Riyadh: The 2021 AFC Champions League (West) Spherical of 16 solid was finalised following the conclusion of the Group Stage on Friday.
As Teams A and C introduced the thrilling group stage to an in depth on Friday, the West Spherical of 16 solid noticed a number of of the continent’s largest membership sides lacking out with Qatar’s Al Sadd SC and Al Duhail SC and Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli Saudi FC amongst those that exited the event.
The Spherical of 16 (West) match-ups will see Tajikistan’s FC Istiklol taking over Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis FC, Sharjah taking part in Al Wahda FSCC in an all-UAE affair, Islamic Republic of Iran’s Esteghlal going through 2019 champions Al Hilal SFC of Saudi Arabia and Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia squaring off in opposition to Iran’s Tractor FC.
Istiklol capped a dream debut AFC Champions League marketing campaign by ending high of Group A, edging 2019 winners Al Hilal who, nonetheless, superior as one of many three finest runners-up from the 5 West teams.
Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates, who ended their group stage marketing campaign with 11 factors, superior because the Group B winners with second-placed Tractor FC of Iran additionally going via.
Group C noticed Esteghlal taking the only real ticket, with the Iran aspect ending high with 11 factors as Al Duhail and Al Ahli Saudi FC each crashed out.
Group D was topped by 2020 AFC Champions League semi-finalists Al Nassr, with the Saudi Professional League aspect’s two wins over Al Sadd proving essential of their last haul of 11 factors.
Iran’s Persepolis FC, the runners-up in 2018 and 2020, received Group E with a haul of 15 factors, with UAE’s Al Wahda additionally advancing as one of many three finest runners-up.
The Spherical of 16 and quarter-finals are scheduled to be performed as single leg affairs in September.
The semi-finals and last might be contested on a house and away foundation, with the final 4 ties scheduled for October and the ultimate in November.