Doha, 6 December 2020 - Super sub Bjorn Johnsen’s fine second-half double fired Ulsan Hyundai into the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League with a commanding 3-0 win over Melbourne Victory on Sunday.
Beijing Guoan also reached the last-eight phase earlier in the day, although in a much more sedate fashion, as they edged out FC Tokyo 1-0 courtesy of a 59th-minute strike from A Lan.
Ulsan Hyundai have never been beaten by Australian sides in the competition and Sunday’s performance helped the South Korean giants extend that record besides taking their winning streak to six matches, scoring more than one goal on each occasion.
Ulsan won the tournament in 2012 but had not gone past the last-16 phase since, but Sunday’s show of strength helped them break a seven-year drought in style, with coach Kim Do-hoon declaring “we can make history in Qatar”.
“I’d like to thank our players for their great performance tonight. We had a lot of chances but the players were patient in the first half,” said Kim.