Kashima Antlers' Mu Kanazaki, center, celebrates after scoring a goal Auckland City during their match at the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
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Substitute Mu Kanazaki snatched a late winner as Japanese champions Kashima Antlers survived a scare to reach the Club World Cup quarterfinals Thursday, beating Auckland City 2-1 .The 100th match in Club World Cup history – the "amuse-bouche" before the likes of Real Madrid join the seven-team competition – also featured the first-ever trial of video assistant referees.Another substitute, Shuhei Akasaki, slammed in Kashima's equalizer in the 67th minute and Japan striker Kanazaki nodded in from close range two minutes from time to complete the comeback.The Antlers, who won their eighth J-League title last weekend, face South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns this weekend for the right to take on Colombia's Atletico Nacional, the South American Libertadores Cup holders, in the first semifinal on Dec. 14 .
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