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.