Jeonbuk, Ulsan motor into AFC Champions League knockouts

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors players celebrate scoring a goal during the AFC Champions League. (AFP)
Updated 07 May 2019

Jeonbuk, Ulsan motor into AFC Champions League knockouts

  • Kim Shin-wook’s early header for Jeonbuk was enough to settle an entertaining clash

BEIJING: Two-time winners Jeonbuk Motors downed runaway Chinese league-leaders Beijing Guoan 1-0 to ease into the AFC Champions League knockouts on Tuesday, joining Ulsan Hyundai in the last 16.

Kim Shin-wook’s early header was enough to settle an entertaining clash at Beijing’s Workers Stadium as Group G pacesetters Jeonbuk went through with a game to spare.

Elsewhere, fellow K-League side Ulsan beat Sydney FC 1-0 —  courtesy of Mix Diskerud’s audacious backheeled goal —  to qualify from Group H.

And a double from Brazil star Hulk earned Shanghai SIPG a 2-2 draw with defending champions Kawasaki Frontale that set up a three-way fight for the second qualifying spot in the final round of Group H games.

Red-hot Beijing have won a record eight out of eight in the Chinese Super League, raising the hopes of a noisy and expectant home crowd. But Kim’s 17th-minute goal put the visitors ahead and, aided by the trickery of a rampant Ricardo Lopes, it proved enough for the 2006 and 2016 champions — although Yu Dabao will have nightmares about his injury-time header down the throat of goalkeeper Song Beom-Keun.

In Ulsan, Norwegian-American Diskerud’s cheeky finish on the hour-mark condemned rock-bottom Sydney to their second defeat in five games, and threatened to send them crashing out.

But Shanghai’s draw threw the Aussies a lifeline. Hulk’s late headed equalizer meant SIPG, Kawasaki and Sydney can all still join Ulsan in the knockout phase.

SIPG started with a bang in the seventh minute. Oscar won the ball on the edge of his own box and fed Hulk who surged forward, beating one defender for pace and rounding ‘keeper Jung Sung-ryong. 

But the lead lasted just six minutes before Kawasaki’s Brazilian forward Leandro Damiao picked his way through traffic in the opposition box with a skillful one-two and smart finish.

SIPG’s Zhang Wei saw a header come back off the crossbar but after the break, Shogo Taniguchi put Kawasaki 2-1 up as he got his head to a whipped cross on 66 minutes.


Riyadh route revealed for inaugural Saudi Tour cycling event

Updated 24 January 2020

Riyadh route revealed for inaugural Saudi Tour cycling event

  • The race, will begin at the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee headquarters on Feb. 4 and end on Feb. 8 at Al-Masmak Fort

RIYADH: The Saudi Cycling Federation on Thursday revealed the full route for next month’s inaugural Saudi Tour event in Riyadh.

The 755 kilometer race, which is split into five daily stages, will begin at the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee headquarters on Feb. 4 and end on Feb. 8 at Al-Masmak Fort. Along the way, the competitors will pass many Riyadh landmarks, including Sadus Castle, Wadi Namar Park and Al-Bujairi historical district.

Eighteen teams from 13 countries will compete, and the riders include Mark Cavendish from the UK, Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni and Dutch cyclist Niki Terpstra.

Subah Al-Kraidees, chairman of the Saudi Cycling Federation, said he is delighted that the Kingdom is hosting a major Union Cycliste Internationale cycling event for the first time.

“I am so proud that the Saudi Cycling Federation is able to see one of its dreams realized with this event, and to have Saudi Arabia recognized as an important station in the international biking scene,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for Saudi athletes to rub shoulders with international bikers, and to see what they have achieved and learn from their experiences.”

The Saudi Tour will be broadcast worldwide by 25 TV networks, six of whom will also live stream the event.

Three other events will take place on the sidelines of the main race: a public bike ride from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 6, a junior race on the same day from 1 p.m. to 2.40 p.m., and a women’s ride from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Feb. 8.

You can find more details of the event and broadcast schedules, and track the teams and their race times, at www.thesauditour.com.