ACL winner to meet African side
TOKYO – The winners of this year¡¯s AFC Champions League are to meet the African club champions in the quarter-finals of the FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup in Japan in December.
The draw for the six-team competition was held in Tokyo on Saturday, July 30, and saw the winners of Asia¡¯s most prestigious club competition going into the hat for the quarter-final draw along with CONCACAF Champions Cup holders Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica, OFC Club Championship winners Sydney and the team that claims this year¡¯s CAF Champions League trophy, which concludes on November 13.
The match between the AFC Champions League winners and the African champions will open the Club World Championship on December 11 at the National Stadium in Tokyo, with the winner of the game advancing to meet South American champions Sao Paulo of Brazil in the semi-finals on December 14 at the same venue.
Saprissa and Sydney meet on December 12 in Toyota with the winners then meeting European Champions League winners Liverpool in the other semi-final on December 15 in Yokohama.
The Club World Championship final will be played on December 18 in Yokohama with the winner lifting the Toyota Cup.
The AFC Champions League reaches its quarter-final stage in mid-September with matches between Saudi Arabia¡¯s Al Ahli and China¡¯s Shenzhen Jianlibao, Korea¡¯s Busan I¡¯Park and Qatar¡¯s Al Sadd, Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates and Pas of Iran, and China¡¯s Shandong Luneng and defending champions Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia.
The AFC Champions League final is a two-leg affair with matches on October 26 and 31.
FIFA Clubs World Championship 2005 schedule
Dec 11 (Tokyo) – QF1: AFC Champions League winner v CAF winner
Dec 12 (Toyota) – QF 2: Sydney FC (AUS) v Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)
Dec 14 (Tokyo) – SF1: Winner QF1 v Sao Paulo (BRA)
Dec 15 (Yokohama) – SF2: Winner QF2 v Liverpool (ENG)
Dec 16 (Tokyo) – 5/6 place: Loser QF1 v Loser QF2
Dec 18 (Yokohama) – 3/4 place: Loser SF1 v Loser SF2
Dec 18 (Yokohama) – Final: Winner SF1 v Winner SF2
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