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Pohang, Jeonbuk advance to ACL quarterfinals

Pohang Steelers and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors both won yesterday to give South Korea three teams in the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League.

Pohang, going for a record fourth continental championship, advanced with a 1-0 win at Japanese club Cerezo Osaka. Lee Seung-mo scored the only goal in the 25th minute. “Both teams played well and both teams had chances,” Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong said. “We came under pressure early in the game but we recovered and we are delighted with the win.” Two-time champion Jeonbuk defeated Thai club BG Pathum United 4-2 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw. Brazilian striker Gustavo headed Jeonbuk into the lead at the end of the first half but Teerasil Dangda equalized in the 76th. South Korean club Ulsan Hyundai has also earned a spot in the quarterfinals. Japan’s Nagoya Grampus completes the line-up for the eastern half of the competition while in the west Saudi Arabian duo al-Hilal and al-Nassr have advanced alongside Iran’s Persepolis and al-Wahda from the United Arab Emirates. The draw for the quarterfinals, to be played on October 16 and 17, will be made tomorrow.


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