Kashima Antlers follow up ACL loss with another defeat
Kashima Antlers could not redeem themselves from their midweek Asian Champions League loss to Suwon Bluewings.
The Antlers were thoroughly outplayed by the Koreans, eventually losing 4-1, and were looking to hit back in the domestic competition on the weekend.
However, they met a spirited Albirex Niigata outfit who surprisingly defeated them 2-1.
Niigata took the lead within the first ten minutes through Toshiro Matsushita and a second shortly after by Pedro Junior was enough to get the points as Kashima could only grab a late consolation goal through Daiki Iwamasa.
Kashima meets Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua away on Wednesday, coming off a 4-1 win over Singapore Armed Forces last week.