Japanese outfit Sanfrecce Hiroshima set up a clash with River Plate in the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals by overcoming TP Mazembe 3-0 at Nagai Stadium in Osaka on Sunday.
Mazembe, the African Champions League winners and CWC finalists five years ago, dominated the J.League champions for long periods but lacked a killer touch.
Tsukasa Shiotani and Kazuhiko Chiba both scored following corners and Takuma Asano added the third as Sanfrecce earned a tie against South American giants on December 16.
“We scored our first goal at a great time. In the first half they were pressing us, penning us back in our own half and winning many corner kicks which we had to defend well,” Japanese coach Hajime Moriyasu assessed the game.
“Although we had possession, we found it difficult to create chances because of their strength. I was really pleased with how disciplined we were.
“Our patience was crucial – and, once again, my players stuck to the game plan extremely well. They were smart and clever and fully deserved the win,” he concluded.