Kashima Antlers make history by reaching Club World Cup final

Kashima Antlers make history by reaching Club World Cup final
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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…

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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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