2020 AFC Champions League group stage

The 2020 AFC Champions League group stage was played from 10 February to 4 December 2020.[1] A total of 32 teams competed in the group stage to decide the 16 places in the knockout stage of the 2020 AFC Champions League.[2]

The competition was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia after matchday 3 on 4 March 2020.[3] On 9 July 2020, the AFC announced that it would restart on 14 September 2020.[4] All matches after restart were played in Qatar.

DrawEdit

The draw for the group stage was held on 10 December 2019, 16:30 MYT (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[5] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four: four groups each in the West Region (Groups A–D) and the East Region (Groups E–H). Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same group.

The mechanism of the draw was as follows:[6]

  • For the West Region, there was no associations draw due to country protection. A draw was held for each of the four associations with more than one direct entrant (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran) to determine for each team their group positions:
    • The three direct entrants of the United Arab Emirates were drawn to positions A1, B2, or C3, while the play-off winners West 1 (which their play-off team may advance from) were allocated to position D4.
    • The three direct entrants of Saudi Arabia were drawn to positions B1, C2, or D3, while the play-off winners West 2 (which their play-off team may advance from) were allocated to position A4.
    • The two direct entrants of Qatar were drawn to positions C1 or D2, while the play-off winners West 3 and 4 (which their play-off teams may advance from) were drawn to positions A3 or B4.
    • The two direct entrants of Iran were drawn to positions D1 or C4.
    • The direct entrants of Uzbekistan and Iraq were allocated to positions B3 and A2 respectively.
  • For the East Region, a draw was held for the two associations with three direct entrants (South Korea, China) to determine the order of associations. After the associations draw, a draw was held for each of the four associations with more than one direct entrant (South Korea, China, Japan, Australia) to determine for each team their group positions:
    • The three direct entrants of the first association drawn (South Korea or China) were drawn to positions E1, F2, or G3, while the play-off winners East 1 or 2 (which their play-off team may advance from) were allocated to position H4.
    • The three direct entrants of the second association drawn (South Korea or China) were drawn to positions F1, G2, or H3, while the play-off winners East 1 or 2 (which their play-off team may advance from) were allocated to position E4.
    • The two direct entrants of Japan were drawn to positions G1 or H2, while the play-off winners East 3 and 4 (which their play-off teams may advance from) were either allocated to F4 and E3 respectively (if South Korea were the first association drawn), or drawn to positions E3 or F4 (if China were the first association drawn).
    • The two direct entrants of Australia were either drawn to positions H1 or F3 (if South Korea were the first association drawn, or if China were the first association drawn and the play-off winners East 4 were drawn to position E3), or positions H1 or E2 (if China were the first association drawn and the play-off winners East 3 were drawn to position E3).
    • The direct entrants of Thailand and Malaysia were allocated to either positions G4 and E2 (if South Korea were the first association drawn), positions F3 and G4 (if China were the first association drawn and the play-off winners East 4 were drawn to position E3), or positions E2 and G4 (if China were the first association drawn and the play-off winners East 3 were drawn to position E3) respectively.

The following 32 teams entered into the group stage draw, which included the 24 direct entrants and the eight winners of the play-off round of the qualifying play-offs, whose identity was not known at the time of the draw.

Region Groups Teams
West
Region
A–D   Sharjah   Shabab Al-Ahli   Al-Wahda   Al-Ain
(Winners of Play-off West 1)
  Al-Nassr   Al-Taawoun   Al-Hilal   Al-Ahli
(Winners of Play-off West 2)
  Al-Sadd   Al-Duhail   Pakhtakor   Al-Shorta
  Persepolis   Sepahan   Esteghlal
(Winners of Play-off West 4)
  Shahr Khodro
(Winners of Play-off West 3)
East
Region
E–H   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors   Suwon Samsung Bluewings   Ulsan Hyundai   FC Seoul
(Winners of Play-off East 1)
  Guangzhou Evergrande   Shanghai Shenhua   Beijing FC   Shanghai SIPG
(Winners of Play-off East 2)
  Yokohama F. Marinos   Vissel Kobe[note 1]   FC Tokyo
(Winners of Play-off East 3)
  Chiangrai United
  Perth Glory   Sydney FC   Melbourne Victory
(Winners of Play-off East 4)
  Johor Darul Ta'zim

FormatEdit

In the group stage, each group was played on a double round-robin basis, with matches played home-and-away before the suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but moved to centralised venues after restart. The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the round of 16 of the knockout stage.

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 were applied in the following order (Regulations Article 10.5):[2]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams; (this tiebreaker was removed since the matches were played in centralised venues after restart)
  5. If more than two teams were tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams were still tied, all head-to-head criteria above were reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  6. Goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams playing each other in the last round of the group were tied;
  9. Disciplinary points (yellow card = 1 point, red card as a result of two yellow cards = 3 points, direct red card = 3 points, yellow card followed by direct red card = 4 points);
  10. Association ranking.

ScheduleEdit

The original schedule of each match day, as planned before the COVID-19 pandemic, was as follows.[7]

  • Matches in the West Region were played on Mondays and Tuesdays. Two groups were played on each day, with the following groups being played on Mondays:
    • Matchdays 1 and 2: Groups A and B
    • Matchday 3: Groups A and C
    • Matchday 4: Groups B and D
    • Matchdays 5 and 6: Groups C and D
  • Matches in the East Region were played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Two groups were played on each day, with the following groups being played on Tuesdays:
    • Matchdays 1 and 2: Groups E and F
    • Matchday 3: Groups E and G
    • Matchday 4: Groups F and H
    • Matchdays 5 and 6: Groups G and H
Matchday Original dates Original scheduled matches
Matchday 1 10–12 February 2020 (12 matches played, 4 postponed) Team 1 vs. Team 4, Team 3 vs. Team 2
Matchday 2 17–19 February 2020 (13 matches played, 3 postponed) Team 4 vs. Team 3, Team 2 vs. Team 1
Matchday 3 2–4 March 2020 (2 matches played, 14 postponed) Team 4 vs. Team 2, Team 1 vs. Team 3
Matchday 4 6–8 April 2020 (all 16 matches postponed) Team 2 vs. Team 4, Team 3 vs. Team 1
Matchday 5 20–22 April 2020 (all 16 matches postponed) Team 4 vs. Team 1, Team 2 vs. Team 3
Matchday 6 4–6 May 2020 (all 16 matches postponed) Team 1 vs. Team 2, Team 3 vs. Team 4

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemicEdit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia, the Australian federal government banned foreigners travelling from China, and Football Federation Australia told the AFC that Australia could no longer host matches against Chinese teams.[8] The AFC held an emergency meeting on 4 February 2020 to determine plans for the tournament, including but not limited to rescheduling of matches in the East Region.[9] After the meeting, the AFC decided to postpone matches involving Chinese clubs from the first three match days except for Chiangrai United versus Beijing FC:[10][11]

  • Group E: FC Seoul v Beijing FC (from 11 February to 28 April), Melbourne Victory v Beijing FC (from 3 March to 28 May)
  • Group F: Perth Glory v Shanghai Shenhua (from 11 February to 28 April), Ulsan Hyundai v Shanghai Shenhua (from 18 February to 19 May), FC Tokyo v Shanghai Shenhua (from 4 March to 27 May)
  • Group G: Suwon Samsung Bluewings v Guangzhou Evergrande (from 12 February to 29 April), Johor Darul Ta'zim v Guangzhou Evergrande (from 19 February to 20 May), Vissel Kobe v Guangzhou Evergrande (from 3 March to 26 May)
  • Group H: Sydney FC v Shanghai SIPG (from 12 February to 29 April), Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors v Shanghai SIPG (from 19 February to 20 May), Yokohama F. Marinos v Shanghai SIPG (from 4 March to 27 May)

the following matches were postponed to a later date between late February and early March, prior to AFC's announcement to postpone all matches:[12][13]

  • Group A: Al-Ahli v Al-Shorta and Al-Wahda v Esteghlal (2 March)
  • Group B: Al-Hilal v Pakhtakor and Shabab Al-Ahli v Shahr Khodro (3 March)
  • Group C: Persepolis v Al-Taawoun and Al-Duhail v Sharjah (2 March)
  • Group D: Al-Ain v Al-Sadd and Sepahan v Al-Nassr (3 March), Al-Nassr v Sepahan (6 April)
  • Group E: FC Seoul v Chiangrai United (3 March)
  • Group F: Perth Glory v Ulsan Hyundai (4 March, later postponed to 18 March)

After meetings with representatives of the member associations from the West Region held on 7–8 March 2020, it was agreed that all West Region group stage matches on matchdays 4–6 would be postponed to new dates yet to be confirmed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia.[14]

After a meeting with representatives of the member associations from the East Region held on 2 March 2020, it was agreed that group stage matches on matchdays 3–6 which could not be played would be moved to 19–20 May, 26–27 May, 16–17 June and 23–24 June.[15]

The AFC announced on 14 April 2020 that all matches scheduled for May and June would be postponed until further notice.[3] Only 27 group stage matches out of the 96 scheduled had been played by then.

On 9 July 2020, the AFC announced the new schedule for the remaining matches, with all matches played at centralised venues. The West Region matches postponed from matchdays 3–6 would be played on 14–15, 17–18, 20–21 and 23–24 September, and the East Region matches postponed from matchdays 1–6 would be played on 16–17, 19–20, 22–23, 25–26, 28–29 October and 31 October – 1 November.[4][16] On 10 September 2020, the AFC announced that East Region group stage matches were rescheduled to be played on 18–19, 21–22, 24–25, 27–28 November, 30 November – 1 December and 3–4 December.[17]

Matchday West Region East Region
Matchday 1 18–19 November 2020 (3 matches)
Matchday 2 21–22 November 2020 (4 matches)
Matchday 3 14–15 September 2020 24–25 November 2020
Matchday 4 17–18 September 2020 27–28 November 2020 (6 matches)
Matchday 5 20–21 September 2020 30 November – 1 December 2020
Matchday 6 23–24 September 2020 3–4 December 2020

Centralised venues after restartEdit

On 16 July 2020, the AFC announced that Qatar would host all West Region matches after restart.[18] On 27 July 2020, the AFC announced that Malaysia would host the East Region matches of Groups G and H after restart.[19] However, on 9 October 2020, the AFC announced that following an agreement with Qatar Football Association, all East Region matches after restart would also be played in Qatar.[20]

The following centralised venues in Qatar were used:[21]

GroupsEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AHL EST SHO WAH
1   Al-Ahli 4 2 0 2 4 6 −2 6 Advance to knockout stage 2–1 1–0 20 Sep
2   Esteghlal 4 1 2 1 6 4 +2 5 3–0 1–1 17 Sep
3   Al-Shorta 4 1 2 1 4 4 0 5 2–1 1–1 0–1
4   Al-Wahda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew[a] 1–1 14 Sep 23 Sep
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Al-Wahda were unable to travel to Qatar to play the final four matches of the group stage due to several team members testing positive for COVID-19.[22] They were considered to have withdrawn from the competition, and all previous matches played by them shall be considered "null and void" and would not be considered in determining the final group rankings.[23]
Al-Shorta  1–1  Esteghlal
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Attendance: 6,750
Referee: Ahmed Al-Ali (Jordan)
Al-Wahda  Voided
(1–1)
  Al-Ahli
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Attendance: 7,124
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)

Al-Shorta  Voided
(0–1)
  Al-Wahda
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Al-Ahli  2–1  Esteghlal
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Al-Ahli  1–0  Al-Shorta
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Al-Wahda  Cancelled  Esteghlal
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Al-Shorta  2–1  Al-Ahli
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Referee: Sherzod Kasimov (Uzbekistan)
Esteghlal  Cancelled  Al-Wahda
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Al-Ahli  Cancelled  Al-Wahda
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Esteghlal  1–1  Al-Shorta
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Al-Wahda  Cancelled  Al-Shorta
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Esteghlal  3–0  Al-Ahli
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Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PAK SAH SHK HIL
1   Pakhtakor 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5 10 Advance to knockout stage 2–1 3–0 0–0
2   Shabab Al-Ahli 4 2 1 1 3 2 +1 7 0–0 1–0 1–2
3   Shahr Khodro 4 0 0 4 0 6 −6 0 0–1 0–1 0–0
4   Al-Hilal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew[a] 2–1 23 Sep 2–0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Al-Hilal failed to name the required 13 players and were unable to play their final match of the group stage against Shabab Al-Ahli due to them having only 11 players left with the remaining team members testing positive for COVID-19. They were considered to have withdrawn from the competition, and all previous matches played by them shall be considered "null and void" and would not be considered in determining the final group rankings.[31]
Pakhtakor  2–1  Shabab Al-Ahli
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Al-Hilal  Voided
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  Shahr Khodro
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Pakhtakor  3–0  Shahr Khodro
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Shabab Al-Ahli  Voided
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  Al-Hilal
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Attendance: 6,240
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)

Shabab Al-Ahli  1–0  Shahr Khodro
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Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
Al-Hilal  Voided
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Shahr Khodro  0–1  Shabab Al-Ahli
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Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
Pakhtakor  Voided
(0–0)
  Al-Hilal
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Shahr Khodro  Voided
(0–0)
  Al-Hilal
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Shabab Al-Ahli  0–0  Pakhtakor
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Shahr Khodro  0–1  Pakhtakor
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Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PRS TAW DUH SHJ
1   Persepolis 6 3 1 2 8 5 +3 10 Advance to knockout stage 1–0 0–1 4–0
2   Al-Taawoun 6 3 0 3 4 8 −4 9[a] 0–1 2–0 0–6
3   Al-Duhail 6 3 0 3 7 8 −1 9[a] 2–0 0–1 2–1
4   Sharjah 6 2 1 3 13 11 +2 7 2–2 0–1 4–2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Al-Taawoun 6, Al-Duhail 0.
Al-Duhail  2–0  Persepolis
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Attendance: 3,780
Referee: Aziz Asimov (Uzbekistan)
Sharjah  0–1  Al-Taawoun
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Attendance: 8,523
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

Sharjah  2–2  Persepolis
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Attendance: 5,200
Al-Taawoun  2–0  Al-Duhail
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Al-Duhail  2–1  Sharjah
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Persepolis  1–0  Al-Taawoun
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Attendance: 10
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)

Sharjah  4–2  Al-Duhail
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Al-Taawoun  0–1  Persepolis
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Persepolis  0–1  Al-Duhail
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Al-Taawoun  0–6  Sharjah
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Attendance: 10
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)

Al-Duhail  0–1  Al-Taawoun
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Persepolis  4–0  Sharjah
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification NAS SAD SEP AIN
1   Al-Nassr 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4 11 Advance to knockout stage 2–2 2–0 0–1
2   Al-Sadd 6 2 3 1 14 8 +6 9 1–1 3–0 4–0
3   Sepahan 6 2 1 3 6 8 −2 7 0–2 2–1 0–0
4   Al-Ain 6 1 2 3 5 13 −8 5 1–2 3–3 0–4
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Al-Ain  0–4  Sepahan
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Attendance: 7,028
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)
Al-Nassr  2–2  Al-Sadd
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Al-Ain  1–2  Al-Nassr
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Al-Sadd  3–0  Sepahan
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Attendance: 5,843
Referee: Aziz Asimov (Uzbekistan)

Al-Ain  3–3  Al-Sadd
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Sepahan  0–2  Al-Nassr
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Al-Sadd  4–0  Al-Ain
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Al-Nassr  2–0  Sepahan
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)

Al-Sadd  1–1  Al-Nassr
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Masoud Tufayelieh (Syria)
Sepahan  0–0  Al-Ain
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Ali Shaban (Kuwait)

Sepahan  2–1  Al-Sadd
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Al-Nassr  0–1  Al-Ain
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Hussein Abo Yehia (Lebanon)

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BEI MVC SEO CHI
1   Beijing FC 6 5 1 0 12 4 +8 16 Advance to knockout stage 3–1 3–1 1–1
2   Melbourne Victory 6 2 1 3 6 9 −3 7 0–2 2–1 1–0
3   FC Seoul 6 2 0 4 10 9 +1 6 1–2 1–0 5–0
4   Chiangrai United 6 1 2 3 5 11 −6 5 0–1 2–2 2–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Melbourne Victory  1–0  Chiangrai United
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FC Seoul  1–0  Melbourne Victory
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Chiangrai United  0–1  Beijing FC
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Attendance: 6,035
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)

FC Seoul  1–2  Beijing FC
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Beijing FC  3–1  Melbourne Victory
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Saoud Al-Athbah (Qatar)
FC Seoul  5–0  Chiangrai United
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)

Chiangrai United  2–1  FC Seoul
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Ali Shaban (Kuwait)

Beijing FC  3–1  FC Seoul
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Chiangrai United  2–2  Melbourne Victory
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)

Melbourne Victory  2–1  FC Seoul
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Beijing FC  1–1  Chiangrai United
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Hussein Abo Yehia (Lebanon)

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ULS TOK SSH PRG
1   Ulsan Hyundai 6 5 1 0 14 5 +9 16 Advance to knockout stage 1–1 3–1 2–0
2   FC Tokyo 6 3 1 2 6 5 +1 10 1–2 0–1 1–0
3   Shanghai Shenhua 6 2 1 3 9 13 −4 7 1–4 1–2 3–3
4   Perth Glory 6 0 1 5 5 11 −6 1 1–2 0–1 1–2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Ulsan Hyundai  1–1  FC Tokyo
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FC Tokyo  1–0  Perth Glory
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Attendance: 7,755
Referee: Yaqoob Abdul Baki (Oman)


Ulsan Hyundai  3–1  Shanghai Shenhua
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FC Tokyo  0–1  Shanghai Shenhua
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Perth Glory  1–2  Ulsan Hyundai
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Ulsan Hyundai  2–0  Perth Glory
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Shanghai Shenhua  1–2  FC Tokyo
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FC Tokyo  1–2  Ulsan Hyundai
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Shanghai Shenhua  3–3  Perth Glory
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Perth Glory  0–1  FC Tokyo
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Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
Shanghai Shenhua  1–4  Ulsan Hyundai
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Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification VIS SUW GZE JDT
1   Vissel Kobe 4 2 0 2 4 5 −1 6 Advance to knockout stage 0–2 0–2 5–1
2   Suwon Samsung Bluewings 4 1 2 1 3 2 +1 5 0–1 0–0 25 Nov
3   Guangzhou Evergrande 4 1 2 1 4 4 0 5 1–3 1–1 4 Dec
4   Johor Darul Ta'zim 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew[a] 1 Dec 2–1 19 Nov
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Johor Darul Ta'zim were unable to travel to Qatar to play the final four matches of the group stage due to the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions after they were denied permission to travel by the Malaysian government.[36] They were considered to have withdrawn from the competition, and all previous matches played by them shall be considered "null and void" and would not be considered in determining the final group rankings.[37]
Vissel Kobe  Voided
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Attendance: 7,256

Suwon Samsung Bluewings  0–1  Vissel Kobe
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Attendance: 17,372
Referee: Mohanad Qasim (Iraq)

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Guangzhou Evergrande  1–3  Vissel Kobe
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Vissel Kobe  0–2  Guangzhou Evergrande
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Vissel Kobe  0–2  Suwon Samsung Bluewings
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Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification YOK SSI JEO SYD
1   Yokohama F. Marinos 6 4 1 1 13 5 +8 13 Advance to knockout stage 1–2 4–1 4–0
2   Shanghai SIPG 6 3 0 3 6 10 −4 9 0–1 0–2 0–4
3   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 2 1 3 8 10 −2 7 1–2 1–2 1–0
4   Sydney FC 6 1 2 3 8 10 −2 5 1–1 1–2 2–2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Yokohama F. Marinos  4–0  Sydney FC
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Attendance: 11,863
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)

Sydney FC  2–2  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
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Attendance: 3,255
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)

Sydney FC  1–2  Shanghai SIPG
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Shanghai SIPG  0–1  Yokohama F. Marinos
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)


Yokohama F. Marinos  4–1  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
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Shanghai SIPG  0–4  Sydney FC
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Shanghai SIPG  0–2  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
Sydney FC  1–1  Yokohama F. Marinos
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Saoud Al-Athbah (Qatar)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The identity of the second group stage team from Japan was not known at the time of the group stage draw.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran received a letter from the Asian Football Confederation on 17 January 2020 announcing that teams from Iran would not be allowed to host their home matches in their country due to security concerns.[24][25] The four AFC Champions League teams from Iran announced on 18 January 2020 that they would withdraw from the tournament if the ban was not reversed.[26][27] The AFC announced on 23 January 2020 that any group stage matches which the Iranian teams were supposed to host on matchdays 1, 2 and 3 would be switched with the corresponding away matches to allow time to reassess the security concerns in the country.[28][29][30]
  3. ^ a b Al-Shorta play their home matches at Franso Hariri Stadium, Erbil, instead of their regular home stadium Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad.
  4. ^ a b Matches between teams from Iran and Saudi Arabia are played on neutral venues due to deterioration of Iran–Saudi Arabia relations.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o The AFC announced on 29 January 2020 that the group stage matches which Chinese teams were supposed to host on matchdays 1, 2, and 3 would be switched with the corresponding away matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic in China.[32][33] Later, the order of matches between Beijing FC and Melbourne Victory, Guangzhou Evergrande and Vissel Kobe, and Shanghai SIPG and Yokohama F. Marinos, were switched from the revised schedule.[34]
  6. ^ a b Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea, the order of matches between Ulsan Hyundai and Perth Glory was switched.[35][12]

ReferencesEdit

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