Monday Sep 25, 2023

‘Lucky Own Goal’ Urawa beats Al-Hilal… ACL 3rd Champion ‘2nd Most Wins’

 Urawa Red (Japan) defeated Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia) to rise to the top of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL). At the same time, he became the third champion in his career (2006, 2017, 2022) and tied for second place with the most wins ever.

Urawa won 1-0 in the home game in the second leg of the 2022 season ACL final against Al-Hilal held at Saitama Stadium 2002 in Saitama, Japan on the 6th. Previously, on the 30th of last month, in the away game in the first leg, they drew 1-1, and had the championship trophy ahead of the total score 2-1.

In particular, it was the third match against Al-Hilal in the ACL final, and Urawa became the champion again this season following the 2017 season. In the 2019 season, I tasted bitter frustration when I was completely defeated. In the previous opponents, 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses were balanced.

Urawa, who brought back the ACL championship trophy in six years, achieved its third championship in its career and tied for second place with the Pohang Steelers (Korea) for the most wins. The most winning is Al-Hilal. So far, he has been crowned champion four times.

Defender Hiroki Sakai (Urawa) was selected as the MVP of the tournament. He started and played in a total of 8 matches from the group stage to the tournament. In particular, he wore the captain’s armband in 4 games and held the center, and also contributed to the victory by recording 2 assists.

From the beginning of the day, Urawa focused on blocking Al-Hilal’s wave of attacks. Actual first half share was only 27%, and I hit 2 shots, but none of them were connected to effective shots. But fortunately, he endured well without conceding a run.바카라사이트

It was a lucky own goal that saved Urawa, who was struggling from a big push. In the 4th minute of the second half, in a free kick situation, Andre Carrillo (Al-Hilal) tried to kick a shot right in front of the goal, but it went straight into the goal. Afterwards, after focusing on defense for the remaining time, they began to solidify and secured the victory by keeping the lead by one goal.

With the qualification to win the ACL this season, Urawa will participate in the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup to be held in Saudi Arabia in December. In the 2007 semi-finals, they met AC Milan (Italy) and lost, but in the 3rd and 4th place matches, they won against Etoile Sportive du Sael (Tunisia). In 2017, they lost to Al Jazeera (United Arab Emirates) in the second round and finished fifth after defeating Widard AC (Morocco).


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