As a terrible soccer player but self proclaimed master of FIFA I was extremely excited to find out that the club world cup was beings held while we were in Japan. With only one game being played while here tickets were grabbed to see the Kashima Antlers, winners of the Japan Cup, face off against Auckland City FC.
Supporting the home team against New Zealand like any good Australian proved to be a smart decision. The Antlers ended up winning 2-1 with an 88 minute goal to secure the win. While the stadium didn’t look packed out, due to this being one of the first games of the cup, the crowd was in full football mode and kept the noise up all game. Although I will miss the rest of the games I hope the Antlers come through with a few more victories.