AFC Champions League 2017: Urawa Red Diamonds script magnificent comeback to reach the last four

Urawa Reds vs Kawasaki Frontale
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The final semifinalist of the tournament has now been decided as Kawasaki Frontale suffer a heartbreaking defeat against Urawa Red Diamonds..

Wednesday saw the last semifinalist of the 2017 AFC Champions League decided after Urawa Red Diamonds completed a sensational turnaround to join the likes of Shanghai SIPG, Al Hilal and Persepolis in the last four. Let's see what happened in the game: 

URAWA RED DIAMONDS 4-1 KAWASAKI FRONTALE (5-4 on aggregate) [Koroki 35' Ljubijankic 70' Silva 84' Takagi 85' - Elsinho 19'] 

Urawa Reds vs Kawasaki Frontale

Urawa Red Diamonds overcame a 3-1 loss in the first leg against fellow Japanese side Kawasaki Frontale by scripting a memorable 4-1 victory in the second leg at home on Wednesday to progress to the semifinals of the AFC Champions League

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However, it was the away side who took the lead early on in the game through Elsinho who latched on to Kengo Nakamura's chpped pass and poked home past the goalkeeper. The goal sent Kawasaki 4-1 up on aggregate and it seemed the tie was all but over. But Shinzo Koroki pulled one back for Urawa in the 35th minute with a neat finish. To make matters worse, Kawasaki's Shintaro Kurumaya was sent off three minutes later for a high boot on Koroki. 

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But the away side held on till the 70th minute without further losses but it all unravelled from thereon. Zlatan Ljubijankic scored a towering header from Yosuke Kashiwagi's corner before Rafael Silva levelled the aggregate scores with a rifled shot in the 84th minute. 

A rattled Kawasaki Frontale were dealt the killer blow barely a minute later when Toshiyuki Takagi converted a Ryota Moriwaki cross exquisitely to send the home crowd into raptures. Urawa Red Diamonds will now take on Shanghai SIPG in the semifinal.