The latest news from Kashima Antlers
We take a look ahead to Wednesday's Club World Cup semi-final encounter between Asian Champions Kashima Antlers and European Champions Real Madrid from Abu Dhabi.
Real Madrid will face Kashima Antlers in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals after the AFC Champions League winners beat Guadalajara.
Japan's Kashima Antlers won the Asian Champions League for the first time in their history with a 2-0 aggregate victory after their return leg against Iranian giants Persepolis ended in a goalless draw Saturday.
Kashima Antlers came from 2-0 down to secure a 3-2 victory over Suwon Bluewings and seize the advantage in the AFC Champions League semis.
Tianjin Quanjian were no match for Kashima Antlers, whose 3-0 win sealed a 5-0 aggregate victory and an AFC Champions League last-four spot.
Al Duhail continued their impressive march in the AFC Champions League quarter-finals Tuesday when the Qataris defeated Iranian side Persepolis 1-0 at home to match a six-year-old record of successive wins in the competition.
Kashima Antlers boosted their hopes of reaching the AFC Champions League semi-finals, while Al Duhail also triumphed on Tuesday.
Anthony Modeste and Axel Witsel played a large part in Tianjin Quanjian's arrival in the Asian Champions League quarter-finals, but they must now play the match without the star pair.
Andres Iniesta became the latest big-name player to join the J-League after he confirmed his move to Vissel Kobe on Thursday. We take a look at the top six big names who have graced Japanese shores.