Asian Champions League to resume in hubs in September, October


Karachi: The Asian Champions League will resume in two regional hubs in September and October with a single match deciding the title in early December, the Asian Football Confederation said on Thursday.
The continent’s elite club competition, which was suspended in early March because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, will resume first in West Asia on Sept. 14 and in East Asia on Oct. 16 at centralised venues as yet to be confirmed. While group matches will be played in full in a round robin format as originally planned, fixtures in the latter stages of the tournament from the round of 16 onwards will be single knockout matches rather than the usual two-legged format. The teams will play among themselves on East-West lines throughout the tournament until the final between the best team from each region in the western hub on Dec. 5. Four matches involving teams from the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Iraq will get the western zone back underway, while Australia’s Perth Glory will play China’s Shanghai Shenhua in the opening match in the East.– Agencies