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AFC Champions League: Ulsan Hyundai beat Persepolis 2-1 in final

Persepolis of Iran have been made to wait for at least another year to lift the trophy in the AFC Champions League after suffering a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of Ulsan Hyundai.

This has been the Red Army’s second appearance in the final of the event in the last three years, and in the 45th minute they looked set to get their hands on the trophy as Mehdi Abdi scored after expertly guiding the ball to the left corner.

The joy was short lived though as Persepolis conceded a penalty deep into the first half stoppage time, and Junior Negrao stepped up to convert the spot-kick.

After the break the Iranian side’s trophy hopes suffered a huge blow after Mehdi Shiri needlessly cut out a cross using his hand in the box, which handed Junior Negrao a second penalty, and he made no mistake to convert from the spot in the 55th minute.

Ulsan Hyundai managed to hold on to clinch the trophy, and Iran’s Persepolis did not manage to end a 27 year trophy drought for Iran in the competition.

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