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AFC: Jeonbuk reach final with 5-3 aggregate win


10-20-2016 10:55 BJT

More Champions League, this time from the AFC, and an all-South Korean semi-final as FC Seoul hosted Jeonbuk Hyundai in the second leg of their showdown. Jeonbuk came in with a hefty 4-1 advantage on aggregate which left the hosts little chance of reaching the final. 

But you know the old saying, if you can't beat them, beat them. That's Jeonbuk's Kim Bo Kyung bleeding from his face after an elbow from Se Jong in the 17th minute. He now looks like a Halloween costume, but gets back in the game.

Seoul are going to open the scoring in the 38th minute when Kim Chi Woo picks out Adriano in front of the net.  And it would remain 1-0 Seoul at halftime.

The capital outfit needed two more goals in the second half - and they have a brilliant opportunity to make it 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Ju Se Jong on the breakaway and he leaves it for Park Chu-Young, but the former Arsenal midfielder takes way too long and sees his effort blocked.

Seoul would rue that miss even more when Jeonbuk score a crucial goal through Ricardo Lopes drilling a shot into the bottom corner to make it 1-1 on 59 minutes. Jeonbuk now have an almost unassilable 5-2 lead on aggregate.

Seoul manage a second goal right on 90 minutes when Ko Kwang Min scores from the edge of the area to make it 2-1 on the night - but it's too little, too late. Jeonbuk go on to win 5-3 on aggregate to reach the final of the AFC Champions League for first time since 2011. They'll meet Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates in the two-legged affair beginning November 19th.

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