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S. Korean clubs draw Chinese opponents at AFC Champions League quarters

All News 18:09 June 09, 2016

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, June 9 (Yonhap) -- Two South Korean sides alive at the Asian football club competition will both run into Chinese opponents on the road to the championship.

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors will face Shanghai SIPG in the two-legged quarterfinals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Championship. FC Seoul will go up against Shandong Luneng in the quarters.

The draw took place Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Jeonbuk and FC Seoul are the two surviving clubs from the K League Classic, while Shanghai and Shandong both represent the Chinese Super League.

Jeonbuk last won the AFC title in 2006. They knocked off Melbourne Victory in the previous round.

The first leg of Jeonbuk-Shanghai quarters is scheduled for Aug. 23 in Shanghai, followed by the second leg in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, on Sept. 13.

FC Seoul, the AFC runners-up in 2013, eliminated Urawa Red Diamonds in the round of 16.

FC Seoul and Shandong were paired in Group F, with the South Korean side coming out on top and the Chinese club getting the second seed. FC Seoul beat Shandong 4-1 in their first group stage meeting on March 16, and the two sides had a scoreless draw on April 5.

They will meet again in the first leg on Aug. 24 in Seoul, and the second leg will be in Jinan, China, on Sept. 14.

The other quarterfinal draws are: Al-Ain versus Lokomotiv Tashkent, and El Jaish against Al-Nasr.


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