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Urawa beat Al Hilal to win third Asian Champions League | Football News


The Japanese team won the final 2-1 after defeating Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia with a score of 1-0 thanks to an own goal at Saitama Stadium.

Urawa Red Diamonds won the Asian Champions League for the third time as Andre Carrillo’s own goal gave Japan a 1-0 win over the defending champions Al Hilal and won the match 2-1.

Carrillo’s mistake in the third minute of the second half sent Saturday’s draw in Urawa’s favor even though Al Hilal dominated for a long time before the Japanese team added crowns to the titles they had already won. obtained in 2007 and 2017.

“We are delighted today that after several months of hard work, thinking about this game, we have won this trophy for the amazing supporters at this great club,” said coach Maciej. Skorza of Urawa said.

“This is a huge honor for me and it’s amazing. It’s hard to find a way to describe this victory.

“I feel the spirit of support and that’s special. What can I say, today was not easy for us on the pitch. Very often we have difficulty, but we play with another player.”

Urawa has the upper hand in the second leg at Saitama Stadium after Shinzo Koroki’s equalizer last Saturday gave his team an away goal in a 1-1 draw in Riyadh.

The Saudis, missing the suspended Salem al-Dawsari and the injured Salman Al Faraj, dominated the first 45 minutes of the second leg, with Urawa’s Alexander Scholz forced to thwart Odion Ighalo’s early effort.

Goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa was asked to make saves to deny Brazilian wingers Michael and Carrillo in a nervous opening for the hosts.

But it was Urawa who broke the deadlock nearest when Koroki’s volley hit the crossbar as the striker went up in the box to catch Hiroki Sakai’s pass from the right.

Three minutes into the second half, the majority of the 53,574 fans stood up. Norwegian defender Marius Hoibraten takes the free kick straight into goal, goalkeeper Al Hilal Abdullah Al-Mayouf misses the ball as it spins downwind, and it bounces off Carrillo and into the net.

Urawa continued to create counter-attacking opportunities as Al Hilal stepped forward to attack. Tomoaki Okubo shot the goal of goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf and Atsuki Ito was also close in.

Al Hilal, aiming to win a record fifth Asian Championship, was denied the opportunity to send the game into extra time in the 90th minute when Nishikawa reacted to thwart Igahlo’s attempt to score as Urawa continue.

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