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Kashima Antlers eliminate Hulk and Shanghai SIPG from Asian Champions League

Kashima Antlers celebrate after scoring a goal against Shanghai SIPG in the Asian Champions League.
Kashima Antlers players celebrate after scoring a goal against Shanghai SIPG in the ACL.

Japan's Kashima Antlers booked their place in the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday evening, securing a 4-3 aggregate win over Shanghai SIPG despite losing 2-1 in their meeting in China on Wednesday evening.

With the win, Kashima qualified for the last eight of the competition for the first time since 2008 and won a tie in the knockout rounds for the first time since the Asian Champions League was created in 2002.

SIPG crashed out despite a brace from Brazilian Hulk, who returned...

Kashima Antlers fail to win J-League title with Kashiwa Reysol draw

Kashima Antlers dejected
Kashima Antlers look dejected at the final whistle.

Kashima Antlers missed a chance to secure their record ninth J-League title on Sunday after being held to a 0-0 draw at home against Kashiwa Reysol.

A win for Antlers would have secured the title with one game remaining.

Kashima are five points clear of second-placed Kawasaki Frontale, who must beat newly crowned Asian Champions League winners Urawa Reds away on Wednesday to keep their own title hopes alive.

Antlers' final game of the season is away to Jubilo Iwata on Dec. 2, while Kawasaki are...

 By John Duerden

Paulinho hero as Guangzhou Evergrande move into ACL quarters

A second-half strike from Paulinho was enough to give Guangzhou Evergrande a place in the last eight of the AFC Champions League, despite a 2-1 second-leg loss at Kashima Antlers in Japan on Tuesday night.

With Guangzhou taking last week's first leg 1-0, the Brazilian international's intervention gave the visitors a vital away goal, and the advantage in this 2-2 aggregate second-round tie.

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Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 2Guangzhou Evergrande wins on Away Goals
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Kashima had much the better of the opening exchanges, asking questions of the team who have won the Chinese...