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Kashima Antlers make history by reaching Club World Cup final


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Kashima Antlers make history by reaching Club World Cup final

Kashima Antlers became the first Asian team to reach the final of the FIFA Club World Cup after the Japanese side beat Colombia’s Atletico Nacional 3-0 in the semis in Osaka.

Kashima also became the very first team to benefit from a video replay in a Fifa competition.

Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai halted the game after his assistant alerted him to an incident inside the box in the 31st minute.

After viewing footage on a pitchside monitor he awarded a penalty to Kashima.

Up stepped Shoma Doi, who slotted home the spot-kick to give his J1 League side the lead.

Although Atletico dominated much of the game Kashima would scored two late goals to seal a comprehensive victory.

The second came from Yasushi Endo with seven minutes left.

Endo took full advantage after winning a duel with the goalkeeper to cooly backheel into an open net and double the lead.

Two minutes later Yuma Suzuki added a third for the Antlers tapping home a low cross to seal the win and a final showdown on Sunday with either the Spaniards of Real Madrid or the Mexicans of Club America.

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