Sundowns crash out of Fifa Club World Cup

Denis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns reacts after conceding the first goal during the FIFA Club World Cup Quarter Final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kashima Antlers at Suita City Football Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Suita, Japan.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Denis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns reacts after conceding the first goal during the FIFA Club World Cup Quarter Final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kashima Antlers at Suita City Football Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Suita, Japan. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Sundowns failed to reach the semifinals of the Fifa Club World Cup after going down 2-0 to Kashima Antlers.

The Brazilians were defeated by the Japanese side in a quarterfinal match played at the Suita City Football Stadium in Osaka on Sunday afternoon.

Masandawana will now play Jeonbuk in a fifth-place play-off match after both sides failed to progress to the semifinals, while the J-League champions will face Colombian side Atletico Nacional in the semifinal to be played on Wednesday.

Yashusi Enzo opened the scoring in the 63rd minute, and substitute Mu Kanazaki scored the winner in the dying minutes of the game.

It was not for a lack of trying for Sundowns, who dominated the first half, keeping the home side at bay as they went into the break without a shot on target.

The first attempt at goal was taken by Tiyani Mabunda as the Brazilians got a free kick in the 20th minute, with captain Hlompho Kekana standing over it, finding Wayne Arendse who headed the ball into the hands of Sogahata.

A few minutes later, Percy Tau burst through from midfield with a promising run, but he couldn’t beat Sogahata.

Hlompho Kekana, who scored a Fifa Puskas Award-nominated goal for his 25-yard strike against Cameroon, released a thunderous long range shot. However, his efforts did not trouble Sogahata.

The match continued to excite, with the J-League champions almost snatching the lead in the 56th minute, as a goal-bound strike was cleared off the line by Tebogo Langerman.

Arendse cleared another goal-bound strike off the line moments later.

Pitso Mosimane introduced the likes of Anthony Laffor, Siyanda Zwane and Sibusiso Vilakazi, but his troops couldn’t find a way back into the game.

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