The fifth match day of the 2017 AFC Champions League Group Stage wrapped up on Wednesday night with both Japanese representatives earning full points in resounding fashion.
Urawa Reds advanced to the Round of 16 with a 6-1 win over visiting Western Sydney Wanderers. Takahiro Sekine, Zlatan and Tadanari Lee made it 3-0 in the first half at Saitama Stadium, while Rafael Silva contributed a second-half brace capped off by Shinzo Koroki’s effort in stoppage time.
With 12 points from five matches, 2007 champions Reds will join Shanghai SIPG, who are in second place in Group F on goal difference, in the knockout stage.
Playing away at Ulsan Hyundai, Kashima Antlers also clinched their spot in the Round of 16 with a 4-0 victory.
Following a first half that finished 0-0, Mu Kanazaki and Pedro Junior combined to make it 2-0 before the hour mark. Kanazaki again found the back of the net in the 67th minute, with Leo Silva making the result unquestionable with his 90th-minute goal.
Second-place Antlers will host Group E leaders Muangthong United, who lead by two points, in the group stage finale on May 10.