Farias thrilled with final berth
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Fresh from their second-leg success at Qatar outfit Umm Salal, Pohang Steelers boss Sergio Farias has stated his delight at his team's passage through to the AFC Champions League final.

Goals from Stevica Ristic and No Byung-Jun gave Pohang a 2-1 semi-final second-leg win over Umm Salal at Qatar Sports Club and a 4-1 aggregate victory overall, thus setting up a showdown with Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad at Tokyo's National Stadium on November 7.

"To be honest, it was not a good game to watch today. However, we got a good result, that was what we wanted and I think this is a part of the competition," said the 42-year-old Brazilian supremo.

"I said before the game that we were going to do our best to win and that's exactly what happened. We have a good team and that's why we are now in the final. We have always played with an attacking formation and we managed to score four goals over the two semi-final games."

Ibrahima Nadiya scored a consolation free-kick in stoppage time for Umm Salal, who were unable to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first-leg. And despite seeing his side's surprise Champions League run end at the semi-final stage, coach Gerard Gili was full of praise for his squad's progress.

"I congratulate Umm Salal for their achievements as I believe that we made history in this tournament," said the Frenchman. "I also congratulate Pohang Steelers because they are a strong team and they have shown in the two games that they deserved to advance to the final."

"We had some chances to score in the first-half as did Pohang, but the first-half finished scoreless. I think that against a team like Pohang, you can't afford to miss any chances. Pohang are a decent team and they have a lot of experience in the AFC Champions League. In the second-half, the first goal killed the game for us."