ACL report: Ulsan Hyundai

Get to know a little more about Victory's first opponent in the 2018 Asian Champions League, two-time K-League Champion Ulsan Hyundai.

Melbourne Victory hosts Ulsan Hyundai at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Match Day 1 on Tuesday, February 13.

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How did they qualify?

Ulsan Hyundai defeated Busan IPark 2-1 over two legs in the Korean FA Cup final to qualify for this year’s Champions League.

It was their first Cup win, and their first appearance in the Final since a runners up finish in 1998.

Ulsan finished fourth in the 2017 edition of the K-League.

What is their history in the Champions League?

2018 will be Ulsan’s seventh Asian Champions League campaign since they first qualified in 1998.

Horang-I has won the Champions League once, back in 2012 when it defeated Saudi side Al-Ahli 3-0 in the Final.

This is the first time in their history that they have managed to qualify for consecutive Champions Leagues, after a Group Stage appearance in 2017.

Who are their key players?

Pacy midfielder Mirslav Orsic has impressed for Ulsan since joining the club in January 2017. Australian football fans may recall the Croatian’s brace against Brisbane Roar in last season’s Champions League.

Striker Lee Jong-ho is another player to watch. He has scored 49 K-League goals, including eight last season, and won the Champions League with Jeonbuk back in 2016.

Experienced midfielder Hwang Il-su recently joined Ulsan from Chinese Super League side Yanbian Funde. The 30-year-old has four caps for the South Korean national team after making his debut last year.

WATCH: Ulsan announce Hwang Il-su signing

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