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Western Sydney, Guangzhou Evergrande through to ACL quarters

The Round of 16 second legs of the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League were completed on Wednesday night.

Eight teams have made it through to the quarter-finals with just one of those coming from behind after a first leg defeat.

That side is A-League runners-up Western Sydney Wanderers who have progressed to the final eight in their first-ever campaign in Asia.

The Wanderers lost 3-1 to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan last week but managed to turn the tide on the J.League outfit by winning 2-0 in Parramatta to go through on away goals. Second-half goals from Shannon Cole and Brendon Santalab saw Tony Popovic's men overcome the visitors and book their spot in the quarters.

Reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande were beaten 1-0 by Cerezo Osaka in China but were easily through after hammering the Japanese side 5-1 last week, keeping alive their hopes of defending their title.

Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan scored twice as UAE club Al-Ain beat league rivals Al-Jazira 2-1 to progress 4-2 on aggregate as Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad beat domestic adversaries Al-Shabab 3-1 in Riyadh to win 4-1 on aggregate.

Pohang Steelers kept their noses ahead of K-League opponents Jeonbuk Hyundai to win 3-1 on aggregate following a 1-0 triumph in Pohang as FC Seoul escaped elimination at the hands of Kawasaki Frontale despite losing 2-1 at home. The Korean giants managed to go through on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate.

Qatar's Al-Sadd are into the elite eight thanks to their 2-2 draw with Iran's Foolad which gave them an away goal victory while Al-Hilal gave Saudi Arabia another representative when they beat Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor 3-0 in Riyadh to win 4-0 on aggregate.

The dates for the quarter-finals will be August 19 and 26 for the West Asia zone and August 20 and 27 for the East Asia zone.

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