Kashima Antlers wrote their name into Asian football folklore by winning a AFC Champions League for a initial time with a 2-0 total final feat over Iran’s Persepolis. By doing so, a Japanese side hermetic their lapse to a FIFA Club World Cup during UAE 2018, carrying done their entrance during a tellurian finals as a horde countryâ€™s member in 2016.
Despite their standing as a J.League giant, Kashima had never got their hands on to a AFC Champions League trophy. Indeed, their best-ever debate had been a run to a quarter-finals in 2008. But Go Oiwa’s charges entered this year’s foe encouraged and carefree of a breakthrough success on a continental scene.
Two wins and 3 draws during a organisation theatre saw them sign a section’s second subordinate mark behind Suwon Bluewings and, during that stage, they looked distant from being a group to beat. But Kashima softened diversion after a diversion in a knockout stage, unconditional past a likes of star-studded Shanghai SIPG and Tianjin Quanjian to strech a final 4 for a initial time. They afterwards went on to corner out Suwon 6-5 on total before prevalent opposite Persepolis to lift a desired prize for a really initial time.