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Reigning J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima reached the knockout phase of the Asian Champions League for the first time on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over 10-man Central Coast Mariners of Australia in their final Group F game.

Cerezo Osaka joined them in the round of 16, on a triumphant night for Japanese clubs, with Uruguay forward Diego Forlan striking the winner in a 2-1 victory away to China’s Shandong Luneng in Group E.

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