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(LEAD) Daegu beat Ulsan to win S. Korean FA Cup

16:32 December 08, 2018

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DAEGU, Dec. 8 (Yonhap) -- Daegu FC won the 2018 Korea Football Association (FA) Cup on Saturday after edging Ulsan Hyundai FC 5-1 on aggregate.

Daegu beat Ulsan 3-0 in the second leg of the FA Cup final at Daegu Stadium in Daegu after they hit the net three times in the second half. It was a perfect result for Daegu, which had already won the first leg 2-1 at Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan on Wednesday.

For Daegu, which finished seventh in the K League 1, the FA Cup title is their first trophy in their franchise history after they were founded in 2002.

Daegu FC head coach Andre Luiz Alves Santos (C) lifts the Korea Football Association Cup champions' trophy after his side beat Ulsan Hyundai FC 5-1 on aggregate to claim the title at Daegu Stadium in Daegu on Dec. 8, 2018. (Yonhap)

Daegu, led by Brazilian head coach Andre Luiz Alves Santos, commonly known as Andre, will now make their first appearance in the 2019 Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL). They will be in Group F, facing Chinese Super League runners-up Guangzhou Evergrande, Australian A-League final series winners Melbourne Victory and a playoff winner.

Daegu will be the third municipal government-owned football club in South Korea to play at the ACL, followed by Seongnam FC, the 2014 FA Cup winners, and Gyeongnam FC, this year's runners-up in the K League 1.

Ulsan, managed by head coach Kim Do-hoon, were hoping for their FA Cup title defense. They secured a playoff spot at the 2019 ACL by finishing third in the K League 1 this season but could have advanced directly to the group stage if they had won the FA Cup.

Ulsan nearly drew first blood in the ninth minute when Han Seung-gyu, who was recently named the K League 1 Young Player of the Year, fired a right-footed shot in the box. However, his attempt was blocked by Daegu goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, South Korea's No. 1 custodian at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Daegu FC's Kim Dae-won celebrates after scoring a goal against Ulsan Hyundai FC in the second leg of the Korea Football Association Cup final at Daegu Stadium in Daegu, on Dec. 8, 2018. (Yonhap)

Daegu's Brazilian striker Edgar Bruno da Silva, known simply as Edgar, was the first one to find the net in the 14th. However, his goal was disallowed for a foul on Ulsan defender Richard Windbichler.

Edgar had another promising chance in the 26th, but his curling right-footed effort was denied by Ulsan goalkeeper Kim Yong-dae, who was last year's FA Cup MVP.

In the 33rd, Ulsan saw Lee Yeong-jae's left-footed free kick go inches wide of the net.

After finishing scoreless in the first half, Daegu went up on the scoreboard with Kim Dae-won's strike in the 59th. Following a bad clearance from Ulsan's Lee Chang-yong in the box, Kim blasted a left-footed shot for a 1-0 lead.

Cesinha then doubled the lead for the hosts in the 76th. Ulsan midfielder Park Yong-woo failed to control a goal kick from Jo and the ball went to Cesinha, who easily hit the net with his right foot.

Daegu FC's Cesinha celebrates after scoring a goal against Ulsan Hyundai FC in the second leg of the Korea Football Association Cup final at Daegu Stadium in Daegu, on Dec. 8, 2018. (Yonhap)

Desperate for goals, Ulsan pushed forward and had an opportunity to cut the deficit to one in the 81st. But Kim In-sung's effort was denied by Jo.

Edgar stepped up to seal the victory for Daegu at the last moment. The 31-year-old Brazilian striker dribbled past Park and chipped the ball home from a tight angle in the 89th.

After the match, Daegu's Cesinha was named the MVP of the tournament. Cesinha, who joined Daegu in 2016, was the top scorer in the FA Cup with five goals. The 29-year-old was the top assist maker in the K League 1 this season after delivering 11 assists in 25 matches.

Daegu head coach Andre took the best coach award.

Ulsan Hyundai FC players react after surrendering a goal to Daegu FC during the second leg of the Korea Football Association Cup final at Daegu Stadium in Daegu. (Yonhap)

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