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Sport Soccer-South Korea to host Asian Champions League knockout matches

10:59  30 july  2021
10:59  30 july  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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By Michael Church

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The South Korean city of Jeonju will host the two quarter-finals and the semi-final of the eastern half of the Asian Champions League in October, the Asian Football Confederation announced on Friday.

The matches will be held on a centralised basis rather than as home and away legs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the quarter-finals to be played on Oct. 17. The semi-final will be three days later.

The quarter-final line-up will be determined in mid-September, when the Round of 16 matches will be played as one-off ties.

Reigning champions Ulsan Hyundai from South Korea take on Japan's Kawasaki Frontale and Daegu FC meet Nagoya Grampus on Sept. 14 in the Round of 16.

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The 2021 AFC Champions League knockout stage will be played from 13 September to 23 November 2021. A total of 16 teams will compete in the knockout stage to decide the champions of the 2021 AFC Champions League .

The knockout stage of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup was the second and final stage of the competition, following the group stage. It began on 20 January with the round of 16 and ended on 1 February with the final match , held at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

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The winners of the eastern semi-final will take on the team that emerges from the semi-finals in the west of the continent. The host for those matches, which will also be played on a centralised basis, has yet to be announced.

Group matches in this edition of the Asian Champions League were also played on a centralised basis, with Thailand and Uzbekistan hosting games in the east and India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates the venues used in the west.

(Reporting by Michael Church, Editing by Robert Birsel)

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