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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 – News – Ulsan edge Persepolis to claim Asian crown

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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 - News - Ulsan edge Persepolis to claim Asian crown
  • Ulsan come from behind to prevail over Persepolis 2-1
  • Ok-League facet win the Asian Champions League for second time of their historical past
  • Ulsan to signify Asia at FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™

Korea Republic’s Ulsan Hyundai received the 2020 AFC Champions League on Saturday, overcoming an early setback to defeat Iranian facet Persepolis 2-1. Brazilian Junior Negrao scored each of his staff’s objectives, serving to Ulsan to safe the Asian title for the second time of their historical past, after they beforehand emerged victorious in 2012.

With this victory, Ulsan made amends for among the home mishaps they’ve suffered over the previous couple of seasons, having completed as runners-up within the final two Korean title races and on this yr’s Korean Cup closing. Today’s continental achievement greater than makes up for it.

Consequently, Ulsan will signify Asia within the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™, which will likely be held in Qatar from 1 to 11 February 2021. The South Koreans may doubtlessly face off towards footballing giants resembling European champions Bayern Munich and Egypt’s Al Ahly.

AFC Champions League Final

Persepolis 1-2 Ulsan, Al Janoub Stadium, Qatar

Goals:

Mehdi Abdi (45’) for Persepolis

Junior Negrao (45’+4) (55’, pen) for Ulsan

The sport

The Iranians began the match strongly, and nearly opened the scoring when Milad Sarlak despatched in a cross that simply evaded Mehdi Abdi, depriving Persepolis of a beneficial alternative. Ulsan responded nicely, Yoon Bitgaram hanging the left-hand submit with a strong shot on the conclusion of an excellent assault.

Persepolis managed to open the scoring when Abdi drove ahead and fired dwelling from simply contained in the field (45’). Just earlier than half-time, Ulsan received a penalty: Negrao’s preliminary effort was saved, however the composed No9 stroked dwelling the rebound to stage the rating.

The South Korean facet started the second half as that they had ended the primary, incomes one other penalty after a handball within the space. This time, Negrao made no mistake on the first try (55’). The Iranians pushed exhausting to get again within the sport and squandered a number of viable alternatives, however Ulsan’s defence held agency, and the sport ended 2-1.

Under the highlight

Brazilian Junior Negrao was the undisputed hero of the sport, scoring twice to clinch the title for his staff. He proved a menace for the Iranian defenders all through the encounter, inflicting havoc along with his dribbling expertise and tempo. His brace takes his complete for the match to seven objectives, which makes him the joint prime scorer with Al Nassr’s Abderrazak Hamdallah.

Awards

Tournament prime scorer: Abdul Razzaq Hamdallah (Al Nassr), 7 objectives (performed fewer minutes than Negrao)

Fair Play Award: Ulsan (Korea Republic)

Player of the Tournament: Yoon Bitgaram (Ulsan)

Did you realize?

This is the second time Ulsan have been topped Asian Champions. Their first success got here in 2012, once they beat Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli 3-0 within the closing.

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