K-League side Sunwon Bluewings suffered an ignominious AFC Champions League defeat against Kashiwa Reysol, after missing three out of four second-half penalties in an eight-goal thriller.
The visiting Japanese outfit triumphed 6-2 on the night after leading just 1-0 at half-time, with Dzenan Radoncic and Jong Tae-Se both missing spot-kicks as the home side endured a humiliating defeat.
“The ball is round. Everything can happen in this ball game and this is what we have learned from this big loss to Kashiwa,” said Suwon coach Seo Jung-Won after the extraordinary match came to a close.
“Football is such a fluid thing where if you fail to score you will allow opponent to get on the next wave of attack. We had enough chances to recover the balance, but we failed to regain the power.”
“It was a hard game for both teams,” added Kashiwa coach Nelsinho Baptista.
“There were several challenging moments from the home side, but we were able to endure them and we scored when we needed to."
The result allowed the Japanese side to pull five points clear at the top of their AFC Champions League group, while Sunwon are still searching for their first victory in the competition this season. Given their accuracy from 12 yards, Extra Time feels they may be waiting a little longer ...