Urawa Reds, 메이저사이트a Japanese J-League club, drew a draw in the away game against Al Hilal, raising their chances of winning at home.
Urawa Reds drew 1-1 against Al-Hilal in the 2022 AFC Champions League final at King Fahd National Stadium in Riyadh on the morning of the 30th (Korean time). In the 13th minute of the first half Urawa conceded a goal to Al Hilal ace Salem Al Dausari, but in the 8th minute of the second half thanks to veteran striker Koroki Shinzo’s goal, Urawa did not lose in the enemy ground and won ahead of the second leg of the final at Saitama Stadium 2002 on the 6th. increased the possibility.
Japanese media gave a very encouraging response. <Nikan Sports> said, “The Japanese national soccer team lost all three matches in the Saudi Arabian expedition. Coach Hajime Moriyasu’s Japan also lost 0-1 in the final qualifier against Saudi Arabia in October 2021. In Japanese soccer, “Saudi Arabia’s football can truly be called ‘ghosts’ and ‘monsters.’ In the AFC Champions League, they had 2 draws and 2 losses against Saudi Arabia. Nagoya Grampus lost 2-6 to Al Ittihad in the 2009 tournament.” explained.
“Even though they missed their first win away from Saudi Arabia, Urawa scored an away goal in difficult circumstances and drew. In the first leg of the 2017 tournament final, they drew 1-1 against Al Hilal and then won 1-0 at home. I won. I am looking forward to recreating that time.”
<DospoWeb> shed light on Urawa’s Al-Hilal away draw, saying, “Thanks to Urawa Korokki’s heavenly gold, we were able to draw in the enemy territory. We aim for the third championship in the Saitama final.” DAZN News also highly praised the away draw, saying, “Even after conceding the opening goal, Korokki’s goal resulted in a draw. Urawa brought an away goal from the enemy.”
Korokki, who shook Al-Hilal’s net, said, “It was a ‘lucky goal’. Still, I think it’s a big achievement to tie the score on the road and return home. In the next match, 60,000 home fans will be seated. I want to win in Saitama like I did in 2017.”
As <Nikan Sports> mentioned earlier, Urawa and Japanese media seem to overlap the situation at the time of winning the tournament in 2017 with the Al-Hilal away draw. If Urawa beats Al Hilal and rises to the top, it will be their third win in their career. Attention is focusing on whether Urawa will be able to achieve great results by beating the defending champion.