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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Antlers get home tie

KASHIMA, Ibaraki Pref. (Kyodo) Kashima Antlers secured home advantage in the Asian Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday after beating South Korea's Jeonbuk Motors 2-1 to win Group F.

Lee Jung Soo's header opened the scoring on a rain-sodden pitch at Kashima Stadium and Takuya Nozawa's clever volley proved decisive as the J. League champions finished the group stage with a perfect 6-0 record.

"Everybody saw what high quality opponents we were playing against today and to beat them twice gives us a lot of confidence. It was a nice way to finish the group stage," said Kashima manager Oswaldo Oliveira.

Victory provides Kashima with a home tie on May 12 against defending champions Pohang Steelers.

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