- Kashima Antlers won the first victory of the AFC Champions League
- Goepess draw in Persepolis secures the title of the Japanese club
- Antlers will be next month at the FIFA Club World Cup next month
Kashima Antlers won first place in the AFC Champions League after having won another leg with Persepolis on IR Iran on Saturday, securing 2-0 overall success. Consequently, the Japanese club claims that Asia is joining the FIFA World Cup UAE 2018, after having debuted in 2016 at the World Finals.
Playing in front of a full and passionate audience at Azadi Stadium in Tehran, Kashima looked pretty comfortable during the half-time, despite Persepolis pushing ahead in search of goals.
The visitors had the first chance of a match but Shoma Doi could not find a shot with a low shot just a quarter of an hour ago.
Persepolis created opportunities in the final stages of the first 45 minutes, but Kashimoto's Korean Kwoun Suntae was similar to the efforts of Ali Alipour, Bashar Resan and Ahmad Nourollah.
The second half proved to be equally comfortable for J.League because Persepolis was trying to create clear opportunities after restarting. Alipour saw two attempts to miss the goal for the home side, and Resan tried to hit the Kashima wall free and started safety at the late stages.
Victory Kashime became the third Japanese party to win the top prize for Asian football after Urawa Red Diamonds (2007, 2017) and Gamba Osaka (2008).
As the winners of the AFC Champions League this year, Kashima joined Al Ain (hosts), CD Guadalajara (CONCACAF), Esperance de Tunis (CAF), Real Madrid (UEFA) and Team Wellington (OFC) to secure UAE 2018.