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Overcoming Evergrande, Urawa recreated the 2017 final against Al Hilal

Overcoming Evergrande, Urawa recreated the 2017 final against Al Hilal

Urawa Red Diamonds advanced to the 2019 AFC Champions League final for the second times in three years after Shinzo Koroki scored a goal to help them win a minimum 1-0 victory over Guangzhou Evergrande and a 3-0 on aggregate.

Final score: Guangzhou Evergrande 1-0 Urawa Red Diamonds (3-0 on aggregate)

Starting lineup:

Guangzhou Evergrande: Zeng Cheng, Zhang Linpeng, Mei Fang (Feng Boxuan 69 '), Park Ji-soo, Zhong Yihao, Zheng Zhi (Xu Xin 56'), Paulinho, Anderson Talisca, Yang Liyu, Wei Shihao (Gao Lin 56 '), Elkeson.

Urawa Red Diamonds: Shusaku Nishikawa, Takuya Iwanami, Daisuke Suzuki, Tomoaki Makino, Daiki Hashioka (Tomoya Ugajin 84 '), Ewerton, Yuki Abe (Kai Shibato 88'), Takahiro Sekine, Kazuki Nagasawa, Fabricio, Shinzo Koroki (Kenyu Sugimoto 75 ').

With this victory, Urawa now has a chance to win the third ACL title and will meet Al Hilal in the rematch of 2017 final - where they won 2-1 - after the Saudi Arabia giant drew Al Sadd in the semi-final second leg match on Tuesday.

Having won 2-0 from the first leg thanks to goals from Fabricio and Takahiro Sekine, The Reds are likely to approach the match with a conservative kick in the Galaxy Stadium and the home team had a bright start.

Guangzhou Evergrande's first dangerous shot came in the 16th minute when Yang Liyu saved the ball from the edge of the line and cut the ball into Anderson Talisca, whose powerful shot forced Shusaku Nishikawa to save.

Talisca added another dangerous ball three minutes later with a header from the left of Wei Shihao's cross before the visitors' turn had a threatening ball in the 23rd minute when the shot from outside the area Yuki Abe is stopped by Zeng Cheng.

Talisca seemed to be the most dangerous player of Guangzhou Evergrande and he was not lucky enough to open the score in the 38th minute. After receiving Zhang Linpeng's cross on the right-wing, he skillfully turned to shot but the ball went over the bar.

The Brazilian almost scored in the third minute of the second half when he received a clever pass from Paulinho. However, the angle was so narrow that he did not have enough space to put enough effort into the shot.

And two minutes later, The Reds scored a goal to break the deadlock - and widened the aggregate score to 3-0. Daiki Hashioka overcame Zhong Yihao on the right-wing and came into position close to the goal, where Koroki excelled in the face of Zhang and hit a header into the net.

At this point, Guangzhou Evergrande desperately needs a goal if they want to have the opportunity to overcome the situation. Then they almost had a goal to shorten the score in the 55th minute.

Heading up from the right, Zhang hooked the ball towards Elkeson, but Nishikawa once again had a clever tackle and then promptly pulled back before Talisca unleashed a lack of effort.

In the end, despite the efforts, Guangzhou Evergrande failed to change the outcome and the last chance in the 82nd minute saw Nishikawa continue to successfully block Gao Lin's shot so hard to help Urawa maintain the score and secure their place in the decisive match of Asia's top club level tournament.

Guangzhou Evergrande vs Urawa Red Diamonds match information

Time: 20:00 (GMT+8) on October 23th

Venue: Tianhe Stadium

‎‎Competition: AFC Champions League 2019 semi-final second leg (0-2 on aggregate)

In the final round of the AFC Champions League in East Asia, at home, Guangzhou Evergrande will need a lot of determination and luck to be able to eliminate Urawa Red Diamonds after the 0-2 loss at the first leg. The task for the Chinese team is very difficult and only a small mistake can prevent them from reaching the final.

Guangzhou Evergrande is currently leading the 2019 Chinese Super League overall ranking and has many chances to win the national title as the league has only 2 rounds left. Perhaps so, this team also wants to win the AFC Champions League, but it seems that the goal is facing a huge obstacle when coach Fabio Cannavaro's team loses to Urawa Red Diamonds 0-2 on the opposing pitch in the first leg.

In the second leg at home, the goal of the Guangzhou-based team is to win by 3 goals in order to go through the final, which is very difficult, especially when in the past they used to losing to a team from Japan. It is likely that Guangzhou Evergrande will not be able to win Urawa Red Diamonds in the second leg and have to stop this AFC Champions League campaign.

Urawa Red Diamonds are playing poorly in the J1-League when they rank 12th on the chart. With the current position, it is very likely that this team will not be able to attend the AFC Champions League next season so they will be more determined in this season to be crowned as champion.

That determination was shown in the downfall of Chinese team Guangzhou Evergrande 2-0 in the first leg. This is a huge advantage before the second leg because if they scored a goal, the task of Guangzhou Evergrande is extremely difficult. Most likely Urawa Red Diamonds will continue to play well and they will not even lose on away field.

Despite the home advantage, Guangzhou Evergrande will most likely not win against Urawa Red Diamonds.

Possible Lineups Guangzhou Evergrande vs Urawa Red Diamonds:

Guangzhou Evergrande Taoba: Liu, Zhang, Park, Feng, Deng, Wei, Huang, Zhang, Yang, Paulinho, Talisca.

Urawa Red Diamonds: Nishikawa, Makino, Antonio, Iwanami, Hashioka, Ewerton, Yamanaka, Aoki, Koroki, Muto, Nagasawa.