Yu’s heroics take Seoul into semi-finals

August 28, 2014 - 1:24:34 am

SEOUL: FC Seoul goalkeeper Yu Shang-hun saved all three penalties in a shootout as they beat K-League Classic rivals Pohang Steelers 3-0 to reach the AFC Champions League semi-finals yesterday.

Yu barely broke sweat in 120 minutes without any goals at the Seoul World Cup Stadium, following a similar goalless first leg, but the gangly keeper burst into life in the shootout.

He palmed away spot kicks from Hwang Ji-Soo and Kim Jae-Sung as Seoul went 2-0 up through Brazilian Everton Santos, brought on at the end of extra time, and Spanish defender Osmar Barba.

Seoul captain Kim Jin-kyu then missed his side’s third kick but his keeper again came to the rescue, diving to his left to block a tame effort from Park Hee-chul.

That allowed Colombian forward Mauricio Molina to step up and fire the winning penalty as last year’s runners-up advanced to another semi.

They will have to find a way to reignite their attacking play if they want to beat Western Sydney Wanderers of Australia in the last four after showing hardly any threat in a dour and defensive clash with the Korean champions.