Saudi Arabia to host Asian Champions League final

Saudi Arabia to host Asian Champions League final
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Two clubs from Saudi Arabia remain involved in the Asian Champions League.
Saudi Arabia plays Qatar at the King Abdullah sport city stadium in the Saudi city of Jeddah [Getty]

Saudi Arabia will host the final of this year's Asian Champions League on 23 November, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed on Friday.

No venue city has been announced, but the quarter-final and semi-final matches involving teams from the west of Asia - due to be held on 16 and 19 October respectively - will also be played in the Gulf state.

Two clubs from Saudi Arabia remain involved in the competition, with former champions Al Hilal due to play Iran's Esteghlal in the last 16 while Al Nassr will face off against Tractor, also from Iran. Both teams are based in Riyadh.

The AFC has had to alter the format of the competition because of COVID-19 travel restrictions in place in many Asian nations, with games in the knockout rounds played on a single-match basis rather than as home-and-away clashes.

A round of 16 games will be held from 13 - 15 September around the region, with the draw for the quarter-finals to be held on 17 September. 

The quarter-final and semi-final matches for clubs from the east of the confederation will be hosted in Jeonju in South Korea on 17 and 20 October. 

(Reuters)