KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Asian Soccer Confederation has confirmed a revised japanese zone Champions League group and playoff schedule after three Australian golf equipment pulled out of the 2021 match amid an interrupted home season extended by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sydney FC, Melbourne Metropolis and Brisbane Roar positioned within the prime six within the A-League common season to qualify for the home playoffs, which begin June 11 and are scheduled to conclude on June 26, clashing with the Champions League preliminary and playoff phases, and prompting their withdrawal from the match on Friday.
Brisbane was scheduled to play Kaya FC-Iloilo within the preliminary stage on June 20 and Melbourne Metropolis was resulting from play Cerezo Osaka on June 21.
The AFC on Sunday authorised the cancellation of the match between Brisbane Roar and Kaya FC-Iloilo from the Philippines, with the latter progressing to a playoff match in opposition to Shanghai Port FC of China to safe the ultimate spot in Group F..
“The AFC additionally determined to cancel the playoff match between Daegu FC and Chiangrai FC with the 2020 Thai FA Cup winners changing Sydney FC in Group H and Daegu FC receiving a direct entry into Group I,” the AFC stated in an announcement Sunday.
”(The) match between Melbourne Metropolis FC and Cerezo Osaka has additionally been cancelled, with the Japanese facet receiving a direct bye into Group J, alongside China PR’s Guangzhou FC, Kitchee SC from Hong Kong and Thailand’s Port FC.”
The Asian Champions League Teams F, G and J will happen in Bangkok and Buriram in Thailand from June 22 to July 11, 2021, whereas Teams H and I can be staged in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from June 25 to July 11.
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