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revival
復活
seal ~
~を決定的にする
aggregate
合計での
AFC
アジアサッカー連盟
final (match)
決勝(後出 quarterfinal は準々決勝)
leg
(ここではホームアンドアウェー方式の一方の)試合
draw
引き分け
title
優勝
possession
(ボール)支配率
high-flyer
(ここでは)強豪
come close to scoring
ゴールを脅かす
concede
与える
hard work
豊富な運動量
dedication
献身(的プレー)
dribble a ball past ~
~をドリブルで突破する
send ~ off
~を退場させる
play a pass toward ~
~に向かってパスを送る
spin (→spun) away from ~
(ここでは)反転して~をかわす
marker
張り付いて守る選手
blast ... keeper
キーパー横を通る強いシュートを決める
unspeakably
言葉にならないほどに
ecstatic
熱狂した
red-clad
(チームカラーの)赤い服を着た
spectator
観客
slump
不振に陥る(後出 fall short of ~ は~に至らない)
deliver a result
結果を出す
tirelessly
(ここでは)懸命に
one-on-one duel
(ここでは球際での)1対1の戦い
(be) set to appear ~
~に出場することになっている

Red Revival   

Urawa Reds' Rafael Silva scored an 88th-minute goal to seal a thrilling 2-1 aggregate win against Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal in the AFC Champions League (ACL) final on Nov. 25 in Saitama.

The 1-0 second-leg victory followed a 1-1 draw in the final's first leg in Riyadh. The ACL title is Urawa's second, having won it previously in 2007. It is also the third title for a Japanese club, the last won by Gamba Osaka in 2008. The Reds are the fourth team with two ACL titles.

Enjoying more possession, Saudi league high-flyers Al Hilal came close to scoring many times, but Urawa didn't concede a goal with hard work and dedication while maintaining a high level of concentration. In the 78th minute, Salem Aldawsari, who had repeatedly dribbled the ball past Urawa's players, was sent off after receiving a second yellow card. Later, Reds' Muto Yuki played a pass toward Silva - who spun away from his marker, and blasted the ball past the keeper.

After the match, Silva let the tears flow, saying he was "unspeakably happy," adding, "We were made strong by everyone's support," thanking the ecstatic red-clad fans in Saitama Stadium, packed with 57,727 spectators.

Urawa slumped a few months after the J-League season began, and brought in new manager Hori Takafumi in July. Taking over the management in the middle of the season, Hori tried to rebuild the club, but fell short of delivering results in the J-League. However, the team didn't give up hope of achieving something. They fought tirelessly in the ACL tournament, winning one-on-one duels - which some regard as rare for a Japanese team - to win all seven of its home games.

Reds captain Abe Yuki, who also played in the 2007 ACL final, had tears in his eyes as he said, "This is the result of everyone on the team fighting hard. It's good to see the smiling faces of the players and the fans."

Urawa Reds are set to appear in the quarterfinal of the FIFA Club World Cup on Dec. 9 in the United Arab Emirates.

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