Ulsan Hyundai FC Eliminated from 2024 AFC Champions League After Penalty Shootout Loss to Yokohama F. Marinos

Ulsan Hyundai FC's AFC Champions League dreams crushed in heartbreaking penalty shootout loss to Yokohama F. Marinos, who reach their first-ever final.

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Ulsan Hyundai FC Eliminated from 2024 AFC Champions League After Penalty Shootout Loss to Yokohama F. Marinos

Ulsan Hyundai FC Eliminated from 2024 AFC Champions League After Penalty Shootout Loss to Yokohama F. Marinos

Ulsan Hyundai FC's hopes of reaching the 2024 AFC Champions League final were dashed after a heartbreaking 5-4 penalty shootout loss to Yokohama F. Marinos in the semifinals. The South Korean side had taken a narrow 1-0 lead in the first leg at home, but Yokohama mounted a stunning comeback in the second leg at Yokohama Stadium.

Yokohama raced to a 3-0 lead within the first 30 minutes of the match, with goals from Asahi Uenaka, Anderson Lopes, and Uenaka again. Ulsan managed to pull one back before halftime, but the aggregate score was level at 3-3, forcing the game into extra time.

Despite Ulsan's best efforts to find a winner, the match remained deadlocked and proceeded to a penalty shootout. In a tense and dramatic shootout, both teams were tied at 4-4 after several rounds. However, Ulsan's Kim Min-woo saw his penalty saved by Yokohama goalkeeper William Popp, allowing Carlos Eduardo to step up and convert the winning spot-kick for the Japanese side.

Why this matters: This marks Yokohama F. Marinos' first-ever appearance in the AFC Champions League final, a historic achievement for the club. The result also denies Ulsan Hyundai FC the chance to add to their two previous AFC Champions League titles won in 2012 and 2020.

Yokohama F. Marinos will now face Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates in the 2024 AFC Champions League final. The first leg will be played in Yokohama on May 11, with the return leg scheduled two weeks later in the UAE. Yokohama coach Harry Kewell praised his players' effort and work rate, saying they showed that "anything is possible" for the club. "The players showed great composure and belief to handle the pressure of the semifinal," Kewell said after the match.

Key Takeaways

  • Ulsan Hyundai FC lost 5-4 on penalties to Yokohama F. Marinos in AFC Champions League semifinal.
  • Yokohama F. Marinos made their first-ever AFC Champions League final, denying Ulsan a 3rd title.
  • Yokohama came back from 1-0 down to win 3-3 on aggregate, forcing the game to penalties.
  • Yokohama will face Al-Ain in the 2024 AFC Champions League final, a historic achievement.
  • Yokohama coach Harry Kewell praised his players' composure and belief in handling the pressure.