Kim the hero in Suwon Samsung Bluewings comeback
Suwon: A brace from Kim Gun-hee helped secure a 3-0 win for Suwon Samsung Bluewings over Ulsan Hyundai in the second leg of their 2018 AFC Champions League Round of 16 clash, a victory that catapulted the two-time Asian club champions into the quarter-finals with a 3-1 on aggregate.
Trailing 1-0 after the first leg in Ulsan, Suwon knew they needed to score at least twice to advance and Seo Jung-won put out a very attacking line-up in the hopes of doing just that.
Kim broke the deadlock midway through the first half when he got on the end of a pinpoint free kick from Lee Ki-je to head his side into the lead in the 26th minute, and the 23-year-old then set the Suwon World Cup Stadium alight with his second of the game just five minutes later after being set up by Waguininho.
While the two-goal lead put the home side ahead 2-1 on aggregate, they knew a goal to Ulsan would change the whole dynamic of the game and they gifted the visitors the perfect opportunity to do just that when Kwak Kwang-seon fouled Richard Windbichler in the box just before the hour mark.
Mislav Orsic, who had scored four times in seven games this campaign, was tasked with taking the spot kick, but he couldn’t find a way past goalkeeper Shin Hwa-yong, who produced a sensational save to his left to keep his side ahead on aggregate.
With the tie still in the balance heading into injury time, Brazilian winger Waguininho pounced on an error from Lee Myung-jae to score Suwon’s third of the night and seal their spot in the quarter-finals alongside fellow K League side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Tianjin Quanjian and either Shanghai SIPG or Kashima Antlers.