Ulsan book place in Champions League group stage

Ulsan Hyundai booked their place in the group stage of the AFC Champions League after defeating Kitchee SC 4-3 on penalties after their play-off round match at the Munsu Cup Stadium in Ulsan on Tuesday had ended 1-1.

Ulsan Hyundai 1 (4) Kitchee SC 1 (3)
Sung-Hwan Kim scores in first-half stoppage time
Bong-Jin Kim equalises after the restart
Ki-Je Lee misses his penalty
Akande Alex and Fernando both miss from the spot

Match summary

Sung-Hwan Kim broke the deadlock with his goal in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half before a 47th-minute equaliser from Bong-Jin Kim.

With neither side able to find a second goal, the match went to extra-time and penalties where Ulsan emerged as winners after Akande Alex and Fernando both missed from the spot, with only Ki-Je Lee unsuccessful for Ulsan.

Full report

Ulsan Hyundai, who won this competition in 2012, started well, although it was Kitchee who had the first chance of this tie as Krisztian Vadocz fired wide from outside the box on 16 minutes.

Ivan Kovacec then had a similar effort blocked en route to goal five minutes later in a first-half categorised by a number of fouls and subsequent free-kicks.

Sung-Hwan Kim looked to set up Han Seung-gyu as Ulsan Hyundai tried to impose themselves, but he too was unsuccessful as he placed his effort wide of the target with 10 first-half minutes remaining.

Han Sang-Woon came even closer with a set-piece on 38 minutes but fired just wide of Kitchee's right-hand upright.

Ulsan though were to take a deserved lead at the end of the first half, in the first minute of stoppage-time, as Sung-Hwan Kim smashed a long-range effort into the top-right corner of the net.

Undeterred by conceding so late in the half, Kitchee responded almost immediately at the start of the second period when Kim Bong-Jin headed in an equaliser with 47 minutes on the clock.

Lam Ka Wai floated in a free-kick following a foul by Seung-Jun Kim, that the Kitchee defender powered into the bottom left corner of the Ulsan goal.

Sandro tried to thread a through ball to Lo Kwan-Lee as Kitchee looked to take a lead but the move was halted by the whistle for offsides.

Lo Kwan-Lee then fired just wide on 54 minutes with a good shot from outside the box after picking up a pass from Lam Ka Wai as Krisztian Vadocz fired over.

Kitchee remained on the attack but were unable to break down the resolute Ulsan defence, while Kim Chang-soo came close at the other end on 70 minutes.

Park Yong-Woo had two chances to win it for Ulsan in the dying minutes, but both times saw his attempts blocked.

As a Kim Chang-soo header failed to find its mark, Sandro came close for Kitchee with a well-hit effort that struck the left post; and Ivan Kovacec forced a good save from Kitchee stopper Wang Zhenpeng with 100 minutes played.

Lee Yeong-jae really should have done better with a header from inside the box from a Lee Ki-Jie delivery, but he failed to hit the target at the end of the first half of extra-time.

Ivan Kovacec came close to finding an opener minutes after the restart as Han Sang-Woo was another Ulsan player guilty of missing a decent chance to score as the match ultimately headed to a penalty shoot-out.

Ulsan were first up, and Ivan Kovacec converted before Alexander Oluwatayo Akande fired over for Kitchee.

Lee Ki-Jie then saw his spot-kick saved as Sandro leveled the score with his successful kick.

Lee Jong-Ho and Krisztian Vadocz both then converted, with Helio also finding the back of the net.

Kim In-sung fired home for Ulsan, and with Fernando seeing his kick saved by Yong-Dae Kim, Ulsan claimed a 4-3 penalty win over Kitchee.

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