Al Sadd Tops Jeonbuk in Shootout at Asian Champions League Final

Al Sadd defeated Jeonbuk Motors 4-2 in a penalty shootout in the final of Asian soccer’s Champions League.

Nadir Belhadj made the winning kick after the teams were tied 2-2 following extra time at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium in South Korea. Al Sadd is the first club from Qatar to win the title and earns a place in the FIFA World Club Championship.

Eninho gave Jeonbuk the lead in the 17th minute, but Sim Woo-Yeon’s own goal tied the score 12 minutes later. Abdulkader Keita put Al Sadd in front in the 69th minute before Lee Sung- Hyung scored with a header in stoppage time. Al Sadd’s Ali Afif was sent off in the final moments of extra time for a second yellow card.

It was the first final to go to extra time or penalty kicks. Korean teams had won three of the previous nine Asian Champions League titles, with Jeonbuk taking the crown winning in 2006.

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