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(LEAD) Jeonbuk, Ulsan eliminated in round of 16 at AFC Champions League

All Headlines 22:40 June 26, 2019

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SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) -- And then there were none.

Both of the South Korean clubs in action at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Ulsan Hyundai, were eliminated from the competition in the first knockout stage Wednesday.

Jeonbuk lost to Shanghai SIPG 5-3 on penalties in the second leg of the round of 16 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, 240 kilometers south of Seoul. The two clubs were tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time, and remained deadlocked at 2-2 in the aggregate score.

Shanghai, shooting first in the penalties, had all five of their shooters convert their chances, while Jeonbuk's first kicker, Lee Dong-gook, had his attempt saved by Yan Junling.

The next three Jeonbuk players made good on their shots, but Oscar, the last Shanghai shooter, sealed Jeonbuk's fate with a successful kick.

Ulsan dropped to Urawa Red Diamonds 3-0 in their second leg at Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan, 400 kilometers southeast of Seoul, and lost 4-2 on aggregate.

Shinzo Koroki scored twice for the victorious side. This is the second time in three seasons that there will be no South Korean representation in the last eight of Asia's top club football tournament.

Jeonbuk were trying to win their third title at Asia's top club football competition and their first since 2016.

After playing Shanghai to a 1-1 draw in Shanghai last week, Jeonbuk had a valuable away goal in their bag and only needed a scoreless draw Wednesday to advance to the quarters.

Kim Shin-wook of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (L) and Wang Shenchao of Shanghai SIPG battle for the ball during the second leg of the round of 16 at the Asian Football Confederation Champions League at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, 240 kilometers south of Seoul, on June 26, 2019. (Yonhap)

Early on, Jeonbuk didn't sit back trying to settle for the draw. They struck first in the 27th minute as forward Kim Shin-wook volleyed home a Son Jun-ho cross as he was going down on the pitch.

Jeonbuk had a scare in the 40th minute, when defender Kim Jin-su's clearing attempt following a Shanghai corner kick nearly went into his own net. Fortunately for Jeonbuk, Kim only got a piece of the ball and goalkeeper Song Beom-keun made a diving save on it.

Moments earlier, Song actually stopped an opponent's shot, denying Hulk on a left-footed strike from outside the center of the box.

Jeonbuk had 10 shot attempts and four shots on target in the first half, compared to six attempts and one shot on target by Shanghai.

Shanghai, needing two goals in the second half to win on aggregate, started playing more like the desperate team that they were in the second half, with a trio of their Brazilian attackers, Elkeson, Oscar and Hulk, leading the way.

Jeonbuk caught another lucky break in the 72nd minute, when Hulk's shot went off the body of defender Hong Jeong-ho and rang off the right goal post.

Ricardo Lopes of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (R) is grabbed by Wei Zhen of Shanghai SIPG during the second leg of the round of 16 at the Asian Football Confederation Champions League at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, 240 kilometers south of Seoul, on June 26, 2019. (Yonhap)

Shanghai finally had a bounce go their way with their equalizer in the 80th minute. Oscar sent a cross into the box toward no one in particular, but Elkeson made a hustle play to save it from going out of bounds and headed it down for Hulk. The forward fired a left-footed shot that deflected in off Hong's body.

That goal brought the aggregate score to a 2-2 deadlock, with both teams having scored one away goal apiece. The 30 minutes of extra time solved nothing, which set up the drama in the penalties.

The two sides traded chances in extra time. Seven minutes in, Son tried to connect with Kim again, but the forward's header missed the net to the right this time. In the 26th minute into the extra period, Kim set up Son for a volley, and Yan Junling came up with his best save of the match from point-blank range.

During injury time, Hulk stared down Song in a one-on-one fast break, and his floating shot clanged off the crossbar.

In the shootout, Hulk got his moment by getting one past Song as the team's first kicker. For Jeonbuk, Lee Dong-gook, who'd come off the bench late in extra time, couldn't match Hulk, as Yan made a diving save to his right.

Song couldn't come up with any saves as Jeonbuk bowed out in the first knockout round.

Park Yong-woo of Ulsan Hyundai (R) is tackled by Takuya Iwanami of Urawa Red Diamonds during the second leg of the round of 16 at the Asian Football Confederation Champions League at Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan, 400 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on June 26, 2019. (Yonhap)

Ulsan won the first leg 2-1 in Saitama, Japan, and brought two away goals into the second leg. They could afford to lose 1-0 and still reach the quarterfinals.

Urawa, needing to win by at least two goals to advance, opened the scoring in the 41st thanks to Shinzo Koroki's header off a Tomoya Ugajin feed.

Koroki picked up his second goal in the 80th minute and put Urawa in position to advance.

Ulsan needed just one goal to force extra time on 3-3 aggregate, but midfielder Ewerton had other ideas, giving Urawa a 3-0 lead in the 87th minute by converting a headed pass from Kenyu Sugimoto.

It was eerily similar to the way Ulsan crashed out of the round of 16 at last year's tournament. In 2018, Ulsan defeated South Korean rivals Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1-0 in the first leg, only to lose the second leg 3-0 and fall 3-1 on aggregate.

Ulsan Hyundai players (in blue) react to a goal by Ewerton (L) of Urawa Red Diamonds during the second leg of the round of 16 at the Asian Football Confederation Champions League at Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan, 400 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on June 26, 2019. (Yonhap)

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