Guangzhou Evergrande and Esteghlal will carry one- and two-goal cushions to Doha and Buriram in their quest to reach the semi-finals, while the Al Shabab-Kashiwa Reysol and FC Seoul-Al Ahli ties remain evenly poised.
A history of trials and tribulations has not stopped Standard Liege from recording ten league titles and six national cups as well as maintaining their place at the forefront of Belgian football.
Following the exit of Georges Leekens, Marc Wilmots has assumed the Belgium reins on an interim basis, while Eric Gerets has ruled himself out of the running to land the post on a permanent deal.
As Queens Park Rangers' Premier League survival goes down to the wire, FIFA.com speaks with their Moroccan Adel Taarabt on their first season back in the top flight, his temperament and playing for his country.
Montpellier and Morocco star Younes Belhanda believes that too much was expected of the Atlas Lions at the 2012 CAF Cup of Nations and that more patience is required to help the team reach its potential.
Despite seeing his side crash out of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco coach Eric Gerets is confident that the team can improve in the future, a suggestion backed up by captain Houssine Kharja.