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Urawa Reds reach Asian Champions League final after shootout

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AP) – Urawa Reds of Japan moved into the final of the Asian Champions League with a 3-1 penalty shootout victory over South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors on Thursday.

The semifinal match went to the shootout after finishing 2-2 at Saitama Stadium.

Urawa’s Ataru Esaka scored the winning penalty after Kim Bo-kyung, Lee Seung-ki and Kim Jin-su missed for Jeonbuk.

Urawa’s Yusuke Matsuo opened the scoring after 11 minutes and Jeonbuk drew even early in the second half when Paik Seung-ho scored from the penalty spot after Ayumu Ohata brought down Song Min-kyu in the area.

Urawa then had most of the chances but could not find a way past Lee Bum-soo in goal as Kasper Junker hit the post in the final seconds of regular time.

Jeonbuk looked to have booked a fourth final appearance in extra time when Han Kyo-won scored in the 116th minute, but the celebration was cut short when Junker scored from close range with almost the final kick.

Urawa Reds’ Danish forward Kasper Junker shoots the ball during the match against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC in Saitama. PHOTO: AFP
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