Greatest ever week of AFC Champions League history

Published on: 9 months ago

Kuala Lumpur: The quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League 2017 produced one of the most memorable nights in Asian club football history this week.

Guangzhou Evergrande v Shanghai SIPG

Guangzhou Evergrande nearly pulled off the great escape against Shanghai SIPG, overcoming a 0-4 first leg deficit before succumbing to their Chinese Super League rivals in a dramatic penalty shootout at the Tianhe Stadium on Tuesday night. 

It was, said Shanghai SIPG's Yan Junling, the “craziest” game he has ever been involved in.

Urawa Red Diamonds v Kawasaki Frontale

Urawa Red Diamonds, down 3-1 after the first leg, rebounded in style to beat Kawasaki Frontale 4-1 in the second leg on Wednesday to progress to the semi-finals 5-4 on aggregate.

They will now play Shanghai SIPG in the semi-finals on Sept 27 and Oct 18, ties which promise to be crackers as well.

Al Ahli v Persepolis

Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis, having come from two goals down in the first leg to force a 2-2 draw, showed nerves of steel as they defeated Al Ahli 3-1 in the return tie on Tuesday. 

Persepolis' second and third goals came from late penalties, as Godwin Mensha and Mahdi Taremi kept their cool to convert from the spot.

Al Hilal v Al Ain

Persepolis will face Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal in the semi-finals.

Al Hilal, thanks to a brilliant hat-trick from Carlos Eduardo, saw off Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates 3-0 on Monday, signalling that they are indeed worthy contenders for the AFC Champions League 2017 title.

In fact, all four semi-finalists are. 


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