KASHIMA – Japanese double winners Kashima Antlers continued their red-hot start to the season with a 6-0 demolition of Vietnam’s Nam Dinh in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night.
Doubles from Masashi Motoyama and Marquinhos and goals from Yuzo Tashiro and Danilo made it two wins out of two for Kashima in Group F and completed a triumphant night for Japanese clubs as Gamba Osaka picked up its first win in Group G with a thrilling 4-3 defeat of South Korea’s Chunnam Dragons.
Kashima came into the match on the back of three wins in as many competitive games this term, sandwiching last week’s 9-1 win away to Krung Thai Bank between J. League victories over Consadole Sapporo and Tokyo Verdy.
And Oswaldo Oliveira’s men were never in danger of seeing their perfect start ended as they controlled from start to finish at a sparsely populated Kashima Stadium.
Motoyama got the ball rolling in the 26th minute when he teed up a pass from Marquinhos and beat Bui Quang Huy with a dipping shot from the edge of the box.
But despite their dominance, the Antlers were unable to extend their lead until four minutes after the interval. Marqunihos had a valid claim for a penalty waved away by Lebanese referee Mohamad Mansour but justice was done when Motoyama cut inside two defenders to drive past Bui at his near post.
Marquinhos headed home Takuya Nozawa’s cross to kill the game as a contest on 58 minutes and then met Atsuto Uchida’s ball into the box for his second of the night and fifth of the tournament 10 minutes later. Tashiro headed home the fifth before substitute Danilo completed the rout deep into stoppage time.
China’s Beijing Guoan hosted Krung Thai Bank of Thailand in a later kick off in Group F.
“It was a good win,” said Kashima manager Oliveira. “Our goal is to get through the group and it looks like we will be battling it out for the group with Beijing. Hopefully we can beat them at home in our next game.”
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