|Jeonbuk's Kim Chang Soo and FC Seoul's Carlos Adriano fights for the ball|
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The two premier club competitons in Asia officially entered its final phase as both competitions final matches were determined this week.
AFC Champions League Finals
The AFC Champions League finals will be composed of West Zone winners UAE's Al-Ain and East Zone winners South Korea's Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. Both teams demonstrated excellence from the group stages until in the semi finals. Jeonbuk finished the group stages with 3W 1D and 2L to finish 10 points and top of group E ahead of FC Tokyo on goal difference. Al-Ain also ended the group stages on the same record. In the knockout phases Jeonbuk defeated Melbourne Victory 3-2 on aggregate after 2 tight legs of football. Al-Ain defeated Zob Ahan of Iran 3-1 on aggregate. In the Quarter Finals Jeonbuk defeated Shanghai SIPG 5-0 on aggregate after a 0-0 1st leg affair in Shanghai. Al-Ain on the other had a tougher outing in the Qtr finals when they scraped past Uzbekistan side Lokomotiv Tashkent with just an aggregate scoreline of 1-0. Both teams had tough test in the semi finals, Jeonbuk overcoming fellow Korean side FC Seoul 5-3 on aggregate. Al- Ain meantime beat El-Jaish of Qatar with the same aggregate scoreline. Both teams are looking to win their 2nd AFC Champions League title. Al-Ain won the title back in 2003 while Jeonbuk won the title back in 2006.
The First leg of the AFC Champions League finals will kick off in November 19 in Jeonju,South Korea. With the return leg happening a week later in Al-Ain,UAE.
AFC Cup Finals
The AFC Cup finals will be composed of West Zone winners Iraq's Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya and East Zone winners India's Bengaluru FC. The two teams have contrasting forms during the group stages, with Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya finished 5W 0D and 1L for 15 points to top Group B. While Bengaluru FC finished with 3W 0D 3L to finish 9 points, 9 points behind the reigning champions Malaysia's Johor Darul Tazim. In the 1 legged Last 16 round, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya defeated Jordanian side Al-Wehdat 2-1 while Bengaluru FC defeated Hong Kong's Kitchee in a tight 3-2 win. The Quater finals saw Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya beat fellow Iraqi side Al-Jaish 5-1 on aggregate scoreline. Bengaluru had a tougher route to the finals, when they beat Singapore's Tampines Rovers 1-0 after two legs. As expected the semi finals will be composed of 2 great matches, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya beat Lebanese Side Al-Ahed 4-3 on aggregate after two grueling legs, the same can be said on the semi finals tie of Bengaluru FC and reigning champions Johor Darul Tazim, the two sides already met during the group stages with JDT winning the two matches 1-0 and 3-0 respectively and after the 1-1 draw on 1st leg means that JDT has yet to lose to Bengaluru after 3 games, but Bengaluru won the match that matters in the 2nd leg to win 4-2 on aggregate. Both teams are looking for their maiden title in the AFC Cup.
Unlike the AFC Champions League, the AFC Cup will only have 1 match to decide the winner. The final hosts has already been determined in the Quarter Finals and the host team will be Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya from Iraq. But due to the security concerns on Iraq, the finals along with the other games of Iraqi football, will take place outside of Iraq. The finals will be held in Al-Wakrah,Qatar.