Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia), who is trying to defend the top of Asian professional football, advanced to the quarterfinals with the winning goal by Jang Hyeon-soo (32), a former Korean national team defender.
Al-Hilal defeated Shabab Al-Hli Dubai of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 3-1 in the round of 16 of the 2022 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League held at the Al-Janub Stadium in Al-Wakrah, Qatar on the morning of the 21st (Korean time).
Central defender Jang Hyeon-soo played full-time and scored the winning goal with a header in the 28th minute of the second half when Al-Hilal was leading 1-0, leading the team to victory.
With this victory, Al-Hilal, the defending champion of the tournament, will be able to continue his second consecutive challenge by advancing to the quarterfinals.
Al-Hilal won the championship by defeating Pohang Steelers of Korea 2-0 in the final of the 2021 season competition.
Al-Hilal lost 3-5 to Real Madrid (Spain) in the final of the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup, which competed as the AFC Champions League (ACL) winning team on the 12th, and took second place.
This match was Al-Hilal’s first official match since then.
Al-Hilal took the lead in the 17th minute when Nigerian national striker Odion Ighalo shook the net with a left-footed mid-range shot from the opposing penalty arc. 스포츠토토
Afterwards, Al-Hilal, who kept the lead in a fierce battle, took a step further with Jang Hyun-soo’s additional goal in the 28th minute of the second half.
When Luciano Vieto crossed from the opponent’s midfield free kick opportunity, Jang Hyun-soo, who joined the attack, rushed to the right of the goal and headed the ball into the goalkeeper’s hand.
However, the ball did not go far, and Jang Hyun-soo received it again with his head.
In the 34th minute of the second half, Al-Hilal tipped the game further with Vieto’s key goal.
In the 41st minute of the second half, Shabab Al-Ahli’s Omar Karvin scored a goal, but the match ended with Al-Hilal’s two-goal victory, and Jang Hyun-soo’s header was the final score.
As a result, in the West Asian region of this tournament, Al-Hilal and Al-Shabaab of Saudi Arabia. Qatar’s Alduhail and Iran’s Foulard joined the quarterfinals.
In the East Asian region, the semi-finals have already been played, and Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan) have advanced to the finals and are waiting for an opponent to rise to the West Asian region.