Ulsan Hyundai lift AFC Champions League trophy with come from behind win over Persepolis
Doha: Korea Republic’s Ulsan Hyundai were crowned 2020 AFC Champions League winners, lifting the trophy for the second time in their history after a brace from Junior Negrao secured a 2-1 win over Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis in the final at Al Janoub Stadium on Saturday.
Champions in 2012, Ulsan Hyundai came into the final with the momentum of an impressive run of eight consecutive wins.
Meanwhile, 2018 runners-up Persepolis boasted a mean defence that had conceded just two goals since the competition’s resumption in October, with both being penalties.
AFC Champions League Toyota Player of the Week: Bashar Resan
Doha: Bashar Resan has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League Toyota Player of the Week after the Persepolis midfielder shone for the Tehran giants despite their 2-1 AFC Champions League final defeat to Ulsan Hyundai.
The ever-dependable Iraq international, who registered an impressive 92 percent passing accuracy from his 59 passes, had two shots on goal and created one chance, gained 43 percent of the fans' votes while he was rated number five by Stats Perform – the AFC's official data provider – with a score of 6.2.
Doha: The 2020 AFC Champions League final brought a challenging year to a close with Ulsan Hyundai FC defeating Persepolis FC 2-1 in an absorbing final at the magnificent Al Janoub Stadium on Saturday.
Junior Negrao's brace from the penalty spot secured the Korea Republic side their second AFC Champions League title, having first laying their hands on the trophy in 2012. For Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis, it was heartbreak in the final yet again after having been denied by Japan's Kashima Antlers two years ago.
We take a look at what the head coaches and players had to say.
AFC Champions League winner Kim pays tribute to players, staff and parents in emotional Ulsan Hyundai farewell
Doha: Ulsan Hyundai FC head coach Kim Do-hoon chose to bow out at the top, bidding farewell to his club immediately after leading them to the 2020 AFC Champions League title on Saturday.
Over 8,000 socially distanced fans watched from the stands at Al Janoub Stadium as the Horangi came from behind to defeat Persepolis FC 2-1 in a thrilling final thanks to a brace from Brazilian striker Junior Negrao either side of the half-time break.
Persepolis' Golmohammadi rues lack of concentration in AFC Champions League final defeat to Ulsan Hyundai
Doha: Persepolis FC head coach Yahya Golmohammadi lamented his side’s lack of concentration after they gave up the lead to fall to a 2-1 defeat to Ulsan Hyundai FC in the 2020 AFC Champions League final on Saturday.
Striker Mehdi Abdi Qara capitalised on a mistake from Ulsan Hyundai defender Park Joo-ho to snatch the ball and put Persepolis in front in the 45th minute, but Golmohammadi’s men were caught napping a minute later as Ahmad Noorollahi conceded a penalty which saw Junior Negrao score the rebound after goalkeeper Hamed Lak saved his initial effort from the spot.
Ten minutes into the second half, Persepolis conceded a second penalty with right-back Mehdi Shiri handling a cross from the right to stop it reaching Negrao who was composed from the spot to grab Ulsan Hyundai’s winner.
Ulsan Hyundai's Yoon Bit-garam named 2020 AFC Champions League MVP
Doha: Yoon Bit-garam's phenomenal form in the 2020 AFC Champions League saw the Ulsan Hyundai FC midfielder win the Most Valuable Player award following the conclusion of the final at the Al Janoub Stadium on Saturday.
Yoon played a pivotal role in Ulsan Hyundai winning the trophy for a second time as he contributed four goals and marshalled the engine room superbly as the Korea Republic side lifted the AFC Champions League trophy with a 2-1 win over Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis FC in the final.
Al Nassr’s Abderrazak Hamdallah wins 2020 AFC Champions League Top Scorer award
Doha: Al Nassr striker Abderrazak Hamdallah was crowned the 2020 AFC Champions League’s top goal scorer on Saturday, finishing with a tournament-best seven.
The Moroccan star finished level on goals and assists with victorious Ulsan Hyundai FC front man Júnior Negrão but won the award by virtue of having played fewer total minutes throughout the competition.
Hamdallah’s win makes him the first Al Nassr player, as well as the first from Morocco to win the prestigious honour, with his seven goals coming at a rate of one per match in an exceptional individual campaign.