Ulsan cruises into Asian Champions League final

South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai strolled into the Asian Champions

League final with a 2-0 win against Uzbekistan visitor Bunyodkor in

the second leg of the semifinals on Wednesday to take the tie 5-1

on aggregate.

When Kim Shin-wook broke the deadlock at Ulsan World Cup

Stadium, shooting home from close range eight minutes into the

second half, Ulsan’s first ever appearance in the final was never

in doubt.

Lee Keun-ho added a second with 15 minutes remaining.

”I am satisfied with the result,” Ulsan coach Kim Ho-gon said.

”After winning the first leg, we wanted no surprises in the second

and we did what we set out to do.

”The players were not complacent and demonstrated their desire

to get to the final. It is not easy traveling around Asia and

playing in the K-League at the same time. I want to thank my

players for their efforts. Now it is time to think about the

final.”

Ulsan will host the final on Nov. 10 against either Al Ittihad

or Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia and has the chance to record Korea’s

10th Asian championship win

Bunyodkor, also searching to progress past the semifinals for

the first time, made much of the early running, testing the

goalkeeper frequently.

As the half progressed, Ulsan started to take control and went

close to opening the scoring, but not until it fell to Kim after 54

minutes.

After Rafinha’s initial shot was saved by Ignatiy Nesterov, Kim

shot home the rebound.

Ulsan sealed the win when Lee, from the edge of the area, curled

a half volley into the far corner of the net.

Bunyodkor coach Mirdjalal Kasimov had no complaints.

”We met a strong team,” he said. ”We had some chances early

in the game but didn’t take them. Ulsan had some good chances and

they scored. It was a good game for the fans and I hope that Ulsan

get a good result in the final.”