Kashima Antlers have to come from behind to get to the semiKashima Antlers conceded the first goal to Mexican side CD Guadalajara meaning they had to do things the hard way and come from behind to get through to the semis of the Club World Cup. After being a goal behind, they managed to race into a 3-1 lead before scoring an own goal in injury time that gave CD Guadalajara some brief hope but time wasn't on their side and the game ended 3-2 to the AFC Champions League winners.
They now go on to face Real Madrid which will be a repeat of the 2016 Club World Cup Final where Antlers give Madrid an almighty scare, eventually succumbing to a 4-2 defeat in extra time. Will Madrid take the Japanese lightly again after experiencing a final like that, where they'd expect to piss it, we will have to wait until Wednesday to find out obviously, but we believe Madrid won't be pissing it even though most of the world will expect them to.
The Club World Cup doesn't carry much significance in Europe, but outside of Europe it seems to be a big thing, maybe because their teams get to test themselves against the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona and the likes whereas they'll never get the chance to in any other competition they're eligible to play in.
The winner of the Kashima Antlers - Real Madrid semi will play the winner from the other match between Al Ain and River Plate.