ACL quarter-final ties confirmed

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The 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-final lineup was finalised following the official draw ceremony at the AFC House on Tuesday.

Defending champions Kashima Antlers, aiming to create history by becoming the first Japanese side to win back-to-back titles, will face two-time AFC Champions League winners Guangzhou Evergrande FC from China PR.

Guangzhou, who have not gone beyond the quarter-final stage since 2015, will welcome Kashima on August 28 before travelling to Japan on September 18.

Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds, champions in 2007 and 2017, will lock horns with China PR’s Shanghai SIPG, who have never advanced past the quarter-finals in their previous appearances.

SIPG will host the first leg on August 27, with the return leg on September 17.

The West Zone quarter-finals promise to be exciting affairs as the winners of the Round of 16 tie between Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr and Al Wahda FSCC of the United Arab Emirates will square off against the victors of the clash between Qatar clubs Al Duhail and Al Saad

The first leg will take place on August 26, with the return leg on September 16.

The other West Zone quarter-final will see the winners of the Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) and Zobahan (Islamic Republic of Iran) Round of 16 tie pitted against the victors of the tie between Saudi Arabia clubs Al Ahli and Al Hilal.

The first leg will be played on August 27 with the return leg on September 17.

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