Goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa was the hero as Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds beat cussed Jeonbuk Motors of South Korea 3-1 on penalties to succeed in the ultimate of the Asian Champions League on Thursday.
Nishikawa was mobbed by his team-mates after saving twice within the shootout in entrance of Urawa’s followers in Saitama, a nervy semi-final having ended 2-2 after 120 minutes when the house aspect grabbed a late leveller.
The last takes place in February in opposition to a workforce from the AFC’s western zone, with reigning champions Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia among the many contenders.
Urawa, who gained the Champions League in 2007 and 2017, had been prolific coming into the match, plundering 20 targets of their previous 4 matches in Asia’s prime membership competitors.
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