J.League champions Kashiwa Reysol moved into a quarter-final against Monterrey at the FIFA Club World Cup after beating Auckland City.
Junya Tanaka and Masato Kudo grabbed first-half goals for the home team to end
the Oceanic champions' participation.
Tanaka put Kashiwa ahead after 37 minutes when he took a pass from Wataru
Hashimoto before beating two defenders and firing a left-footed effort past
Auckland goalkeeper Jacob Spoonley at his near post.
It was 2-0 three minutes later as Kudo reacted first after Hiroki Sakai headed
Leandro Domingues' free-kick on to a post.
The New Zealanders poured forward in the second half but could not break down
the Kashiwa defence. Dave Mulligan came closest for Auckland but saw his
free-kick superbly saved by home keeper Kazushige Kirihata.
Kashiwa will now meet CONCACAF champions Monterrey on Sunday for the right to
meet Santos, the champions of South America, in the last four.
The other last-four tie will pit either Asian heavyweights Al-Sadd or African
champions Esperance against Barcelona.