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November 10, 2012 10:30 AM GMT
Munsu Cup Stadium — Ulsan
Referee:‬ B. Williams‎
Attendance:‬ 42153‎
 
13′ Tae-Hwi Kwak
 
67′ Rafinha
 
 

Ulsan Hyundai 3-0 Al-Ahli: Hosts cruise to Asian Champions League title

The Saudi visitors were overwhelmed in front of over 42,000 faithful home supporters at the Big Crown as the Horangi became the sixth Korean club to win the continental crown

By Dan Orlowitz

ACL - Ulsan Hyundai celebrate goal
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South Korea's Ulsan Hyundai became the third South Korean side to win the Asian Champions League (ACL) in four years after defeating Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli 3-0 on Saturday night at the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium.

The hosts got off to a solid start in front of the nearly sold-out crowd, quickly gaining control as the visitors struggled to find their form. Captain Kwak Tae-Hi drew first blood in the 13th minute when he calmly headed in a free-kick delivered by Kim Seung-Yong.

Al-Ahli continued to struggle, only making their presence known in the last minutes of the first period when they capitalised on an overconfident Ulsan defence and created several chances before the half-time whistle.

Ulsan came out strongly in the second half as well, doubling their lead in the 68th minute when Rafinha capitalised on a sumptuous pass by Kim Shin-Wook to all but end the game as a contest.

The visitors hoped to be the first Saudi Arabian club to lift the continental title since 2005, but were finally finished off when Kim Seung-Yong made it 3-0 in the 76th minute. Al-Ahli's best chance came in injury time, when Kim Young-Gwang was forced to make a routine diving save.

The newly-crowned Asian champions will become the first Korean club since 2010's Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma to compete in the Fifa Club World Cup when they face Monterrey in the quarter-finals on December 9 at the Toyota Stadium near Nagoya. The winner of that match will advance to play Chelsea in the semi-finals.


Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i

21
Young-Kwang Kim
Goalkeeper
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Yong Lee
Defender
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Min-Soo Kang
Defender
31′
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Tae-Hwi Kwak
Defender
13′
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Ho Lee
Midfielder
48′
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Seung-Yong Kim
Midfielder
13′ 76′
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Young-Sam Kim
Midfielder
68′
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J. Vélez
Midfielder
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Shin-Wook Kim
Striker
67′
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Keun-Ho Lee
Striker
76′
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Rafinha
Striker
67′ 79′ 89′
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Ahli Geddh

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22
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2
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16
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J. Palomino
Midfielder
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5
Moataz Al-Musa
Midfielder
66′ 72′
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8
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7
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Substitutes

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Seung-Gyu Kim
Goalkeeper
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Ju-Sang Lee
Defender
68′
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Chang-Hyeon Ko
Midfielder
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Seul-Ki Go
Midfielder
48′
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Maranhao
Striker
89′
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Substitutes

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1
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14
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28
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Diego Morales
Midfielder
86′
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24
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88
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16

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Asamoah Gyan Asamoah Gyan
Striker
Al Ain
7 0
Nilmar Nilmar
Striker
El Jaish
6 1
Nasser Al-Shamrani Nasser Al-Shamrani
Striker
Al Hilal
5 0
Vagner Love Vagner Love
Striker
Shandong
4 2
Kalu Uche Kalu Uche
Striker
Al-Rayyan SC
4 0