Urawa Red Diamonds claimed the Asian Champions League title for the third time as Andre Carrillo’s own goal earned the Japanese side a 1-0 victory over defending champions Al Hilal and a 2-1 aggregate win.
Carrillo’s error three minutes into the second half swung the tie on Saturday in Urawa’s favour despite Al Hilal dominating for lengthy periods before the Japanese side added the crown to the titles they won in 2007 and 2017.
“Today, we are very happy that, after a few months working hard, thinking about this game, we are winning this trophy for the fantastic supporters at this huge club,” Urawa coach Maciej Skorza said.
“This is a big honour for me and it’s just amazing. It’s difficult to find a way to describe this win.
“I feel the spirit of the support and it’s something special. What I can say, today was not easy for us on the pitch. Very often we were struggling, but we were playing with one more player.”
Urawa held the upper hand going into the second leg at Saitama Stadium after Shinzo Koroki’s equaliser last Saturday had earned his team an away goal in the 1-1 draw in Riyadh.