K League One champions Ulsan Hyundai have booked their place in the round of 16 of the Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL) in dramatic fashion.월카지노
Ulsan drew 2-2 at home with Kawasaki Frontale (Japan) in the sixth and final home match of Group I of the ACL 2023-2024 season at the Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan on Wednesday. With 10 points from three wins, one draw and two losses, Ulsan finished second in Group I behind 16-point Kawasaki.
The ACL group stage consisted of five groups from West Asia and five groups from East Asia. The top three teams from each of the five groups in West Asia and East Asia will advance to the round of 16. Ulsan qualified for the round of 16 by finishing better than Group H runners-up Melbourne City (9 points) and Group J runners-up Urawa Reds (7 points), who had already completed their group stage.
The drama was dramatic.
Kawasaki did not field a full-strength squad as they played the Japan Cup final three days earlier. Despite this, Ulsan conceded a goal in the 17th minute to Daiya Tono before adding another in the 31st minute through Tatsuki Seko.
Ulsan started to pull away in the 44th minute when Uhm Won-sang’s cross bounced off the Kawasaki defence and Martin Adam headed home. Eight minutes into the second half, Martin Adam converted a penalty kick awarded through VAR to level the score at 2-2.
In the final match of Group H, Zhejiang FC also came to Ulsan’s aid.
If Melbourne City defeats Jeju FC in the sixth match, they will finish with three wins, two draws and 11 points. Melbourne City led 1-0 until the 45th minute. However, a dramatic equaliser in the eighth minute of stoppage time sent Ulsan through to the round of 16.
With Pohang Steelers and Ulsan through to the round of 16, Jeonbuk Hyundai and Incheon United are also in the running. Jeonbuk is second in Group F with nine points, while Incheon is second in Group G with nine points. Jeonbuk will play at home against Bangkok United on the 13th, while Incheon will play away to Kaya.