- Kashima Antlers wins the AFC Champions League crown
- Goefle's drawing with Persepolis guarantees the name of the Japanese club
- Antlers will repeat the FIFA Club World Cup next month
Kashima Antlers claimed the first AFC Champions League victory, while the other side of Persepolis IR-Iran on Saturday reached 0-0. As a result, the Japanese club claims the Asian FIFA Club World Cup in UAE 2018 and has started in the world finals by 2016.
Tasks At Teammar in front of the full and passionate crowd at the Azadi Stadium, Kashima looked pretty comfortable during his opening party, though Persepolis was pushing ahead in search of goals.
The visitors had the first chance of a match, but Shoma Doi did not find the goal in a low match just before the quarter.
Persepolis created opportunities for the first 45 minutes in the second stage but Kashima's Korean goalkeeper Kwoun Suntae was similar to Ali Alipour, Bashar Resan, and Ahmad Nourollahi.
The other side proved to be equally comfortable with the J.League equipment, as Persepolis struggled to create clear opportunities after the reboot. Alipour saw two attempts left behind, while Resan was given a free kick while trying to knock Kashima's wall and survive in the end.
Kashima's victory sees them third in half as Japanese to win the Asian Football Top Prize after Urawa Red Diamonds (2007, 2017) and Gamba Osaka (2008).
Like the winners of this year's AFC championships, Kashima will be joining Al Ain (hosts), CD Guadalajara (CONCACAF), Esperance de Tunis (CAF), Real Madrid (UEFA) and Team Wellington (OFC) at UAE 2018.