In a sixth and final group matchday not without surprise, Korea Republic's Jeonbuk Motors, Kuwait's Al Qadisiya, UAE's Al Ain, Syria's Al Karama, Saudi Arabia's Al Shabab joined already qualified Ulsan Horang-I of Korea and Shanghai Shenhua of China along with champions Al Ittihad in the last eight. rounds-up more action from the Asian Champions League.

Group E, Jeonbuk rally
The tightest of groups ended in a two-horse race and, on the final matchday, Korea's Jeonbuk Motors put in a stirring finish to nose past Dalian Shide. The Chinese Super League champions, who needed a point to qualify, had gone ahead on Wednesday when Zou Jie broke the deadlock just before the hour mark, but a brace from Kim Hyeung-bum and another from Wang Jung-hyung completed a 3-1 win, leaving them a point clear.

In the other match, J-League champions Gamba Osaka hit five goals away at Vietnam's Da Nang to end their first campaign on a high 1-5. Brazilians Fernandinho (2) and Magno Alves, the competition's topscorer with eight strikes, were among the goals again.

Group A, Al Qadisiya shock
In one of the biggest surprises, Al Qadisiya became the first side from Kuwait to make the quarter-finals after holding Pakhtakor to a 2-2 draw in Uzbekistan. Going into the crucial game a point to the good, the visitors were always in command of things and went ahead twice thanks to goals from Hussain Ali and Khalaf Salama. Renat Bayramov grabbed the first equaliser but the second from substitute Anvarjon Soliev only arrived in the very last minute. 

In the battle to avoid the group's wooden spoon, Al Ittihad emerged victorious. The Syrians went two goals to the good thanks to strikes from Mohamed Al Damen and Mohamed Boudka before Foolad, who had defeated Al Qadisiya 6-0 on the opening matchday, pulled one back through Adel Kolahkaj.

Group B, Al Ain progress
Al Ain advanced to the knockout stage of the AFC Champions League for the fourth consecutive time after a 2-1 home win over Mash'al. The Uzbekistan side grabbed a shock lead through Zafar Kholmurodov but two goals from Nenad Jestrovic saw last year's finalists through. The side from the United Arab Emirates finished three points ahead of their main rival Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal, who could only manage a draw with Iraq's Al Mina'a in Kuwait. Nawaf Falah put the 'home' side ahead before Giovanni Oliviera equalised for the Saudis.

Group C, Nerveless Al Karama make the cut
Syria's Al Karama booked their spot in the last eight with a 1-0 win over Iran's Saba Battery in the make-or-break final day match. A first half free kick from captain Abdul Kader Refai was all that separated the sides. The group's other match produced an eight-goal thriller with a hat-trick from A'ala Hubail helping Qatar's Al Gharafa to a 5-3 victory over Al Wahda.

Group D, Al Shabab fly Saudi flag
Saudi Arabia's Al Shabab joined Riyadh rivals Al Ittihad in the quarter-finals but needed to come from behind to defeat Iraq's Al Quwa Al Jawiya. Ghanim Khodair put the visitors ahead only for Nassir Al Shamrani to equalise before Iraqi Nashat Akram earned the Saudis a vital three points to top the table on a better head-to-head record. It meant Al Sadd's 2-1 win at Al Arabi was not enough to see the Qatar side through to a second consecutive quarter-finals. Both teams ended up with 13 points but Al Shabab progress thanks to a better head-to-head record.