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By ESPN Staff
Nov 10, 2012

Ulsan win AFC Champions League

Ulsan Hyundai won their first AFC Champions League title in front of their own fans with a comfortable 3-0 success over an under-strength Al-Ahly.

• Duerden: Ulsan's ultimate victory

The South Koreans took advantage of playing the final in their home city and delivered the trophy before a crowd of 42,153 at the Ulsan Munsu Stadium.

They became the third K-League club in four years to lift the title, with Kim Ho-Gon's team joining Pohang Steelers and Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma who won the title in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Al-Ahly were without the suspended Mansour Al Harbi and the injured Kamil Al Mousa against a side who had scored 24 goals in 11 games to reach the final. Ulsan added to that tally with goals from Kwak Tae-Hwi, Rafinha and Kim Seung-Yong.

Kwak opened the scoring after 13 minutes when he headed in from a free-kick, and midway through the second half Brazilian striker Rafinha extended the advantage for the home side. Kim's fierce half-volley wrapped the victory up with 15 minutes remaining.

Ulsan started the game stronger but Rafinha and Kwak both missed the target before Kim's free-kick was headed past Abdullah Almuaiouf by Kwak.

With Karel Jarolim's side unable to break out of their own half, Ulsan continued to pile on the pressure.

Ulsan's Colombian midfielder Juan Estiven Velez twice missed the target from long distance before Al-Ahly's Motaz Al Mosa shot over seven minutes before the break in a rare attack by the visitors.

Al-Ahly looked better at the beginning of the second half but Ulsan doubled their lead with 67 minutes gone when Velez's cross was headed across goal by Kim Shin-wook and Rafinha beat three defenders to the loose ball and forced it over the line.

Ulsan completed the scoring when Kim Seung-yong fired in a low shot, the victory earning Ulsan a place in the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan next month.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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