Steelers ride on Denilson strike

Steelers ride on Denilson strike

The Asian champions from South Korea, the better organised of the two teams, set up a semifinal meeting next week with their South American counterparts Estudiantes of Argentina.

African champions Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo went ahead after 28 minutes.

Defensive midfielder Mbenza Bedi unleashed a shot from more than 25 metres into the bottom far corner past diving keeper Shin Hwa-yong.  Denilson equalised five minutes into the second half with a close-range header from No Byung-jun's chipped cross from the right to the far post.

The Brazilian struck the winner 12 minutes from time when he beat the offside trap to race through and send his low shot between keeper Muteba Kidiaba's legs.
It quickly became evident a goal would come from Mazembe's defensive frailties at one end or the sheer exuberance of their attacks at the other.

Another factor in the equation was the Steelers' very poor finishing in the first half and the flashy but brave goalkeeping of Kidiaba.