Tehran Times – KUALA LUMPUR, Persepolis football team from Iran have been drawn with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli in the 2017 AFC Champions League quarter-final.
In the competition’s Knockout Stage draw held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday, Persepolis will face Al-Ahli on August 22 in the first leg and will play the Saudi Arabian team on September 12 in the second leg.
The Asian Football Confederation ruled during the group stage that matches between teams from Iran and Saudi Arabia would be moved to neutral venues until there was a return to normal diplomatic relations between the countries.
2016 runners-up Al-Ain will meet Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal in another quarters.
Meanwhile in East Asia, China’s Shanghai SIPG will come up against domestic rivals and two-time AFC Champions League winners Guangzhou Evergrande, while Kawasaki Frontale of Japan have been drawn to face compatriots and 2007 winners Urawa Red Diamonds.
For the competition’s semi-finals, the winners of both QF1 (Al-Ain v Al-Hilal) and QF3 (Shanghai SIPG v Guangzhou Evergrande) will host the first leg, with the winners of QF2 (Persepolis v Al-Ahli) and QF4 (Kawasaki Frontale v Urawa Red Diamonds) due to host the return fixture.
While for the final, the winners of SF1 – West Asia – will host the first leg, and the winner of SF2 – East Asia – will host the second leg.