Urawa win thriller against Jeju in extra-time

The Urawa Reds overturned a 2-0 deficit to defeat Jeju United 3-2 on aggregate and reach the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.

The Reds kept their home record intact with a stunning 3-0 win against Jeju United at Saitama Stadium, with Ryota Moriwaki scoring the all-important third goal in the second half of extra-time.

Shinzo Koroki would open the scoring for the Reds in the 18th minute, thanks to a perfect set piece. Teammate Yosuke Kashiwagi would provide a superb cross, which Koroki leapt up and met with an accurate header, finding the back of the net.

The Japanese hosts then tied up the Round of 16 tie at 2-2 on aggregate with a second goal 15 minutes later.

Tadanari Lee found himself in the right place at the right time as a deflected ball landed at his feet, after which he drove the ball home from an acute angle and sent the home crowd into raptures.

The second half produced few chances as defence became the order of the day, with both teams relying on counter-attacks. The drama increased as Jeju were reduced to ten men after Cho Yong-Hyung was handed a second yellow in the 81st minute. But Jeju were able to hang on and force extra-time.

Urawa nearly grabbed what could have been a winner but Jeju stopper Kim Ho-Jun pulled off an excellent save to his right.

Finally, in the dying embers of extra-time, Urawa would have their time in the sun. Forward Toshiyuki Takagi would surge down the left hand side and launch a dangerous ball in, which Moriwaki stabbed into the bottom right corner in the 114th minute to all but seal Urawa’s place in the last eight.