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2016 AFC Champions League group stage

The 2016 AFC Champions League group stage was played from 23 February to 4 May 2016.[1] A total of 32 teams competed in the group stage to decide the 16 places in the knockout stage of the 2016 AFC Champions League.[2]

DrawEdit

The draw for the group stage was held on 10 December 2015, 16:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the Petaling Jaya Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[3] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four. Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same group.[4][5]

The seeding of each team in the draw was determined by their association and their qualifying position within their association. The mechanism of the draw was as follows:[6]

  • For the West Zone, a draw was held for the three associations with three direct entrants (Saudi Arabia, Iran, Uzbekistan) to determine the seeds 1 placed in order for Groups A, B and C. The remaining teams were then allocated to the groups according to the rules set by AFC.
  • For the East Zone, a draw was held for the two associations with three direct entrants (South Korea, Japan) to determine the seeds 1 placed in order for Groups E and F. The remaining teams were then allocated to the groups according to the rules set by AFC.

The following 32 teams (16 from West Zone, 16 from East Zone) entered into the group stage draw, which included the 24 direct entrants and the eight winners of the qualifying play-off, whose identity were not known at the time of the draw.[3]

Zone Seed 1 Seed 2 Seed 3 Seed 4
West Zone
(Groups A–D)
  Al-Nassr   Al-Hilal   Al-Ahli   Al-Ittihad (Winner Play-off West 1)
  Sepahan   Zob Ahan   Tractor Sazi   El Jaish (Winner Play-off West 2)
  Pakhtakor   Nasaf Qarshi   Lokomotiv Tashkent   Bunyodkor (Winner Play-off West 3)
  Al-Ain   Al-Nasr   Lekhwiya   Al-Jazira (Winner Play-off West 4)
East Zone
(Groups E–H)
  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors   FC Seoul   Suwon Samsung Bluewings   Pohang Steelers (Winner Play-off East 1)
  Sanfrecce Hiroshima   Gamba Osaka   Urawa Red Diamonds   FC Tokyo (Winner Play-off East 2)
  Melbourne Victory   Sydney FC   Buriram United   Shandong Luneng (Winner Play-off East 3)
  Guangzhou Evergrande   Jiangsu Suning   Becamex Bình Dương   Shanghai SIPG (Winner Play-off East 4)

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.[2]

TiebreakersEdit

The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers would be applied in the following order (Regulations Article 11.5):[2]

  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.

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of each matchday was as follows.[1][2]

Matchday Dates Matches
Matchday 1 23–24 February 2016 Team 1 vs. Team 4, Team 3 vs. Team 2
Matchday 2 1–2 March 2016 Team 4 vs. Team 3, Team 2 vs. Team 1
Matchday 3 15–16 March 2016 Team 4 vs. Team 2, Team 1 vs. Team 3
Matchday 4 5–6 April 2016 Team 2 vs. Team 4, Team 3 vs. Team 1
Matchday 5 19–20 April 2016 Team 4 vs. Team 1, Team 2 vs. Team 3
Matchday 6 3–4 May 2016 Team 1 vs. Team 2, Team 3 vs. Team 4

On 25 January 2016, the AFC announced the following changes to the schedule due to Saudi Arabia's refusal to play in Iran after the attack on their diplomatic missions in Iran and the ensuing deterioration of Iran–Saudi Arabia relations:[7]

  • Group A: change matchday 1 (23 February) with matchday 6 (4 May)
  • Group B: change matchday 2 (1 March) with matchday 5 (20 April)
  • Group C: change matchday 1 (24 February) with matchday 6 (3 May)
  • Group D: change matchday 2 (2 March) with matchday 5 (19 April)

After the changes, all matches between teams from Iran and Saudi Arabia (including possible play-off winners) were rescheduled to be played on matchdays 5 and 6 (19–20 April and 3–4 May). The venues of these matches would be decided after an evaluation deadline of 15 March 2016. As there had not been a return to normal relations between the two countries by then with Saudi Arabia refusing to lift their travel restrictions to Iran, the AFC accepted the Saudi Arabian Football Federation's proposal of playing all matches between teams from Iran and Saudi Arabia in neutral venues.[8] This involved a total of six matches, two each in Groups A, B and C (no matches were moved in Group D as the play-off team from Iran failed to advance to the group).

On 31 March 2016, the AFC announced that they have approved the neutral venues, with teams from Iran moving their home matches to Oman, and teams from Saudi Arabia moving their home matches to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.[9]

GroupsEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LOK NAS ITT SEP
1   Lokomotiv Tashkent 6 2 4 0 6 3 +3 10 Knockout stage 0–0 1–1 1–0
2   Al-Nasr 6 2 3 1 5 4 +1 9 1–1 0–0 2–0
3   Al-Ittihad 6 2 3 1 9 4 +5 9 1–1 1–2 4–0
4   Sepahan 6 1 0 5 2 11 −9 3 0–2 2–0 0–2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Lokomotiv Tashkent  1–1  Al-Ittihad
Mirzaev   89' Report Rivas   34'
Attendance: 2,203
Sepahan  2–0  Al-Nasr
Chimba   14'51' Report

Al-Nasr  2–0  Sepahan
Nilmar   57'
Pitroipa   90+3' (pen.)
Report
Al-Ittihad  1–1  Lokomotiv Tashkent
Muntari   14' Report Abdukholiqov   80' (pen.)

Sepahan  0–2  Lokomotiv Tashkent
Report Bikmaev   14'
Mirzaev   86'
Attendance: 1,620
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Al-Ittihad  1–2  Al-Nasr
Rivas   13' Report Nilmar   1'74'

Lokomotiv Tashkent  1–0  Sepahan
Abdukholiqov   54' Report
Attendance: 2,620
Al-Nasr  0–0  Al-Ittihad
Report
Attendance: 7,250

Al-Nasr  1–1  Lokomotiv Tashkent
Ekoko   31' Report Abdukholiqov   43'
Attendance: 6,246
Al-Ittihad  4–0  Sepahan
Al-Ghamdi   45+2'86'
Al-Muwallad   83'
Rivas   90+1'
Report

Sepahan  0–2  Al-Ittihad
Report Sânmărtean   15'
Al-Nadhri   74'
Lokomotiv Tashkent  0–0  Al-Nasr
Report

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ZOB LEK NSR BYD
1   Zob Ahan 6 4 2 0 12 2 +10 14 Knockout stage 0–0 3–0 5–2
2   Lekhwiya 6 2 3 1 7 2 +5 9 0–1 4–0 0–0
3   Al-Nassr 6 1 2 3 5 14 −9 5 0–3 1–1 3–3
4   Bunyodkor 6 0 3 3 5 11 −6 3 0–0 0–2 0–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Lekhwiya  0–1  Zob Ahan
Report Rajabzadeh   46'
Al-Nassr  3–3  Bunyodkor
Mierzejewski   45+1' (pen.)
Al-Shehri   79'
Abdulghani   85'
Report Khamdamov   3'76'
Zouaghi   33'

Bunyodkor  0–1  Al-Nassr
Report Maïga   36'
Zob Ahan  0–0  Lekhwiya
Report
Attendance: 4,000

Bunyodkor  0–0  Zob Ahan
Report
Attendance: 4,567
Al-Nassr  1–1  Lekhwiya
Ghaleb   88' (pen.) Report Kaluyituka   7'

Zob Ahan  5–2  Bunyodkor
Esmaeilifar   3'
Mohammadzadeh   34'
Rajabzadeh   50'
Rezaei   69'
Tabrizi   87'
Report Zouaghi   78'
Nurmatov   89'
Attendance: 4,523
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
Lekhwiya  4–0  Al-Nassr
Nam Tae-hee   49'
Kaluyituka   70'
Flores   84'
Muntari   86'
Report

Bunyodkor  0–2  Lekhwiya
Report Boudiaf   65'
Muntari   79'
Zob Ahan  3–0  Al-Nassr
Pahlavan   27'83'
Rezaei   74'
Report

Al-Nassr  0–3  Zob Ahan
Report Pahlavan   30'
Hassanzadeh   42' (pen.)
Beikzadeh   87'
Lekhwiya  0–0  Bunyodkor
Report

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification TRA HIL PAK JAZ
1   Tractor Sazi 6 4 0 2 10 3 +7 12 Knockout stage 1–2 2–0 4–0
2   Al-Hilal 6 3 2 1 10 7 +3 11 0–2 4–1 1–0
3   Pakhtakor 6 3 1 2 10 9 +1 10 1–0 2–2 3–0
4   Al-Jazira 6 0 1 5 2 13 −11 1 0–1 1–1 1–3
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Pakhtakor  2–2  Al-Hilal
Sergeev   70'
Khashimov   89'
Report Al-Qahtani   60'
Al-Salem   84'
Tractor Sazi  4–0  Al-Jazira
Rahmani   4'60'
Khalilzadeh   10'
Sharifi   54'
Report

Al-Jazira  0–1  Tractor Sazi
Report Rahmani   31'
Al-Hilal  4–1  Pakhtakor
Al-Zori   55'
Orahovac   58' (o.g.)
Kaabi   61'78'
Report Sergeev   31'

Pakhtakor  1–0  Tractor Sazi
Sergeev   41' Report
Al-Jazira  1–1  Al-Hilal
Juma   90+4' Report Aílton   9'

Tractor Sazi  2–0  Pakhtakor
Augusto   59'
Aghaei   83'
Report
Attendance: 33,450
Al-Hilal  1–0  Al-Jazira
Aílton   36' Report

Al-Hilal  0–2  Tractor Sazi
Report Nong   66'
Hatami   81'
Al-Jazira  1–3  Pakhtakor
Mabkhout   62' (pen.) Report Karimov   10'
Sergeev   64'83' (pen.)

Pakhtakor  3–0  Al-Jazira
Berdiev   13'
Talipov   24'
Masharipov   80'
Report
Attendance: 4,527
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
Tractor Sazi  1–2  Al-Hilal
Nong   48' Report Al-Dawsari   15'
Aílton   71'

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JSH AIN AHL NSF
1   El Jaish 6 3 1 2 6 8 −2 10 Knockout stage 2–1 1–4 1–0
2   Al-Ain 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10 1–2 1–0 2–0
3   Al-Ahli 6 3 0 3 10 7 +3 9 2–0 1–2 2–1
4   Nasaf Qarshi 6 1 2 3 4 7 −3 5 0–0 1–1 2–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Al-Ain  1–2  El Jaish
Douglas   65' (pen.) Report Hamdallah   9'
Romarinho   45'
Al-Ahli  2–1  Nasaf Qarshi
Al Fatil   2'
Al-Somah   47'
Report Abdukhalikov   29'
Attendance: 17,161
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

Nasaf Qarshi  2–1  Al-Ahli
Abdukhalikov   47'
Karimov   60'
Report Assiri   71' (pen.)
Attendance: 16,221
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
El Jaish  2–1  Al-Ain
Hamdallah   49'
Abubakar   79'
Report Al-Kathiri   86'

Al-Ain  1–0  Al-Ahli
O. Abdulrahman   71' Report
El Jaish  1–0  Nasaf Qarshi
Rashidov   87' Report

Nasaf Qarshi  0–0  El Jaish
Report
Al-Ahli  1–2  Al-Ain
Al-Amri   90+3' Report Douglas   25'77'

Nasaf Qarshi  1–1  Al-Ain
Karimov   1' Report Asprilla   32'
El Jaish  1–4  Al-Ahli
Hamdallah   51' Report Seraj   22'57'
Assiri   43'
M. Hawsawi   52'

Al-Ain  2–0  Nasaf Qarshi
Asprilla   39'
Ahmed   90'
Report
Al-Ahli  2–0  El Jaish
Marquinho   62'
O. Hawsawi   85'
Report

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JHM TOK JIA BBD
1   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 3 1 2 13 9 +4 10 Knockout stage 2–1 2–2 2–0
2   FC Tokyo 6 3 1 2 8 8 0 10 0–3 0–0 3–1
3   Jiangsu Suning 6 2 3 1 10 7 +3 9 3–2 1–2 3–0
4   Becamex Binh Duong 6 1 1 4 6 13 −7 4 3–2 1–2 1–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors  2–1  FC Tokyo
Ko Moo-yeol   39'
Lee Dong-gook   83'
Report Abe   87'
Becamex Bình Dương  1–1  Jiangsu Suning
Nguyễn Anh Đức   28' (pen.) Report Ji Xiang   13'

FC Tokyo  3–1  Becamex Bình Dương
Burns   50'
Bùi Tấn Trường   67' (o.g.)
Maeda   84'
Report Nguyễn Anh Đức   24'
Attendance: 7,760
Jiangsu Suning  3–2  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Alex Teixeira   16'
  65'
Wu Xi   69'
Report Lee Dong-gook   62'
Sainsbury   86' (o.g.)

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors  2–0  Becamex Bình Dương
Ricardo Lopes   41'
Lee Dong-gook   90'
Report
FC Tokyo  0–0  Jiangsu Suning
Report
Attendance: 10,265

Becamex Bình Dương  3–2  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Nguyễn Anh Đức   12' (pen.)88' (pen.)
Amougou   35'
Report Lee Jong-ho   27'
Han Kyo-won   28'
Jiangsu Suning  1–2  FC Tokyo
  34' (pen.) Report Morishige   30'83'

FC Tokyo  0–3  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Report Kim Bo-kyung   35'
Lee Jae-sung   60'
Ko Moo-yeol   90+1'
Attendance: 9,056
Jiangsu Suning  3–0  Becamex Bình Dương
Wu Xi   6'
  8'
Ji Xiang   81'
Report

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors  2–2  Jiangsu Suning
Leonardo   19' (pen.)
Lim Jong-eun   69'
Report Teixeira   24'
  54' (pen.)
Attendance: 17,312
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
Becamex Bình Dương  1–2  FC Tokyo
Lê Công Vinh   68' (pen.) Report Maeda   21'55'

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SEO SHD HIR BUR
1   FC Seoul 6 4 1 1 17 5 +12 13 Knockout stage 0–0 4–1 2–1
2   Shandong Luneng 6 3 2 1 7 5 +2 11 1–4 1–0 3–0
3   Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6 3 0 3 9 8 +1 9 2–1 1–2 3–0
4   Buriram United 6 0 1 5 1 16 −15 1 0–6 0–0 0–2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Sanfrecce Hiroshima  1–2  Shandong Luneng
Shimizu   64' Report Yang Xu   67'
Tardelli   78'
Buriram United  0–6  FC Seoul
Report Adriano   28'40'50'60'
Damjanović   67'
Lee Seok-hyun   90'

FC Seoul  4–1  Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Kim Won-sik   31'
Adriano   49'56'69'
Report Chiba   25'
Shandong Luneng  3–0  Buriram United
Tardelli   65'
Jucilei   81'
Zhao Mingjian   86'
Report

Shandong Luneng  1–4  FC Seoul
Jucilei   62' Report Adriano   28'71'
Go Yo-han   65'
Damjanović   68'
Sanfrecce Hiroshima  3–0  Buriram United
Asano   42'55'
Shimizu   81'
Report

FC Seoul  0–0  Shandong Luneng
Report
Buriram United  0–2  Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Report Miyayoshi   45'
Shibasaki   88'

FC Seoul  2–1  Buriram United
Damjanović   24'
Park Yong-woo   43'
Report Túñez   67' (pen.)

Sanfrecce Hiroshima  2–1  FC Seoul
Asano   27'
Minagawa   39'
Report Adriano   88' (pen.)
Buriram United  0–0  Shandong Luneng
Report

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SSI MEL SSB GAM
1   Shanghai SIPG 6 4 0 2 10 8 +2 12 Knockout stage 3–1 2–1 2–1
2   Melbourne Victory 6 2 3 1 7 7 0 9 2–1 0–0 2–1
3   Suwon Samsung Bluewings 6 2 3 1 7 4 +3 9 3–0 1–1 0–0
4   Gamba Osaka 6 0 2 4 4 9 −5 2 0–2 1–1 1–2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Melbourne Victory  2–1  Shanghai SIPG
Ingham   31'
Berisha   73' (pen.)
Report Wu Lei   52'
Suwon Samsung Bluewings  0–0  Gamba Osaka
Report

Gamba Osaka  1–1  Melbourne Victory
Endō   57' Report Ansell   3'
Attendance: 14,270
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
Shanghai SIPG  2–1  Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Elkeson   32'
Wu Lei   52'
Report Jang Hyun-soo   72'

Shanghai SIPG  2–1  Gamba Osaka
Elkeson   41'62' Report Patric   60'

Gamba Osaka  0–2  Shanghai SIPG
Report Wu Lei   66'
Lü Wenjun   72'
Suwon Samsung Bluewings  1–1  Melbourne Victory
Kwon Chang-hoon   58' Report Barbarouses   60'

Gamba Osaka  1–2  Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Konno   89' Report Santos   49'57' (pen.)
Shanghai SIPG  3–1  Melbourne Victory
Yu Hai   38'
Elkeson   40'
Conca   65' (pen.)
Report Makarounas   81'
Attendance: 32,355

Melbourne Victory  2–1  Gamba Osaka
Berisha   13' (pen.)
Thompson   17'
Report Ademilson   85'
Suwon Samsung Bluewings  3–0  Shanghai SIPG
Kim Gun-hee   7' (pen.)54'
Min Sang-gi   52'
Report

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SYD URA GZE POH
1   Sydney FC 6 3 1 2 4 4 0 10 Knockout stage 0–0 2–1 1–0
2   Urawa Red Diamonds 6 2 3 1 6 4 +2 9 2–0 1–0 1–1
3   Guangzhou Evergrande 6 2 2 2 6 5 +1 8 1–0 2–2 0–0
4   Pohang Steelers 6 1 2 3 2 5 −3 5 0–1 1–0 0–2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Urawa Red Diamonds  2–0  Sydney FC
Muto   8'
Koroki   65' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 19,500
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
Guangzhou Evergrande  0–0  Pohang Steelers
Report

Sydney FC  2–1  Guangzhou Evergrande
Stambolziev   18'
Dimitrijević   89'
Report Calver   25' (o.g.)
Attendance: 18,149
Pohang Steelers  1–0  Urawa Red Diamonds
Son Jun-ho   19' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 7,000

Pohang Steelers  0–1  Sydney FC
Report Naumoff   41'
Guangzhou Evergrande  2–2  Urawa Red Diamonds
Goulart   6' (pen.)14' Report Muto   30'
Koroki   89'

Sydney FC  1–0  Pohang Steelers
Ninković   51' Report
Attendance: 5,642
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)
Urawa Red Diamonds  1–0  Guangzhou Evergrande
Muto   52' Report

Pohang Steelers  0–2  Guangzhou Evergrande
Report Goulart   33'
Gao Lin   47'
Sydney FC  0–0  Urawa Red Diamonds
Report

Guangzhou Evergrande  1–0  Sydney FC
Gao Lin   2' Report
Attendance: 33,517
Urawa Red Diamonds  1–1  Pohang Steelers
Ljubijankić   87' (pen.) Report Veselinović   65' (pen.)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Matches between teams from Iran and Saudi Arabia were played on neutral venues due to deterioration of Iran–Saudi Arabia relations.[8]
  2. ^ Guangzhou Evergrande played their first group stage home match behind closed doors due to breaches of the AFC Champions League Regulations.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2016" (PDF). AFC.
  2. ^ a b c d "2016 AFC Champions League Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC. 28 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Champions Guangzhou Evergrande to learn ACL 2016 opponents". AFC. 4 December 2015.
  4. ^ "AFC Champions League 2016 Group Stage Draw". AFC. 10 December 2015.
  5. ^ "ACL 2016 Draw Results" (PDF). AFC.
  6. ^ "AFC Champions League 2016: Official Draw". AFC.
  7. ^ "Decisions following AFC Competitions Committee meeting". AFC. 25 January 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Saudi Arabia and Iran clubs to play at neutral venues in Champions League". AFC. 16 March 2016.
  9. ^ "IR Iran and Saudi Arabia ACL clubs to play in Oman, Qatar and UAE". AFC. 31 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Guangzhou Evergrande Sanctioned For Regulatory Violations At AFC Champions League Final 2015". AFC. 3 February 2016.

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