Ulsan beat Melbourne 3-0.
With this, Ulsan managed to advance to the quarter-finals in 8 years after winning the competition in 2012. Regrets for being absent from 16 rounds for the last two consecutive years were also erased.
Ulsan boasts tremendous offensive power, scoring two or more goals in the six consecutive matches of the second leg of the group stage to date. Guangzhou Hengda (China), winner in 2013, is the only team in tournament history to have the same record.
Ulsan, who was ranked first in Group F and finished in the last 16, featured an aggressive formation with Junio, a goalkeeper, as the top one, and put Lee Cheong-yong, Yun Bit Garam, and Kim In-seong in second row. From the start, he launched a wave of attacks against Melbourne, climbing to second in Group E.
However, even with Ulsan’s continued attack, the opener rarely came out. Melbourne goalkeeper Max Crocom was blocked by a devastating save and couldn’t save a chance.
Ulsan, who ended a scoreless first half 0-0, faced a crisis of concessions on the opponent’s counter-attack in the 13th minute of the second half, but goalkeeper Cho Soo-hyuk saved him.
Finally, the awaited winning goal came out in the second half. At the start of the second half, a goal was scattered at the end of substitute Beyon Johnson.
Yun Bitgaram’s mid-range shot hits the defender and Kim In-seong alternately, and connects to Beyon Johnson, who is inside the penalty area. Beyond Johnson didn’t miss this and threw it into the net with his left foot.
In the 32nd minute of the second half, Won Doo-jae who is also a substitute shakes the net. Won Doo-jae, who was substituted in the 27th minute of the second half, finished with a fine header from Yun Bitgaram’s free-kick cross just five minutes after coming on.
Ulsan who escaped 2-0 scored an additional goal by Beyon Johnson in the 41st minute of the second half. Beyond Johnson played 45 minutes in the second half and scored many goals, contributing to the first win.
Beijing Guoan (China), with national defender Kim Min-jae playing an active role, beat FC Tokyo (Japan) 1-0 in the 14th minute after Alan Carvalho’s winning goal to join the quarter-finals.
Suwon Samsung, who qualified for the group stage with Ulsan, will play in the last 16 with Yokohama F Marinos on the 8th at 11pm. The quarter-finals will be determined at the 8th local time after the round of 16 matches.