FC Seoul reaches Asian Champions League semifinals
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Goalkeeper Yu Shang-hun made three saves in the shootout Wednesday as FC Seoul defeated Pohang Steelers 3-0 on penalties to reach the Asian Champions League semifinals following another 0-0 draw.
The teams played 210 minutes without scoring — the first leg in Pohang and 120 minutes on Wednesday in Seoul.
In the shootout, Yu stopped the first three Pohang shooters, saving captain Hwang Ji-soo’s low shot to his right, punching out Kim Jae-sung’s attempt by diving to his left, and then diving again to his left on Park Hee-chul’s low strike.
Everton Santos scored on Pohang goalkeeper Shin Hwa-yong as FC Seoul’s first shooter and Osmar Barba also converted his chance. Shin stopped Kim Jin-kyu but Colombian midfielder Mauricio Molina, the fourth shooter for Seoul, converted his shot to clinch the victory before 14,000 fans.
Seoul will meet Australian club Western Sydney in the East semifinals next month after the Wanderers beat defending champion Guangzhou Evergrande in the other quarterfinal.
After Western Sydney won the opening match 1-0 in Sydney, Guangzhou edged the Wanderers 2-1 Wednesday, leaving the teams level 2-2 on aggregate but the Australian side advanced on away goals.
The Wanderers are the first A-League club to reach the Asian competition’s semifinals since Adelaide United in 2008.
Evergrande coach Marcello Lippi was suspended for one match for confronting a referee during the loss in Sydney. Lippi, who coached Italy to the World Cup title in 2006, was banned from the field and watched Wednesday’s match from the stands.
Australia striker Tom Juric, who scored Western Sydney’s goal Wednesday on a penalty in the 59th minute, was named man of the match.
Brazilian midfielder Elkeson’s goal two minutes into injury time made for an anxious final few minutes for the Wanderers after Italian striker Alessandro Diamanti had leveled the match five minutes after Juric’s goal.
The East semifinal legs are scheduled for Seoul on Sept. 17 and Sydney on Oct. 1.
Al Ain, winner of the inaugural Champions League tournament in 2003, will face Saudi club Al Hilal in the West semifinals. Al Hilal will host the first leg on Sept. 16, with the second leg set for Sept. 30 in the United Arab Emirates.