The Urawa Reds, representing Japan’s J-League, have reached the top of the Asian Champions League (ACL) for the third time in their career.
Urawa defeated Al-Hilal 1-0 in the second leg of the 2022 ACL Finals held at Saitama Stadium in Japan on the 6th. Urawa, who drew 1-1 in the first leg of the away match on the 30th of last month, won the 3rd championship trophy with a 2-1 combined score. Urawa faced Al-Hilal three times in the ACL finals alone, but in the first match in 2017, Urawa laughed, and in 2019, they lost the first and second games 0-3 and gave up the championship.
Urawa, who stood at the top of Asia for the first time in six years, became the joint most winning team in East Asia along with K-League 1 Pohang Steelers. Looking at the whole of Asia, Al-Hilal holds the record for the most times in total with 4 times, and Pohang and Urawa are tied for second place.
Like the first game, where they had 28% of the ball and only 2 shots on target, Urawa was greatly pushed back in the match today. The possession rate was only 29% and no effective shots were made.
What saved Urawa was an own goal from Al-Hilal midfielder Andre Carrillo. In the 3rd minute of the second half, in a free kick situation, Marius Höbroten headed a long pass from the back into the gate. The ball went over the head of center back Jang Hyun-soo, a former Korean national team player who has been active as a key resource for Al-Hilal for five years, and even passed the hand of goalkeeper Abdullah Mayup, who failed to properly capture the landing point. Then, Carrillo, who hurriedly jumped in to kick the ball, was hit by the foot and sucked into the goal.
Odion Ighalo from Manchester United (England) boasted a luxurious lineup as the front striker, and Al-Hilal, who took the lead throughout the game, scored in the first leg but was unable to play in the second due to a red card. The gap was painful.바카라사이트
Urawa defender Hiroki Sakai, who played for Olympique de Marseille (France), was selected as the MVP of the tournament. According to AFP, Sakai said, “This is the moment I’ve been dreaming of before. I can’t believe it,” he said.