Leandro Damiao netted a hat trick as Kawasaki Frontale reached the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League on Thursday, beating Daegu FC of South Korea 3-1 for their fifth straight win to confirm their top spot in Group I.

Damiao made it 2-1 in the 64th minute after being set up by Yasuto Wakizaka for the Brazilian to slot home from inside the area, and the forward’s first-time effort flew high into the net in the 87th minute after Tokyo Olympic hopeful Kaoru Mitoma skipped past two defenders and cut back.

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