Riyadh: With the hotly anticipated AFC Champions League™ 2022 final fast approaching, the-AFC.com relives how Al Hilal SFC made it to their second final in a row, winning seven of their nine games.
After reaching the 2017 AFC Champions League final, Al Hilal struggled to deliver the same levels of performances the following year, finishing bottom of their group, but having conquered the continent in 2021, they came back to defend their title with renewed vigour, winning their first four games of the group, and sealing a place in the next round with two games to spare.
Kuala Lumpur: Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds are eyeing their third continental title when they take on four-time winners Al Hilal SFC in the final of the AFC Champions League™ 2022, and getting the better of the defending champions would make the J1 League team the joint-second most successful club in the competition.
Urawa are looking to match Korea Republic’s Pohang Steelers by winning their third Asian crown and their road to the final of the 2022 edition has been eventful, as they have overcame a number of strong opponents in the East to earn the right to challenge the Saudi Arabian giants and reigning champions of Asia, Al Hilal.
The 2007 and 2017 AFC Champions League winners booked their place in the 2022 tournament by winning the Emperor’s Cup in 2021, and have played nine matches and scored an incredible 31 goals so far to reach the title decider. Join the-AFC.com as we relive Urawa’s memorable journey to the AFC Champions League 2022 final.