The south, the deep south
AFC Champion's league - semi finals
Two big games tomorrow, the first legs of the Asian champions league semifinals.
Ittihad [KSA] travel to Korea to face Busan [KOR!], while alAin [UAE] hosts Shezhen [CHN] in the other.
Busan I'Park v Ittihad
This game sees the two most impressive teams in ACL this season face each other, in what's expected to be an exciting tie.
Busan enter this semifinal after comfortably seeing off alSadd of Qatar, beating them both home (3-0) and away (2-1). Ittihad, the reigning champions, qualified equaly strongly, drawing comfortably away to Shandong (1-1) and thrashing them at home (7-2).
Both teams will have a player missing to suspension: Mohammed Noor for Ittihad, and Da Silva for Busan. But Ittihad should welcome back Hamad alMontasheri who returns from injury.
The game will be held at the Gu-deok stadium, at Busan's request, in an effort to boost attendance to this crucial game. It's expected to be a sellout.
In tomorrow's other game, al-Ain host surprise package Shenzhen. Both teams will be looking to set their credentials after a fortunate route to qualification. al-Ain sneaked in to the semis on away goals after a late comeback against Pas, while Shenzhen pulled the surprise of the tournament when they saw off Ahli in extra time.
Macala doesn't have any selection problems, whilst Shenzhen will be missing 2 players from their back line (one suspended the other injured).
The game will be held at the Tahnoon stadium in al-Ain.
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