Saitama: Urawa Red Diamonds claimed the AFC Champions League™ 2022 title on Saturday as an own goal from Andre Carrillo earned the Japanese side a 1-0 victory over defending champions Al Hilal at Saitama Stadium 2002 to complete a 2-1 aggregate win over the club from Saudi Arabia.
Carrillo’s own goal came three minutes into the second half and ensured Urawa won the AFC Champions League title for a historic third time while denying Al Hilal the opportunity win a fifth Asian crown and to become the first club since Al Ittihad in 2005 to win back-to-back titles.
The victory means Urawa added the 2022 title to their successes in 2007 and 2017.
Saitama: Either Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds or Al Hilal SFC of Saudi Arabia will be crowned the first three-time AFC Champions League™ winners when the two sides clash in the second leg of the 2022 final on Saturday.
As we await what promises to be a thriling decider at the Saitama 2002 Stadium, the-AFC.com takes a trip down memory lane to revisit the previous winners of the AFC Champions League era.
Since the tournament was rebranded in 2003, clubs from Australia, China PR, Japan, Korea Republic, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have all had the honour of lifting the coveted trophy.