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Pohang lost 0-2 to Al Hilal in the ACL final… No win in 12 years

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Conceive the first goal in 20 seconds of kickoff… An additional goal in the second half by Marega from Porto

Al Hilal wins the most 4 times in the ACL… Jang Hyun-soo’s 2nd personal win

Shin Jin-ho fights for the ball with Maregawa

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Ahn Hong-seok = Professional soccer Pohang Steelers failed to retake the Asian summit for the first time in 12 years.

Pohang defeated Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the 24th in the 2021 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) final 0-2.

Pohang, who won this competition in 2009, reached the final in 12 years after a difficult season, with several key players injured and many foreign players not playing their part. was not finally achieved.

Nasser Al-Dausari scores the opening goal
Nasser Al-Dausari scores the opening goal

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Pohang manager Kim Ki-dong, who lifted the trophy as a player 12 years ago, postponed his first win as a manager to the next opportunity.

Pohang missed the FIFA Club World Cup qualification and $4 million prize money (about 4.76 billion won). However, the runner-up alone secured $2.5 million (2.97 billion won) in prize money.

After the 1991 season, 1999-2000 season, and the 2019 season, Al-Hilal rose to the top for the fourth time in their career, becoming the team with the most championships.

Jang Hyun-soo, who has been playing for Al-Hilal since 2019 as a center back from Korea, experienced the ACL championship for the second time in his career following the tournament that year.

Kang Sang-woo chasing Ferreira
Kang Sang-woo chasing Ferreira

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Pohang conceded a goal in the first minute of the first half before they could even match their lines.

Within 20 seconds of the kick-off, Saudi national player Nasser al-Dausari fired a surprise mid-range shot from about 30 meters and put it in the upper left corner of Pohang.

Al-Hilal, who raised the momentum, drove the Pohang camp with luxurious attacking teams such as Bape Timbi Gomis, who was a French national and experienced English Premier League (EPL), and Matteus Ferreira, who scored 11 EPL goals in West Bromwich Albion last season.

Pohang had two chances in the first half.

Director Kim Ki-dong
Director Kim Ki-dong

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In the 12th minute of the first half, Shin Jin-ho’s volley shot from the front of the penalty area hit the crossbar. Im Sang-hyeop’s left-footed shot from the left side of the post was blocked by goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Muiouf’s leg.

In the 46th minute of the first half, Kwon Wan-gyu finished a free-kick cross from the right by Shin Jin-ho with a header in front of the goalkeeper.

At the start of the second half, coach Kim replaced Kvesic and Lee Soo-bin and replaced Jeon Min-kwang and Ko Young-jun.

However, the appearance did not change significantly.

In the 10th minute of the second half, Al-Hilal created more close-to-goal situations, including a direct shot from a direct free-kick from the right side of the penalty spot by Feheira just slightly misses the post.

Moussa Marega scores an extra goal
Moussa Marega scores an extra goal

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In the end, Pohang allowed an additional goal in the 18th minute of the second half.

Musa Marega, who played for Portugal’s prestigious Porto, received a penetration pass from Gomis, overcame Jeon Min-kwang, and opened the goal with a shot from the right side of the goal area, making the home fans who filled the 60,000 spectators enthusiastic.

It was a pity that Pohang had no choice but to go on an away road with goalkeeper Kang Hyun-moo and midfielder Seung-mo Lee, who are key players in Korea.

Kang Hyun-moo was injured, and Lee Seung-mo was excluded from the expedition team because he could not leave the country due to insufficient service hours related to military service.

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