SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean workers Ulsan Horang-i kept its hopes alive for a second consecutive Asian Champions League title on Tuesday by beating Kawasaki Frontale 3-2 in a penalty shootout to prevail in the quarterfinals.
With the rating 0-0 after 120 minutes at an empty Ulsan World Cup Stadium, Yoon Bitgaram scored the decisive draw kick for two-time winner Ulsan with Akihiro Ienaga, Joao Schmidt and Tatsuya Hasegawa all failing to convert for the Eastern champions.
“We didn’t quit and kept going unless the finish and kept our focus and got the win,” acknowledged Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo, who used to be captain of the South Korea workers that reached the semifinals of the 2002 World Cup.
It used to be a dramatic finish to an uninspiring game between two continental heavyweights. With shrimp motion in the main 90 minutes, there had been a couple of chances in beyond customary time. Yoon shot neutral over from the fringe of the dwelling and on the finish of the main length, Kei Chinen’s header produced a leaping put from Ulsan goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo.
Ulsan came the closest when Kim Ji-hyun headed against the post in the final seconds.
“It used to be a tough game namely in the main half,” acknowledged Kawasaki coach Toru Oniki. “The avid gamers gave their all and we improved because the game stepped forward nonetheless couldn’t bag the target.”
There had been more targets in the sooner game between Eastern and Korean golf equipment. Nagoya Grampus came relief from behind to defeat Daegu FC 4-2 with a hat trick from Polish striker Jakub Swierczok.
On Monday night, 2019 champion Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia defeated Iran’s Esteghlal 2-0 in Doha, Qatar.
Seven minutes ahead of the spoil, Matheus Pereira, signed by Al-Hilal from English club West Bromwich Albion, chanced on Bafetimbi Gomis in the dwelling and the feeble French international chipped the ball into the salvage.
Ten minutes after the restart, feeble Porto striker Moussa Marega fed Salem Al-Dawsari and the Saudi international sealed the win.
The quarterfinals will be performed in October. The final is Nov. 23.
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