SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean crew Ulsan Horang-i stored its hopes alive for a second consecutive Asian Champions League title on Tuesday by beating Kawasaki Frontale 3-2 in a penalty shootout to achieve the quarterfinals.
With the rating 0-0 after 120 minutes at an empty Ulsan World Cup Stadium, Yoon Bitgaram scored the decisive spot kick for two-time winner Ulsan with Akihiro Ienaga, Joao Schmidt and Tatsuya Hasegawa all failing to transform for the Japanese champions.
“We didn’t hand over and stored going till the top and stored our focus and bought the win,” stated Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo, who was captain of the South Korea crew that reached the semifinals of the 2002 World Cup.
It was a dramatic finish to an uninspiring sport between two continental heavyweights. With little motion within the first 90 minutes, there have been a number of possibilities in further time. Yoon shot simply over from the sting of the world and on the finish of the primary interval, Kei Chinen’s header produced a leaping save from Ulsan goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo.
Ulsan got here the closest when Kim Ji-hyun headed in opposition to the publish within the remaining seconds.
“It was a tricky sport particularly within the first half,” stated Kawasaki coach Toru Oniki. “The gamers gave their all and we improved as the sport progressed however couldn’t get the objective.”
There have been extra objectives within the earlier sport between Japanese and Korean golf equipment. Nagoya Grampus got here again from behind to defeat Daegu FC 4-2 with a hat trick from Polish striker Jakub Swierczok.
On Monday night time, 2019 champion Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia defeated Iran’s Esteghlal 2-0 in Doha, Qatar.
Seven minutes earlier than the break, Matheus Pereira, signed by Al-Hilal from English membership West Bromwich Albion, discovered Bafetimbi Gomis within the space and the previous French worldwide chipped the ball into the web.
Ten minutes after the restart, former Porto striker Moussa Marega fed Salem Al-Dawsari and the Saudi worldwide sealed the win.
The quarterfinals shall be performed in October. The ultimate is Nov. 23.
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