muriqui   42' Report

Foolad  1–0  Lokomotiv Tashkent
Jahantigh   89' Report
Attendance: 2,142
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
Al-Hilal  2–1  Al-Sadd
Al-Salem   20'
Kasola   69' (o.g.)
Report Al-Haydos   32' (pen.)

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AH(S) AH(U) NSF TRA
1   Al-Ahli 6 3 3 0 11 7 +4 12 Advance to knockout stage 2–1 2–1 2–0
2   Al-Ahli 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8 3–3 0–0 3–2
3   Nasaf Qarshi 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8 0–0 0–1 2–1
4   Tractor Sazi 6 1 1 4 7 11 −4 4 2–2 1–0 1–2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Nasaf Qarshi  2–1  Tractor Sazi
Shomurodov   46'
Karimov   52'
Report Edinho   32'
Al-Ahli  3–3  Al-Ahli
Al Hammadi   19'79'
Khalil   43'
Report Osvaldo   2'
Al-Mogahwi   41'
Al-Jassim   57'
Attendance: 7,200
Referee: Minoru Tōjō (Japan)

Tractor Sazi  1–0  Al-Ahli
Ahmadzadeh   40' Report
Al-Ahli  2–1  Nasaf Qarshi
Al Soma   22'
Al-Amari   78'
Report Geworkýan   65'

Al-Ahli  0–0  Nasaf Qarshi
Report
Al-Ahli  2–0  Tractor Sazi
Al-Jassim   71'79' Report
Attendance: 45,482
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)

Tractor Sazi  2–2  Al-Ahli
Edinho   60'
Saghebi   77'
Report Al Soma   74'90'
Attendance: 32,500
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Nasaf Qarshi  0–1  Al-Ahli
Report Ribeiro   81'

Al-Ahli  2–1  Al-Ahli
Abu Radeah   78'
Bruno César   90+4'
Report Ribeiro   16'

Al-Ahli  3–2  Tractor Sazi
Ribeiro   58'
Khalil   77'88'
Report Bayrami   21'
Nariman Jahan   67'
Attendance: 3,540
Nasaf Qarshi  0–0  Al-Ahli
Report
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Masaaki Toma (Japan)

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification KSW JHM SLT BBD
1   Kashiwa Reysol 6 3 2 1 14 9 +5 11 Advance to knockout stage 3–2 2–1 5–1
2   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 3 2 1 14 6 +8 11 0–0 4–1 3–0
3   Shandong Luneng Taishan 6 2 1 3 13 17 −4 7 4–4 1–4 3–1
4   Becamex Bình Dương 6 1 1 4 6 15 −9 4 1–0 1–1 2–3
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Becamex Bình Dương  2–3  Shandong Luneng Taishan
Oseni   48'
Wang Qiang   56' (o.g.)
Report Wang Yongpo   47'
Yang Xu   61'81'

Kashiwa Reysol  5–1  Becamex Bình Dương
Kudo   42'67'
Vranković   44' (o.g.)
Kim Chang-soo   56'
Otani   75'
Report Oseni   82'


Shandong Luneng Taishan  4–4  Kashiwa Reysol
Wang Yongpo   4'
Júnior Urso   34'
Montillo   37'
Yang Xu   49' (pen.)
Report Leandro   23'
Kudo   29'
Cristiano   32'76'

Kashiwa Reysol  3–2  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Eduardo   9'
Taketomi   20'39'
Report Lee Dong-gook   67'81'

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GAM SNM BUR GRF
1   Gamba Osaka 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10 Advance to knockout stage 2–1 1–1 0–2
2   Seongnam FC 6 3 1 2 7 5 +2 10 2–0 2–1 0–0
3   Buriram United 6 3 1 2 12 7 +5 10 1–2 2–1 5–0
4   Guangzhou R&F 6 1 1 4 3 13 −10 4 0–5 0–1 1–2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Gamba Osaka  0–2  Guangzhou R&F
Report Hamdallah   10'
Wang Song   80'
Attendance: 8,848
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

Seongnam FC  2–0  Gamba Osaka
Bueno   8' (pen.)
Hwang Ui-jo   67'
Report

Guangzhou R&F  0–1  Seongnam FC
Report Hwang Ui-jo   27'
Attendance: 8,638
Gamba Osaka  1–1  Buriram United
Abe   39' Report Theeraton   62'
Attendance: 6,469

Buriram United  1–2  Gamba Osaka
Theeraton   9' Report Lins   41'
Omori   87'
Attendance: 23,987
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)

Seongnam FC  2–1  Buriram United
Kim Do-heon   27' (pen.)
Nam Joon-jae   38'
Report Diogo   77'
Guangzhou R&F  0–5  Gamba Osaka
Report Patric   14'45'
Abe   44'68'
Usami   70'

Buriram United  5–0  Guangzhou R&F
Diogo   12'38'56'
Túñez   36'
Macena   59'
Report

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BJG SSB BRI URA
1   Beijing Guoan 6 3 2 1 6 3 +3 11 Advance to knockout stage 1–0 0–1 2–0
2   Suwon Samsung Bluewings 6 3 2 1 11 8 +3 11 1–1 3–1 2–1
3   Brisbane Roar 6 2 1 3 7 9 −2 7 0–1 3–3 1–2
4   Urawa Red Diamonds 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 4 1–1 1–2 0–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Brisbane Roar  0–1  Beijing Guoan
Report Shao Jiayi   90+3'
Attendance: 6,851
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)


Brisbane Roar  3–3  Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Borrello   13'
Clut   22'80'
Report Seo Jung-jin   39'50'
Jong Tae-se   71'

Urawa Red Diamonds  1–1  Beijing Guoan
Makino   74' Report Yu Dabao   33'
Attendance: 13,683

Urawa Red Diamonds  1–2  Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Ljubijankić   69' Report Ko Cha-won   74'
Kaio   89'
Attendance: 13,924
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
Beijing Guoan  0–1  Brisbane Roar
Report Kaluđerović   39'

Brisbane Roar  1–2  Urawa Red Diamonds
Kaluđerović   70' Report Koroki   24'
Muto   57'
Attendance: 5,941

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GET SEO WSW KSM
1   Guangzhou Evergrande 6 3 1 2 9 9 0 10 Advance to knockout stage 1–0 0–2 4–3
2   FC Seoul 6 2 3 1 5 4 +1 9 0–0 0–0 1–0
3   Western Sydney Wanderers 6 2 2 2 9 7 +2 8 2–3 1–1 1–2
4   Kashima Antlers 6 2 0 4 10 13 −3 6 2–1 2–3 1–3
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Kashima Antlers  1–3  Western Sydney Wanderers
Doi   68' Report Shoji   54' (o.g.)
Takahagi   86'
Bridge   90+3'
Guangzhou Evergrande  1–0  FC Seoul
Goulart   31' Report

Western Sydney Wanderers  2–3  Guangzhou Evergrande
La Rocca   57'
Castelen   90+5'
Report Goulart   19'58'64'
FC Seoul  1–0  Kashima Antlers
Kim Jin-kyu   66' Report

Guangzhou Evergrande  4–3  Kashima Antlers
Goulart   10'62'
Elkeson   57'
Zhao Xuri   90+2'
Report Takasaki   36'
Doi   51'
Shibasaki   90+3'

Western Sydney Wanderers  1–1  FC Seoul
Bulut   12' Report Go Yo-han   72'

Western Sydney Wanderers  1–2  Kashima Antlers
Rukavytsya   24' Report Doi   66'
Kanazaki   90+1'
Attendance: 5,221

Guangzhou Evergrande  0–2  Western Sydney Wanderers
Report Bridge   33'
Juric   90+3'
Attendance: 35,641
Kashima Antlers  2–3  FC Seoul
Akasaki   8'
Shibasaki   79'
Report Lee Woong-hee   36'
Osmar   51'
Molina   90+1'

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "AFC Champions League 2015 Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC.
  2. ^ "AFC Champions League 2015 Draw". AFC. 12 December 2014.
  3. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2015" (PDF). AFC.

External linksEdit