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Two crunch clashes in ACL (east) quarter-final

The Asian Champions League (east) quarter-final draw was staged in Doha on Tuesday and resulted into two mouth-watering encounters that fans will enjoy.

Two crunch clashes in ACL (east) quarter-final
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The Educational City stadium in the Qatari capital Doha held Tuesday's staging of the ACL (East) quarter-final draw that was attended by the head of the competitions committee at AFC along with the coaches of the four qualified teams.

The draw sees Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea take on Chinese club Beijing Sinobo Guoan, while Japan's Vissel Kobe will clash with Suwon Samsung Bluewings of South Korea on the 10th of December.

The two winners will face-off in the semi-final on 13 December, with the winner set for a fiery clash with Iran oufit Perspolis in the final game on 19 December.

How the four teams qualified:

The midfield maestro known for his quality and sublime touch, Andres Iniesta managed to lead his Japanese side, Vissel Kobe, to the quarter-final of ACL after defeating Shanghai SIPG of China 2-0.

The two goals were scored by Iniesta and Daigo Nishi in the 31st and 50th minutes as the team managed to join South Korean Ulsan Hyundai FC, who secured their qualification with a 3-0 victory over Melbourne city, and Beijing Sinobo Guoan who could snatch a tough 1-0 win over FC Tokyo. 

Suwon Samsung Bluewings complete the quarter-final line-up

Suwon Samsung Bluewings were the last team to secure their seat in the quarter-finals despite falling one goal behind 20 minutes into their game against Yokohama Marinos. The Japanese outfit managed to turn things around in the second half bagging three goals from Kim Tae-hwan, Kim Min-Woo, and Han Seok-Jong to secure a 3-2 victory against a fierce opponent.