ACL2016 Matchday 5

It was a great matchday for Urawa, Sydney and Pakhtakor in which the first 2 got their qualification to the next stage while Pakhtakor remains in contention for a place in Round of 16.

There will be a new champions thanks to the fact that Guangzhou Evergrande won but it wasn´t enough to progress to the next stage, the fact that the current ACL champion can defend their title or even qualify to the round of 16 remains certain.

Meanwhile it was terrible for Japanese champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima, they lose vs Shandong and said good bye to the competition, Jiangsu, FC Tokyo and Jeonbuk remain in contention for a place in the next stage

Al Jazira 1-3 Pakhtakor

Pakhtakor got an important away victory to keep chances to qualify for the next stage

Sydney  FC 0-0 Urawa Reds

The draw benefited both teams who progressed to the next stage, Sydney FC made history by finally qualifying to the Round of 16 for the 1st time in their history while UrawaReds reach this stage for the 1st time too, i the previous format there wasn´t no Round of 16 so in 2007 when Urawa Reds won their group qualified directly to the quarterfinals and in 2008 as the title defenders they started from the quarterfinals too.

Its the 1st time that in this new ACL format Urawa qualify for the Round of 16.

Curiously Urawa Reds and Sydney finished in in the same way that they finished in their group in 2007, Urawa Reds won their group while Sydney finished 2nd.

Al Nasr 1-1 Lokomotiv

Lokomotiv draw but remain in pole position to qualify for the round of 16

Nasaf 1-1 Al Ain

After scoring in the 1st minute they couldn´t secure the match and Al Ain ended drawing it, Nasaf still have chances to qualify for the next stage, they must win vs Al Ain in UAE to be in the Round of 16.

Bunyodkor 0-2 Lekhwiya

Bunyodkor lost their lost chance to keep hopes for qualifying with this lose

Shanghai SIPG 3-1 Melbourne Victory

Impressive Shanghai qualified in their season debut to the Round of 16 for the 1st time in their history after getting an important win vs Melbourne Vctory while Suwon won vs already eliminated Gamba Osaka to fight for 2nd spot.

 

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