Japan’s Kashima Antlers took a vast step towards clinching their initial ever AFC Champions League pretension after sealing a 2-0 win over Persepolis of Iran in a first-leg of a continental final.
Second-half goals from Silva and Serginho saw them put themselves in stick position to strech a FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018, carrying enjoyed a bold run to a final in 2016 on home dirt as Japanese champions.
Both sides were enjoying their initial ambience of a Champions League final and Persepolis started this confront a brighter, however, spurning a gilt-edged possibility inside 5 minutes. Ali Alipour found himself all alone in front of idea 8 yards out. However, a drastic shifting retard from Jung Seunghyun prevented a home throng from an early set-back, as Kashima weathered an early storm.