HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chief coach Kasim Antlers Go Oiwa has announced a Japanese side game in Iran to win the first Asian title of the Champions League, which was more fulfilled than Real Madrid would run until the end of the FIFA Club World Cup before two years.
Kashima won his first continental title with a strong result with Persepolis on the impressive Azadi stadium on Saturday when he won the 2-0 victory at the home championship last week.
With victory, the Oiwa team became the second Japanese club in a row to win the Asian Champions League League after the success of Urawa Reds in 2017 when Kashima earned another trip to the World Cup in the FIFA club in the United Arab Emirates next month.
"I am so proud to have won the title of the Asian Champions League for the first time," Oiwa told reporters.
"Two years ago, we played Real Madrid in the FIFA World Cup final, but for tonight, I'm satisfied with winning because they won the title.
"The name of Kashima Antlers will now echo throughout Asia."
Oiwa was assistant coach when Kashima, who qualified for the winner J. Leagu, reached the finals of the FIFA Club 2016 World Championships in the domestic championship and assumed leadership when Masatada Ishii was fired six months later.
In this final, Cristiano Ronaldo with Hat-trick brought Real to win 4-2 in Yokohama and Antlers could meet again with the Spanish giant in the semi-finals of the World Tournament next month if they find a way past Mexican Guadalajara.
The Asian title of the Antlers was based on an impressive win in the first part, when the Brazilian duo Leo Silva and Serginho won an eight-time Japanese championship an important advantage for the second leg of the 80,000 fans in Tehran.
In spite of the joint efforts of Branko Ivanković, who returned to the tie, he constantly threatened with attacker Ali Alipur, he decided to become the third Japanese club to win the league of Asia since its inception in 2002.
"It was a very difficult game, but my players were very mobile, they fought well and I'm happy with the result. I lost my voice, but it's worth it," Oiwa added.
"Persepolis was the strongest team we played in the League of Asian Championships this year. It's not just a team and tactics, but also their fans who were magnificent.
"I said that our goal was to win at the Azadi stadium, but we all saw how difficult it is to play Persepolis in the home side. I want them all the best."
(Michaele Church Report, editing John O'Brien)