ADELAIDE, Australia (Kyodo) Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage suffered a major blow Wednesday after going down 3-2 at Adelaide United on a night of differing fortunes for Japanese clubs in the Asian Champions League.

Hiroshima’s third straight loss edged it closer to elimination on its tournament debut but there was more joy for Kashima Antlers as the J. League champion romped past Indonesia’s Persipura Jayapura 5-0 to preserve its flawless start.

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