One half of this year’s FIFA Club World Cup final was determined on Wednesday, while history was made during the match.
The Kashima Antlers punched their ticket to the competition’s finale after defeating South American side Atletico Nacional, 3-0.
With the victory, the Japanese club will either face Real Madrid or Club America in the tournament final on Sunday.
Kashima took the lead in the 33rd minute after a historic moment occurred when a video assistant referee (VAR) decision was used to determine a penalty kick. Shouma Doi converted the ensuing spot kick, before Yasushi Endoh and Yuma Suzuki tacked on insurance for the team playing on home soil.
Meanwhile, Jeonbuk captured fifth place in the tournament after a convincing 4-1 win over South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns saw the South Korean club take home the honors.
A trio of first-half finishes gave Jeonbuk a decisive advantage before the halftime, while a late tally from Kim Shin-Wook ensured the victory would go the side’s way.
Mamelodi pulled a goal back through Percy Tau three minutes into the second stanza, but any potential comeback attempt was halted by Shin-Wook’s late strike.Follow @MattReedFutbol