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Jeju United knocked out of AFC Champions League after stunning Urawa defeat

South Korea’s Jeju United were knocked out of the AFC Champions League on Wednesday with a stunning loss against Urawa Red Diamonds.

Having an advantage of winning 2-0 in the first leg, Jeju hoped to be the only South Korean team to reach the quarterfinals at the top continental club football competition.

However, Urawa needed only 45 minutes to overturn the deficit against their opponents, with Shinzo Koroki and Tadanari Lee scoring to pull Mihailo Petrovic’s team level by halftime.

Over the following 45 minutes, the 2007 champions were unable to find a way past Jeju goalkeeper Kim Ho-jun and the game went into extra time.

Unfortunately, the Korean teem had to play with a man down following Cho Young-hyun’s sending-off in the 81st minute.

Ryota Moriwaki was the hero for Urawa, as his goal in the 24th minute of the 30-minute extra period put the Japanese up 3-0 for the match and 3-2 in aggregate score.

The game ended with a pitch confrontation between players at the end of extra time.

The elimination of Jeju has left no K League club in quarterfinals of AFC Champions League is the first time in nine years.