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Kashima Antlers reach Club World Cup quarters

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By Euronews
Kashima Antlers reach Club World Cup quarters

<p>Kashima Antlers qualified for the quarter finals of the <span class="caps">FIFA</span> Club World Cup following a come-from-behind play off victory over Auckland City.</p> <p>The 100th Club World cup match took place in Yokohama, Japan and for the first time in a <span class="caps">FIFA</span> competition TV replays were used.</p> <p>Despite Kashima enjoying the lion’s share of possession in the first-half it was the New Zealanders of Auckland who broke the deadlock first.</p> <p>Kim Dae-wook headed home an Emiliano Tade free-kick to open the scoring on 50 minutes.</p> <p>But 17 minutes later and much to the delight of the mainly Japanese crowd, J1 League champions Kashima Antlers were back on level terms.</p> <p>Second-half sub Shuhei Akasaki managed to shoot his way through the parked bus Auckland had deployed in vain to keep their slender lead.</p> <p>Just as the match looked destined for extra-time, Mu Kanazaki headed home from close range to seal a 2-1 win and fire Kashima into the quarter finals where they will meet the South Africans of Mamelodi Sundowns.</p> <p>The winner of that quarter final will meet Colombian club Atlético Nacional.</p> <p>The other quarter-final pits the South Koreans of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors against Mexican side América with the winners moving on to a last four encounter with Real Madrid.</p>