5/15/2018 3:35:23 PM

Lopes volley helps Jeonbuk into AFC Champions League quarterfinals

Lopes volley helps Jeonbuk into AFC Champions League quarterfinals

Seoul, South Korea: A sweet first-half volley from Ricardo Lopes helped Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors into the AFC Champions League quarter-finals as they saw off Thailand's Buriram United in the last 16 on Tuesday.

The Brazilian's clean strike on 18 minutes and Lee Jae-Sung's 84th-minute free kick made it 2-0 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate as the former champions went through.

Jeonbuk won the Asian club championship in 2016 but the South Korean side were banned from last year's competition over a bribery scandal.

The first half was target practice for Jeonbuk as the visitors sat back, and there was little surprise when Lopes scored after 18 minutes.

A cushion header from World Cup-bound South Korea striker Kim Shin-wook teed up the Brazilian forward, who volleyed into the top corner to make it 3-3 on aggregate and put Jeonbuk ahead on away goals.

Buriram's Jakkaphan Kaewprom grazed the woodwork with a snapshot on the stroke of half-time and the Thai side showed far greater ambition in the second period.

But Lee, another Jeonbuk player named in South Korea's preliminary World Cup squad, sealed the win when he curled home his free kick left-footed with six minutes to go.

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