Urawa filled with hope after tough first leg, says Skorza
Riyadh: Maciej Skorza paid tribute to his Urawa Red Diamonds players for standing up to a dominant Al Hilal SFC in the AFC Champions League™ 2022 final first leg on Saturday.
Al Hilal looked to well placed for a resounding victory after taking a 13th minute lead through Salem Al Dawsari but Urawa not only weathered the storm but equalised through Shinzo Koroki to force a 1-1 draw at the King Fahd International Stadium, leaving next week's second leg tantasilingly poised.
Riyadh: Ramon Diaz didn’t hide his disappointment but the head coach was adamant that Al Hilal SFC are still very much in the race to lift the AFC Champions League™ 2022 title.
A dominant Al Hilal paid a heavy price against Urawa Red Diamonds in Saturday’s first leg, allowing the Japanese to fight back for a 1-1 draw and losing the talismanic Salem Al Dawsari to a red card at the King Fahd International Stadium.
Al Dawsari had given Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal the lead in the 13th minute and the defending champions looked set for a convincing victory, only for a mistake allowing Shinzo Koroki to score the equaliser in the 53rd minute.
Final - 1st Leg: Urawa Reds fight back to hold Al Hilal
Riyadh: Urawa Red Diamonds took home a valuable away goal as they held Al Hilal SFC to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 final at King Fahd International Stadium on Saturday.
Salem Al Dawsari opened the scoring for Al Hilal and Shinzo Koroki levelled the scores in front of 50,881 fans.