FC Seoul tame Shandong to make ACL semis

FC Seoul withstood waves of pressure from a spirited Shandong Luneng side in their AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg, but secured their progress with a late equaliser.

  • Shandong Luneng 1 FC Seoul 1
  • Chinese enjoy 52% possession in goalless first half
  • Argentine Montillo grabs crucial goal in 58th minute with deft header
  • Substitute Yun Ju-tae grabs 84th-minute equaliser for Seoul to kill the tie

Match summary

Shandong fail to score in first half despite having six shots as both teams create chances.

Walter Montillo puts Shandong back in the tie with 58th-minute header from Hao Junmin’s whipped cross.

The Chinese continue to push for the equaliser, but FC Seoul grab a late goal through sub Yun Ju-tae to level the match.

Full report

Shandong started the match brightly, putting pressure on Seoul and getting to the ball first following the breakdown.

Italian hitman Graziano Pelle saw plenty of the ball and had several chances, including one that saw him get on the end of a cross before heading tamely at the Seoul keeper.

As halftime approached, it was end-to-end action as Shandong searched for the goal that would put them back in the tie and Seoul broke in response, although neither side managed to break the deadlock.

Shandong started the second half as they did the first, pressing high up the pitch and trying to find Graziano Pelle at every opportunity. The Italian striker, however, cut a lonely figure as Shandong failed to provide him with sufficient support.

Pelle almost scored four minutes after the break but headed narrowly wide from a high cross from the right.

Kwak Tae-hwi struck a fierce 30-meter free-kick at goal on 57 minutes, but it was pushed aside by keeper Zhao Mingjian.

Shandong then made the breakthrough their enterprise deserved, on 58 minutes, Hao Junmin whipped in a cross for Walter Montillo to crouch down and flick a header past Takahagi.

Hao Junmin almost grabbed the equaliser with 18 minutes remaining, turning on the edge of the box and curling a shot just over the bar.

Felix Magath’s side continued to push forward, looking for the goal that would put them ahead on aggregate.

FC Seoul then silenced then home crowd in the 84th minute, when Ju Tae pounced on lay off from Damjanovic to stab past the Zhao Mingjian to put the tie beyond the Chinese side.