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Guangzhou Evergrande draw Western Sydney Wanderers quarterfinal

Reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande will face A League side Western Sydney Wanderers in the quarterfinal of the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League, following the draw conducted in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday afternoon.

Evergrande are the first side to reach the quarterfinal stage of the competition in three consecutive seasons and will be hopeful of repeating their success of last season come the first week of November.

In the other side of the East Asian section, who will be kept separate from their West Asian rivals until the final under this year’s tournament rules, last year’s runners-up FC Seoul were drawn away to Pohang Steelers in the first leg of their quarterfinal clash.

For Evergrande, the bonus of the draw conducted by club captain and 2013 AFC Player of the Year Zheng Zhi is that they will host the 2nd leg of both their quarterfinal and potential semifinal clashes. Should they reach the final, though, a 2nd leg trip to West Asia would await.

Evergrande’s trip to Sydney will take place on August 20, while they will host the Australians a week later on the 27th. Any semifinal clash will take place away on 17 September and at home on 1 October.

 

2014 AFC Champions League Quarterfinal Draw

Al Hilal (KSA) vs. Al Sadd (QAT)
Al Ain (UAE) vs. Al Ittihad (KSA)

Pohang Steelers (KOR) vs. FC Seoul (KOR)
Western Sydney Wanderers (AUS) vs. Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN)

 

NOTE: The final will be played on 25 October (East Asia) and 1st November (West Asia)

Based in Guangzhou, Christopher covers Chinese football for a range of media outlets worldwide and is Wild East Football's lead editor for news content.   His work can regularly be seen on ESPN FC, Bleacher Report and Hupu amongst other media outlets, while he has interviewed a number of leading figures in Chinese football.

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