S.Korea's Pohang win penalty thriller to reach Champions League final


South Korea's Pohang Steelers will face Saudi giants Al Hilal in the AFC Champions League final after defeating title-holders Ulsan Hyundai 5-4 on penalties on Wednesday.

The two sides, rivals on South Korea's east coast, were locked at 1-1 after 120 tense minutes with Pohang equalising with just a minute left of normal time to force the extra period.

Skipper Kang Sang-woo was the hero for Pohang, holding his nerve to slam his winning penalty into the corner, before being mobbed by his teammates.

Ulsan top the K League but it was mid-table Pohang who started better and hit the post in the opening quarter at Jeonju World Cup Stadium, where there was a sparse, socially distanced crowd.

The two sides conjured up only three shots on target between them in 45 minutes of cautious first-half football.

But the game came to life after that. Pohang goalkeeper Lee Jun had looked shaky throughout and it was his mistake that allowed Ulsan to score when he fumbled a routine stop into the path of Yun Il-lok.

The 2009 champions Pohang squandered three clear-cut chances in the space of 10 frenetic minutes, but just when Ulsan looked like they had weathered the storm, their skipper Won Du-jae was red-carded in the 68th minute.

It was all Pohang after that and the pressure told in the 89th minute when their British-born Australian defender Alex Grant popped up with a looping header that went in off the post to force extra-time.

On Tuesday, Al Hilal defeated rivals Al Nassr 2-1 in a Riyadh derby, with Mali striker Moussa Marega and Saudi international Salem al-Dawsari scoring either side of the break.

The final is on November 23.



More Related News

Widow of SKorean dictator issues apology over brutal rule
Widow of SKorean dictator issues apology over brutal rule
  • World
  • 2021-11-27 04:00:33Z

The widow of South Korea's last military dictator issued a brief apology over the "pains and scars" caused by her husband's brutal rule as dozens of...

Report casts doubt on claim a North Korean was sentenced to death for smuggling
Report casts doubt on claim a North Korean was sentenced to death for smuggling 'Squid Game'
  • World
  • 2021-11-26 20:01:43Z

A report that 'Squid Game' had been smuggled into North Korea and that citizens had been punished for watching has been questioned by another outlet.

South Koreans are so stressed, they
South Koreans are so stressed, they're forking out cash just to sit in a room and stare blankly into space

South Koreans are paying to sit in movie theaters and for time slots at special quiet spaces to do nothing and space out, per The Washington Post.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Soccer