ACL Review: Guangzhou Evergrande and Al Hilal seal semi-final spots

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Guangzhou Evergrande Kashiwa Reysol

1-1 (agg. 4-2)

The Chinese Super League champions progressed to the last four of the Asian Champions League as a 1-1 home draw with Kashiwa Reysol gave Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side a 4-2 aggregate win. Huang Bowen’s strike in the 30th restored Guangzhou’s two-goal advantage after conceding by Cristiano’s header which gave a false glimmer to the Japanse side.

The result sees Guangzhou will now await Japan’s Gamba Osaka or Korea Reublic’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors for their semi-final showdown, which will be played on September 29 and October 20.

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2-2 (agg. 3-6)

Al Hilal moved into the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League with a 6-3 aggregate victory over ’s Lekhwiya, after Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg ended 2-2. The Pro League side took the lead midway through the first half courtesy of Carlos Eduardo, but Ismaeel Mohammad equalised on the stroke of half-time.

The hosts thought they had sealed victory on the day thanks to a goal from former Swansea City defender Chico Flores, but Digao’s late effort ensured the second leg ended draw. The result was enough to book a spot for Al Hilan in the last four while await UAE’s Al Ain or Iran’s Naft Tehran as their opponents.