ACL play-offs: JDT draw Muangthong, Hanoi get Kitchee

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AFC Asian Champions League

Malaysian giants Johor Darul Ta’zim have been drawn against Thai outfit in the play-offs east zone.

The Southern Tigers will battle Muangthong in a one-legged game in Bangkok for a place in the third and final round of qualifying stage after being given a first-round bye following the improvement of Malaysia’s member association ranking in the AFC.

Of the other ties of east zone, Vietnamese team and Hong Kong side captures the imagination, while Myanmar club meet another Thai side as Yangon United take on – to be determined – Thai Premier League third-placed team.

Full play-off list with ties to be played from January 27 to February 9:

Play-off West 1

Al Ittihad (KSA) v Al Wehdat (JOR)

Play-off West 2

Naft Tehran (IRN) v El Jaish (QAT)

Play-off West 3

Bunyodkor (UZB) v Al Shabab (UAE)

Play-off West 4

Al Jazira (UAE) v Al Sadd (QAT)

Play-off East 1 – Preliminary round 1

(IND) v Tampines Rovers (SIN)

Preliminary round 2

Hanoi T&T (VIE) v Kitchee (HKG)
3rd TPL (THA) v Yangon United (MYA)
Shandong Luneng (CHN) v Mohun Bagan/Tampines
Muangthong United (THA) v Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS)

Final round

Adelaide United (AUS) v Shandong/Mohun Bagan/Tampines
Shanghai SIPG (CHN) v Muangthong/JDT
Pohang Steelers (KOR) v Hanoi/Kitchee
Urawa Reds/FC Tokyo (JPN) v Yangon/3rd TPL