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Shuhei Akasaki hit the winner as the Kashima Antlers defeated Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0 to advance to the semifinals of the Emperor’s Cup on Saturday.

Akasaki struck with a clever finish in the 57th minute and goalkeeper Hitoshi Sogahata, one of the stars of Kashima’s magical run to last week’s Club World Cup final, saved a penalty soon after to help keep Kashima on course for a league and cup double.

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