Seoul FC squeaks past Japan’s Urawa Reds 7-6

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Seoul FC squeaks past Japan’s Urawa Reds 7-6

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FC Seoul’s Go Yo-han celebrates his equalizer in the final minute of extra time during the ACL round of 16 game against Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds. [NEWSIS]

SYDNEY - Seoul FC advanced 7-6 on penalties over Japanese club Urawa Reds in the Korean capital. Regulation time finished with Seoul FC leading 1-0 after Urawa’s 1-0 win last week in Japan, sending it into extra time.

Brazilian striker Adriano gave Seoul the lead four minutes into extra time, but Tadanari Lee scored twice, four minutes apart, to give Urawa the advantage with five minutes remaining.

Go Yo-han scored for Seoul in the final minute of extra time to give the Koreans a 3-2 second-leg win, but again leaving the sides level on aggregate.

Kim Dong-woo clinched the match for the home side in the penalty shootout. Yoshiaki Komai missed his attempt for Urawa on the previous shot.

“I don’t want to have to go through that kind of game again,” Seoul coach Choi Yong-soo said. “It was very tough, but I had faith in the players and we had some luck.”

Later Wednesday, Qatar’s El Jaish and Al Ain of United Arab Emirates completed the quarterfinal lineup.

At Doha, El Jaish lost 4-2 to compatriots Lekhwiya but advanced 6-4 on aggregate after winning the first leg 4-0.

Romarinho scored El Jaish’s second goal with 20 minutes to go and after Lekhwiya was reduced to 10 men after Chico Flores was sent off for his second bookable offense.

At Isfahan, Iran, inaugural winners Al Ain beat home side Zob Ahan 2-0 for a 3-1 aggregate win after the teams drew 1-1 in the first leg. Lee Myung-joo and Danilo Asprilla scored a goal in each half to take the 2003 champions into the quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons.

On Tuesday, Jeonbuk Motors of Korea, Shanghai SIPG of China, Al Nasr of United Arab Emirates and Lokomotiv Tashkent of Uzbekistan also qualified for the final eight.

The quarterfinals, featuring two groups to be drawn from east Asia and two from the west, begin on Aug. 23-24 with the second legs set for Sept. 13 or 14.

AP

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