Korea’s Mo­tors roar into Asian final

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SEOUL: Jeon­buk Hyundai Mo­tors stormed into the AFC Cham­pi­ons League final with a 5-3 ag­gre­gate vic­tory over FC Seoul de­spite los­ing the all-Korean semi-final’s sec­ond leg 2-1 yes­ter­day. Af­ter Jeon­buk had dom­i­nated the first leg 4-1, Brazil­ian marks­man Adri­ano gave the home side hope when he slot­ted a record-equalling 13th goal of the tour­na­ment in the first half.

But Jeon­buk’s Ri­cardo Lopes doused any hopes of a come­back by equal­is­ing on 59 min­utes, be­fore Seoul’s Ko Kwang-Min grabbed a con­so­la­tion goal for Seoul in in­jury time. Jeon­buk, the 2006 cham­pi­ons, now go into a block­buster two-legged final next month against fel­low for­mer win­ners Al Ain and their feted play­maker Omar Ab­dul­rah­man. The K-League lead­ers also reach their third Asian final de­spite a do­mes­tic scan­dal. They were de­ducted nine points and fined af­ter one of their scouts was con­victed of brib­ing ref­er­ees.

“We fought hard and were look­ing good in the first half,” said FC Seoul’s coach Hwang Sun-Hong. “The sec­ond goal was im­por­tant and we were push­ing for that.

“So I am sorry for the fans who came out to sup­port us in good numbers. We had a good cam­paign and the play­ers did their best... we have learned from this ex­pe­ri­ence and we will come back stronger.”

FC Seoul’s Adri­ano was in the thick of it dur­ing an elec­tric first half in front of a noisy crowd as the hosts pressed for the goals they needed to over­turn their first-leg deficit.

The Brazil­ian shot just wide on 16 min­utes and headed off-tar­get eight min­utes later. Else­where, Jeon­buk mid­fielder Kim Bo-Kyung was blood­ied by a flail­ing el­bow be­fore play­ing on with a ban­daged head. — AFP

SEOUL: Go Yo-han, right, of South Korea’s FC Seoul fights for the ball against Jang Yun-ho of South Korea’s Jeon­buk Hyundai Mo­tors dur­ing the sec­ond leg of AFC Cham­pi­ons League semi­fi­nal soc­cer match at Seoul World Cup Sta­dium in Seoul, yes­ter­day. — AP

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