Japan’s J-League prestigious Urawa Reds defeated Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia and won the Asian Football Confederation 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, took a 2-1 lead in the two matches, rising to the top of Asia for the third time in history, following 2007 and 2017. In addition, along with the K-League 1 Pohang Steelers, they were named as the team that won the tournament the most times in East Asia.
Al-Hilal, who beat Pohang in the last 2021 competition and won the 4th championship in this competition, challenged for 2 consecutive losses and 5th summit, but failed to achieve his will.
Like the first game, where they had a ball possession rate of 28% and only two shots on target, Urawa was greatly pushed back in the game today.
The possession rate was only 29% and no effective shots were made. The total number of shots was also 6-10.
The reason why we were able to win despite not having a shot on target was an own goal from away midfielder Andre Carrillo.
In the 3rd minute of the second half, during a free kick, Urawa’s long pass came from behind, and Norwegian defender Marius Höbroten, who joined the attack, headed it in from the left side of the penalty area.
The ball went over the head of center back Jang Hyeon-soo, a former Korean national team player who has been active in Al-Hilal for five years, and even passed the hand of goalkeeper Abdullah Mayouf, who failed to properly catch the landing point.스포츠토토
At this time, Carrillo hurriedly tried to kick the ball over the crossbar, but the ball swayed strongly at the top of the goal and became an own goal.
Al-Hilal boasted a luxurious lineup, with Odion Ighalo, a striker from Manchester United, serving as the front striker, and took the lead throughout the game, but dropped his head after one mistake.
With this win, Urawa will participate as an Asian representative in the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup to be held in Saudi Arabia in December.