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Kashima Antlers lift Emperor's Cup to secure domestic double

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Kashima Antlers lift Emperor's Cup to secure domestic double

Kashima Antlers lift Emperor's Cup to secure domestic double

JIJI PRESS

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Kashima, beaten by Real Madrid in December's Club World Cup final, saw off Kawasaki Frontale to add the cup to their eighth league title.

Kashima Antlers completed Japan's domestic double on Sunday by defeating Kawasaki Frontale 2-1 in the Emperor's Cup final in Suita.

Dos Santos secures cup in extra time

Kashima, who sealed their eighth J-League title last month, beat Kawasaki as Fabricio dos Santos Messias struck the winner in the fourth minute of extra time.

"All I was thinking was to help the team as a member and that led to the goal," the Brazilian midfielder told public broadcaster NHK. "I'm very happy."

"The players really wanted to win this title," added Kashima coach Masatada Ishii.

Kashima Antlers captain Mitsuo Ogasawara (centre) raises the Emperor's Cup trophy.

First side from Japan to make Club World Cup final

Two weeks ago, Kashima became the first Japanese team to reach the final of the FIFA Club World Cup after downing South American champions Atlético Nacional.

They lost 4-2 to Real Madrid in the trophy decider in Yokohama as Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick.

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