2011 AFC Champions League Final

2011 AFC Champions League Final
Event 2011 AFC Champions League
Al-Sadd won 4–2 on penalties
Date 5 November 2011
Venue Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonju
AFC Man of the Match Abdul Kader Keïta (Al-Sadd)
Fans' Man of the Match Mohamed Saqr (Al-Sadd)
Referee Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Attendance 41,805
Weather Rainy
7 °C (45 °F)
60% humidity

The 2011 AFC Champions League Final was a football match which was played on Saturday, 5 November 2011, to determine the champion of the 2011 AFC Champions League.[1] It was the final of the 30th edition of the top-level Asian club tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 9th under the current AFC Champions League title.

The game was won by Al-Sadd of Qatar over Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of South Korea, winning 4–2 on penalties, after a 2–2 draw following extra time.[2][3][4] As AFC Champions League winners, they qualified to enter the quarter-finals of the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup as the AFC representative.

Qualified teams

Team Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2006
Qatar Al-Sadd 1989


The AFC decided that the final would be hosted by one of the finalists.[5] This format is a change from the 2009 and 2010 editions, where the final was played at a neutral venue.[6] On 7 June 2011, the draw for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final was made. For the final, the winner of semi-final 2 (played between the winners of quarter-finals 2 and 1) would be the home team, while the winner of semi-final 1 (played between the winners of quarter-finals 4 and 3) would be the away team.[7] Therefore, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors were the home team, and Al-Sadd were the away team. The name of the stadium is Jeonju World Cup Stadium which is located in Jeonju, Republic of Korea which was also one of the main stadiums during 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Road to final

For more details on this topic, see 2011 AFC Champions League.
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Round Qatar Al-Sadd
Opponent Result Qualifying play-off Opponent Result
Bye Semi-final Syria Al-Ittihad 5–1 (H)
Final India Dempo 2–0 (H)
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
China Shandong Luneng 1–0 (H) Matchday 1 Iran Esteghlal 1–1 (A)
Indonesia Arema 4–0 (A) Matchday 2 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 2–1 (H)
Japan Cerezo Osaka 0–1 (A) Matchday 3 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 1–0 (H)
Japan Cerezo Osaka 1–0 (H) Matchday 4 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 1–1 (A)
China Shandong Luneng 2–1 (A) Matchday 5 Iran Esteghlal 2–2 (H)
Indonesia Arema 6–0 (H) Matchday 6 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 1–1 (A)
Group G winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6501142+1215
Japan Cerezo Osaka 6402114+712
China Shandong Luneng 621398+17
Indonesia Arema 6015222−201
Final standings Group B winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Qatar Al-Sadd 624086+210
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 6222107+38
Iran Esteghlal 62221110+18
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 6123814−65
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout stage Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
China Tianjin Teda 3–0 (H) (one-leg match) Round of 16 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 1–0 (H) (one-leg match)
Japan Cerezo Osaka 9–5 3–4 (A) 6–1 (H) Quarterfinals Iran Sepahan 4–2 3–0 (awd.) (A) 1–2 (H)
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 5–3 3–2 (A) 2–1 (H) Semifinals South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2–1 2–0 (A) 0–1 (H)


Jeonbuk had the first attempt on target after four minutes when Eninho saw a dipping shot from 25 yards punched away by Saqr. Mamadou Niang fired well over the top six minutes later before Park's cross from the left was glanced into Saqr's arms by Jeon Kwang-Hwan. Jeonbuk then took the lead in the 17th minute. Eninho was brought down on the left edge of the box but the Brazilian picked himself to fire a brilliant free-kick into the far side of Saqr's net.[8]

The Al Sadd keeper gathered Eninho's low shot shortly afterwards before the Qataris silenced the raucous home crowd just before the half-hour mark. Keita flighted a cross towards Khalfan Ibrahim on the edge of the six-yard box and as the midfielder jumped with Sim, the defender flicked the ball past Kim Min-Sik in the Jeonbuk goal and the sides went in level at the break. Saqr comfortably held Jeong's low shot from outside the box as the second-half got under way before Kim Dong-Chan was presented with a sight of goal but the substitute could only sidefoot straight at the keeper from 10 yards. Eninho came close to grabbing his second goal of the game in the 57th minute. Having scored twice from corners against Al Ittihad in the semi-final, the Brazilian tried to repeat the trick but Saqr managed to tip his set-piece from the right against the bar. Al Sadd then took the lead in the 63rd minute when a low cross from the left picked out Keita and the striker spun and fired into the bottom corner from just inside the box.

Jeonbuk came agonisingly close to a swift reply six minutes later. Kim Dong-chan met Eninho's in-swinging corner with a header that came back off the far post and the midfielder's subsequent overhead kick was cleared off the line before Jeong blazed over from inside the area. Head coach Choi Kang-hee then introduced Lee Dong-gook for Luiz Henrique as Jeonbuk pressed for the equaliser. Kim Dong-Chan pulled a low shot wide of Saqr's goal with 10 minutes remaining before the Al Sadd keeper did brilliantly to push Jeong's low drive from 12 yards through a crowd of players onto the post with three minutes to go.

Nadir Belhadj who converted the winning penalty

Urged on by a noisy home crowd, Jeonbuk piled on the pressure in the closing stages and grabbed a dramatic equaliser in stoppage-time when Eninho's corner from the right was headed in from close range at the back post by substitute Lee Sung-hyun as the stadium erupted and the game went into extra time. Lee Dong-Gook wasted a great chance in the 101st minute when the ball fell to the striker unmarked eight yards from goal but he sliced horribly wide. Jeong headed Eninho's cross off target two minutes into the second period of extra time before Saqr denied him with a fantastic save with seven minutes to go, pushing his shot past the post after Abdulla Koni's slip had let the Jeonbuk striker in. The home side were again foiled by the woodwork shortly afterwards when Eninho's corner hit and Al Sadd defender but bounced off the base of the post.

Al Sadd players celebrated their second winning the ACL trophy

Substitute Afif collected a second booking a minute from the end for bringing down Choi Chul-soon but Al Sadd held on for penalties. After the first three spot-kicks all found the back of the net, Kim Dong Chan had his effort saved by Saqr before Al Sadd's Lee Jung-Soo calmly strode up but sidefooted his penalty against the underside of the bar. Jeonbuk could not capitalize on this as Park blasted his shot straight at Saqr. Ibrahim Majid then blasted into the corner and Kim Sang-sik scored but Belhadj displayed fine composure to fire home the winning penalty.

Belhadj held his nerve in front of over 41,000 spectators – a club record – to drive home the crucial spot kick in the shootout as Al Sadd became the first Qatar side to win the AFC Champions League and book their place at the FIFA Club World Cup. Nadir Belhadj converted the winning penalty as Al Sadd lifted the 2011 AFC Champions League trophy following a dramatic final against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium.

Match details

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors: 4–2–3–1
GK 21South Korea Kim Min-Sik
RB 25South Korea Choi Chul-Soon
CB 3 South Korea Sim Woo-Yeon
CB 5 South Korea Son Seung-Joon
LB 33South Korea Park Won-Jae
CM 4 South Korea Kim Sang-Sik  90+5'
CM 13South Korea Jung Hoon  51'
RM 8 Brazil Eninho  80'
LM 26South Korea Seo Jung-Jin  71'
AM 10Brazil Luiz Henrique  71'
CF 9 South Korea Jeong Shung-Hoon
MF 7 South Korea Kim Young-Woo
MF 11South Korea Lee Seung-Hyun  71'
FW 15South Korea Kim Dong-Chan  51'
MF 18China Huang Bowen
FW 20South Korea Lee Dong-Gook  71'
DF 29South Korea Lee Kwang-Hyun
GK 41South Korea Lee Beom-Soo
South Korea Choi Kang-Hee
Al-Sadd: 4-4-2
GK 30Qatar Mohamed Saqr
RB 32Qatar Ibrahim Majid  73'
CB 6 Qatar Mohammed Kasola  21'  53'
CB 40South Korea Lee Jung-Soo
LB 3 Algeria Nadir Belhadj
DM 21Qatar Abdulla Koni
RM 15Qatar Talal Al-Bloushi  66'
LM 25Qatar Wesam Rizik
AM 14Qatar Khalfan Ibrahim  74'
FW 9 Senegal Mamadou Niang
FW 12Ivory Coast Abdul Kader Keita  52'  90+5'
GK 1 Qatar Saad Al Sheeb
MF 8 Qatar Mesaad Al-Hamad
MF 10Qatar Mohammed Al Yazeedi
FW 11Qatar Hassan Al Haidos  89'  74'
DF 19Qatar Nasser Nabeel
FW 20Qatar Ali Afif Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 100', 120'  90+5'
DF 26Qatar Taher Zakaria  80'  53'
Uruguay Jorge Fossati

AFC's Man of the Match:
Abdul Kader Keïta (Côte d'Ivoire)

Assistant referees:
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Bahadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Fourth official:
Tan Hai (China P.R.)

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