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Scolari’s Guangzhou get Kashiwa draw

18 June 2015, 15:21

Kuala Lumpur - New Guangzhou Evergrande coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's first taste of the AFC Champions League will be against Japan's Kashiwa Reysol after the quarter-final draw was made on Thursday.

The former Brazil manager will want to make an immediate impression in Asia's top club competition after he replaced Fabio Cannavaro in controversial circumstances this month.

The Italian 2006 World Cup winner was just six months into his first managerial job before he was ousted with Guangzhou top of the Chinese Super League and already into Asia's last eight.

The Champions League will be Scolari's first foray into non-domestic competition since he led Brazil to last year's infamous 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals.

But the 66-year-old Brazilian will have to wait a while before his Champions League debut, with the two-legged quarter-finals taking place in late August and mid-September.

Also read: Scolari out of a job, without many supporters in Brazil

Elsewhere 2014 runners-up Al Hilal were drawn against Qatar's Lekhwiya as they bid to make up for their contentious loss in last year's final.

The Saudis blamed unfair refereeing after their 1-0 aggregate defeat to Western Sydney Wanderers, and striker Nasser Al Shamrani received a long ban for spitting and headbutting.

The other West Asian quarter-final pits Iranian debutants Naft Tehran against Al Ahli of the United Arab Emirates.

And in the East Asian section, 2006 champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors will bid to break Japanese club Gamba Osaka's five-match winning streak in the competition.

The AFC Champions League is divided into eastern and western halves until the final, ensuring that one club from each side of the continent is represented.

Quarter-final draw:

Al Hilal (KSA) v Lekhwiya (QAT)

Naft Tehran (IRI) v Al Ahli (UAE)

Kashiwa Reysol (JPN) v Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN)

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR) v Gamba Osaka (JPN)

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