0750 GMT December 11, 2019
The holder struck first in the sixth minute through the tournament’s leading scorer Hossein Tayebi but was pegged back by a dogged Nagoya as Yoshio Sakai’s goal four minutes from halftime took the sides in level, the-afc.com reported.
Saeed Abbasi missed a second-half penalty for Tasisat before Koichi Saito put Nagoya in front early in extra time only for veteran Vahid Shamsaei to level in the second period.
After four successful spot kicks Abbasi’s miserable evening continued as Yushi Sekiguchi kept him out and Brazilian Serginho powered home.
Up next for Nagoya is the UAE's Dibba Al Hissin, which defeated Al-Sadd of Qatar 6-2 in its quarterfinal to advance to the last four of the continental competition on its tournament debut.
In a repeat of the 2015 quarterfinal, Nagoya began full of purpose and Sakai fired just wide when he had its first sight on goal inside two minutes.
Tasisat came back strongly and Tayebi was denied by an excellent save from Sekiguchi on five minutes, before he bundled Reza Sangsefidi’s low cross from the left into the back of the net seconds later for his sixth goal of the campaign.
Two-time champion Nagoya almost equalized on 12 minutes after Serginho’s long ball was headed into the path of Masaya Hashimoto by Kiyoto Yagi, but Tasisat keeper Mostafa Nazari saved well from the purple-haired frontman.
But the Japanese side deservedly made it all square in the 16th minute when Sakai’s clever flick with his back to goal found the back of the net for his second goal in three games.
Full of energy, Nagoya was again quick out of the blocks after the restart, refusing to give its clearly rattled opponent any time on the ball and captain Ryuta Hoshi fired just wide on 25 minutes.
Tasisat was awarded the first penalty of the tournament in the 27th minute when Kento Tamura upended Abbasi, who subsequently saw his spot-kick saved by Sekiguchi before hitting the post with the rebound.
But as the half wore on it was Nagoya which began to control the flow of the play and Saito’s powerful left-foot effort was kept out by a brilliant one-handed save from Nazari with three minutes to play.
Nagoya then went in front a minute into extra time when Saito finished Tomoki Yoshikawa’s cross from close in.
Abbasi drilled just wide early in the second period as Tasisat pushed for an equalizer, before Shamsaei blasted home from distance on a power-play with two minutes to play as the game went to penalties.
Sangsefidi and Majid Raeisi scored for Tasisat, but Ryohei Ando and Yoshikawa leveled the game by netting their penalties. Abbasi then missed again from the spot to allow Serginho to win it with a well-struck penalty.