Fifteen teams from five countries are taking part: China, South Korea, Australia, Japan and Thailand. Last Friday, the Malaysian Exaltation House withdrew and the results were suspended because it did not get the government’s permission to go to Qatar to complete the competitions. Following the withdrawal of the Malaysian club, three clubs will now take part in Group G, namely Japan’s Vesel Kobe, China’s Gwangju Evergrande and South Korea’s Sun Samsung Bluewings.
Today (12:00 Beirut time) Shanghai Xinhua will meet newcomer Chinese and 2019 A-League runner-up Perth Glory at the opening of the competitions, three days later before meeting South Korean champion Ulsan Hyundai three days later in Group F, then Japan’s FC Tokyo.
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