Pohang Steelers has set a date with Saudi Arabia Al Hilal in the AFC Champions League final, after winning 5-4 on penalties over fellow South Korean champion Ulsan Hyundai in Wednesday’s semifinals.
The two teams drew 1-1 in regulation and extra time at the Jeonju World Cup stadium, before penalties smiled at Pohang.
Yun Il-lok had brought Ulsan in advantage in the 52nd minute before Alex Grant equalized for Pohang in the 90th minute.
Ulsan completed the match with ten men after captain Won Do-gye was sent off in the 68th minute after a violent confrontation with an opponent.
Al-Hilal qualified for the final for the second time in three years, after winning 2-1 out of ten players from his local rival, Al-Nassr.
Al Hilal will meet Pohang in final on November 23 in Riyadh.
Pohang owes his access to the final for the first time since 2009 to the deadly equalizer scored by Australian defender Grant, as well as the Dutchman Dave Boltos’ missed penalty for Ulsan.
Grant scored a header to nullify Ulsan’s first goal through player Yoon Il-Lok.
Pohang has already won the AFC Champions League in 1997, 1998 and 2009.
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