Group F: Ulsan Hyundai FC defeats BG Pathum United to secure first place and extend record for AFC Champions League wins | Football | New
Bangkok: Ulsan Hyundai FC extended their winning streak in the AFC Champions League to 15 appearances as Korea Republic beat Thailand’s BG Pathum United 2-0 in Group F final on Sunday .
The victory allowed Ulsan Hyundai to finish with six wins out of six to finish first in Group F and seal a round of 16 clash with Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale.
BG Pathum United, who also placed in the top three finalists, will face two-time AFC Champions League winner Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the round of 16.
Ulsan Hyundai entered the game with the clear intention of extending their winning streak, with Yoon Bit-garam, Valeri Qazaisvili, Lukas Hinterseer and Kim Min-jun all starting.
BG Pathum United, with their place in the round of 16 assured, made several changes to their roster with Diogo and skipper Victor Cardozo was ruled out, but the Thai League champions still managed to keep Ulsan at bay in the opening minutes .
The end-to-end action at Pathum Thani stadium was intense but it took BG Pathum United until the 29th minute to come close with Ernesto Phumipha’s corner finding Chatree Chimtalay but the defender couldn’t get it his head on the target.
Ulsan’s response came two minutes later as a pass from Hinterseer into the box allowed Kim to beat offside trap goalkeeper Chatchai Budprom before returning the ball home.
It could have been 2-0 just a minute before the break when Lim Jong-eun climbed to the top to lead Yoon’s corner, but Chatchai was about to turn it down and keep BG Pathum United in the game.
The K League club continued to hold the lion’s share of possession in the second half and Kim should have capitalized on Chatchai’s mismanagement of a backpass, but the keeper did well to regain his balance and block the rebound. .
Although he was forced to sit deep in his own half, BG Pathum United had his moments with Surachat Sareepim landing a strike from inside the box in the 69th minute, only for the ball deviated from its course after hitting Dave Bulthuis’ leg.
There was not to be a comeback for the Thailand side, as Qazaishvili had the final say after passing BG Pathum United’s defense to reclaim substitute Lee Myung-jae’s cross and return the ball in the 87th minute to complete the Ulsan Hyundai’s perfect campaign in the group stage. .