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Late win puts Urawa Reds in ACL quarters

Late win puts Urawa Reds in ACL quarters

The AFC Champions League Round of 16 concluded on Wednesday night with Urawa Reds advancing to the quarter-finals after a dramatic 3-0 extra time win over Jeju United.

The J.League representatives, who came into the match trailing 0-2 after last week’s first leg, started strongly with a pair of first-half goals by Shinzo Koroki and Tadanari Lee to make it 2-2 on aggregate.

A tense second half saw the Reds unable to find a key third goal, despite Jeju falling to 10 men after defender Cho Yong-hyung was shown a second yellow card.

With the aggregate score at 2-2 after 180 minutes, the match moved into extra time, and it was in the 114th minute that Ryota Moriwaki headed in Toshiyuki Takagi’s cross for the decisive goal which sent Urawa Reds to their first Champions League quarter-final since the 2008 edition.

They, along with Kawasaki Frontale, will be joined by Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG in the East Region. 

UAE’s Al Ain, Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli and Al Hilal, and Iran’s Persepolis also qualified in the West Region.

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