Al Hilal reaches Asian Champions League final

Saudi Al-Hilal players celebrate after defeating UAE's al-Ain during their AFC Champions League semi-final football match on September 30, 2014.

Saudi Al-Hilal players celebrate after defeating UAE’s al-Ain during their AFC Champions League semi-final football match on September 30, 2014.

Al Hilal advanced to the AFC Asian Champions League final on Tuesday despite a 2-1 away defeat by 10-man Al Ain in their semifinal second leg.

The Saudi Arabian side, 3-0 up from the first leg, came through 4-2 on aggregate at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.

Lee Mjung-joo opened the scoring for Al Ain with a header after 10 minutes, while Nasser Al Shamrani equalized for the visitors in the 65th.

Despite Al Ain striker Asamoah Gyan being given a straight red card four minutes later for a lunging tackle, Jires Kembo Ekoko struck again for the United Arab Emirates side in the 77th.

Hilal, Asian champions in 1991 and 2000, will face the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between FC Seoul and Western Sydney Wanderers.

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