ACL knockout stage: What you need to know


The 2016 AFC Champions League is down to 16 teams, with Melbourne Victory looking to create history of its own in the knockout stage.

After advancing from the group stage for the first time, Victory will face South Korean side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors for a place in the Quarter Finals.

Should Victory progress, the Quarter Finals will start in August, with all participating clubs able to make unlimited squad changes.

Victory is one of two Australian teams in the last 16, with Sydney FC to play Chinese team Shandong Luneng for a Quarter Final berth.

Elsewhere in the East Zone, FC Tokyo (Japan) will take on Shanghai SIPG (China), while FC Seoul (South Korea) is up against Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan).

In the West Zone, there will be an all-Qatari Round of 16 clash with Lekhwiya playing El Jaish.

Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) will face Lokomotiv Tashkent (Uzbekistan), with Al Nasr (UAE) to meet Tractor Sazi (Iran) and Al Ain (UAE) pitted against Zob Ahan (Iran).

Each tie in the knockout stage is played over two legs, home and away. 

If necessary, the away goals rule, extra time (away goals do not count in extra time) and a penalty shootout will be used to decide the winner of each tie.

The East and West Zones will be kept part until the Final. There is no country protection until then, meaning teams from the same association can be drawn into the same tie.

Tickets for Victory’s Round of 16 home game against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Tuesday, May 17 are available by clicking here.

Round of 16 1st Leg

Melbourne Victory v Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Tuesday, May 17, 7.45pm AEST
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne

Round of 16 2nd Leg

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors v Melbourne Victory
Tuesday, May 24, 8.00pm AEST
Jeonju World Cup Stadium, South Korea