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Pohang squeeze past Urawa in AFC Champions League

All News 21:33 March 02, 2016

POHANG, South Korea, March 2 (Yonhap) -- Pohang Steelers defeated Urawa Red Diamonds 1-0 at home for their first victory at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League on Wednesday.

Midfielder Son Jun-ho converted a penalty in the 20th minute before getting sent off in the second half at Pohang Steel Yard in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province. The K League Classic side moved to the top of Group H with four points after two matches at Asia's top club competition.

Pohang had a scoreless draw against the defending champion Guangzhou Evergrande of China last week. They will host Sydney FC of Australia next Wednesday for their third group match. Sydney beat Guangzhou 2-1 earlier Wednesday.

Son had Pohang's first opportunity in the 16th, just missing his target off his right foot. The midfielder got himself on the score sheet just four minutes later on a penalty, after Urawa defender Tomoaki Makino was called for handling the ball inside the box.

Son tried to double Pohang's lead in the 22nd but shot one over the bar. Daisuke Nasu tried to answer back for the visitors, but Pohang custodian Shin Hwa-yong denied the defender's shot in the 24th. On the other end, Shusaku Nishikawa matched his Pohang counterpart, denying Jung Won-jin's shot in the 32nd.

Near the end of the first half, Urawa forward Zlatan Ljubijankic broke free for a chance, but his shot went over the net.

Under two minutes into the second half, Jung rang one off the bar. For the visitors, Shinzo Koroki and Ljubijankic came up empty-handed in their attempts to level the score around the hour mark.

Son picked up his second yellow of the match in the 70th minute, but the 10-man Pohang fended off the late Urawa charge, led by Nasu and Makino.


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