AFC Champions League: Esteghlal 2 Seoul 2 (2-4 agg)
By Football News
Seoul progressed to the AFC Champions League final thanks to a 2-2 draw with Esteghlal on Wednesday.
The result saw the Korean side through 4-2 on aggregate following a 2-0 win in the home leg a week ago and they will play China's Guangzhou Evergrande in a two-legged final.
Ha Dae-Sung put Seoul in control of the tie in the 37th minute, before Jlloyd Samuel on 50 minutes and Mohammad Ghazi on 75 gave the Iranian side hope of a remarkable comeback.
It was not to be, however, as Kim Jin-Kyu's penalty with 10 minutes to go put paid to any hopes Amir Ghalenoei's side had of staging a recovery.
The visitors started much the brighter and netted a crucial away goal when Ha controlled the ball on the edge of the box and delicately chipped Mehdi Rahmati.
That left the hosts needing four goals in the second half to progress and they got the start they needed when Samuel levelled the match five minutes after the break, rising highest to nod home a pinpoint delivery.
When Ghazi pounced on a rebound to tuck the ball home, Esteghlal needed two more in the final 15 minutes to secure an unlikely final berth.
Their hopes were dashed five minutes later, however, when Cha Du-Ri was felled in the box by Hanif Omranzadeh and Kim stepped up to bury his penalty high into the top left hand corner.