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Iniesta’s game against Kobe was 3-1 in the end

Andres Iniesta missed the ACL quarterfinals for Kobe because of injury. They lost 3-1 to Jeonbuk Motors, ending their chances of winning the title.



Japan’s SAITAMA (AP) — Andres Iniesta was forced to watch as his team, Vissel Kobe of Japan, lost 3-1 to Jeonbuk Motors of South Korea in the quarterfinals, ending his chances of winning the inaugural Asian Champions League championship.

The 38-year-old Iniesta, who joined Kobe from Barcelona in 2018, has struggled with injuries and hasn’t been healthy enough for any ACL games this season.

Jeonbuk scored twice in extra time to keep the expensive Japanese club without a first-ever international championship.

Just after the hour mark, Kobe took the lead through Koya Yuruki, but Modou Barrow of the Gambia and Jeonbuk quickly equalized.

Brazilian attacker Gustavo gave Jeonbuk the lead in extra time in the 104th minute, and Moon Seon-min sealed the victory in the final seconds.

Urawa Reds defeated Pathum United of Thailand 4-0, meaning that Jeonbuk will meet Japanese opposition once more in the semifinals on Thursday.

Urawa led at halftime thanks to goals from Takuya Iwanami and Swedish midfielder David Moberg Karlsson. In the second half, goals were added by Takahiro Akimoto and Yoshio Koizumi.

The western half of the competition, which is separated into two geographic halves until the last game, will finish its knockout stage in February, so the semifinal victor will have to wait until then to learn who their final opponent will be.

Iniesta helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup when he scored the lone goal in the championship match against the Netherlands. He won four Champions League championships with Barcelona.

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