Kashima Antlers win Asian Champions Lge


Kashima Antlers are the champions of Asian club football after winning the AFC Champions League for the first time in their history with a 2-0 win over defending champions Al-Ahli Saudi, to become the first Japanese victors since 2008. In front of a crowd of 40,728, Makoto Miino opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute when he steered a Fumito Kinashita cross past the diving Al-Ahli ‘keeper.

Taishi Nishimura, on as a second-half substitute for the injured Daiki Yokota – who’d only been on the pitch six minutes – smashed home a low shot from just outside the area with 25 minutes to go to double the lead, just as Ah-Ahli started to step-up the pace in search of an equaliser.

75-afc_clWith little action inside the final quarter, it was Antlers captain Kunihiro Kotegawa who lifted the trophy after keeping a clean sheet. Former-Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan of UAE side Al-Ain wins the Golden Boot after his 11 goals in 11 appearances.