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FIFA: Santos ends Kashiwa dream; Monterrey wins 5th place

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Kashiwa Reysol's FIFA Club World Cup dream ended today at the hands of South American champions Santos FC. Neymar was amongst the goals for the Brazilians as they claimed a 3-1 win against the J-League champions whilst earlier in the day North and Central American champions Monterrey CF won the 5th/6th place play-off, getting the better of African champions Espérance Tunis by the odd goal in five.

FIFA: Kashiwa and Al Sadd through to semis; Barça win El Clásico

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Kashiwa Reysol and Al Sadd have booked their semi-final places in the FIFA Club World Cup following hard fought victories over Monterrey CF and Esperance Tunis respectively.

Kashiwa, representing the host nation Japan as the 2011 J-League champions, needed a penalty shoot-out to get past North and Central American champions Monterrey after the two teams had played out a 1-1 draw.

FIFA: Club World Cup Team Guide – Espérance Tunis

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Tunisian giants Espérance will make their maiden appearance in the FIFA Club World Cup following their second CAF Champions League title win, their first such title for seventeen years, which was achieved with a 1-0 aggregate victory over Moroccans WAC Casablanca in the final. Should the Tunis based side overcome the challenge of Asian champions Al Sadd in the quarter-finals, a glamour tie against UEFA Champions League winners FC Barcelona will be on the cards for one of Africa's most famous clubs.

CAF: TP Mazembe celebrate successive Champions League triumphs (+video)

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TP Mazembe have won back-to-back CAF Champions League titles

Following a 5-0 victory in the first leg of this year's final it was no surprise to see defending CAF Champions League holders TP Mazembe lift the trophy for a second consecutive running. Their 1-1 draw away at Tunisian giants Espérance in yesterday's second leg gave the Congan side their fourth title overall in African football's showpiece tournament.

TP Mazembe – Champions of Africa?

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"Today, our morale is on top. I think we are capable of scoring three goals by half time." Espérance striker Khaled Ayari.

Positivity. Positivity is always a good thing. In this case however even blind, optimistic, the-world-is-our-oyster-and-nothing-can-possibly-go-wrong Disneyland levels of positivity may not be enough.

CAF: Five goal Mazembe with one hand on the trophy (+video)

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Defending African champions TP Mazembe have already as good as won the CAF Champions League for a second successive year, and fourth title overall, following their 5-0 demolition of Tunisian champions Espérance.

In an amazing first leg to this year's CAF Champions League final the Congolese side took to the field at their home Stade de la Kenya in the town of Lubumbashi and they certainly didn't disappoint.

TP Mazembe vs North African dominance – CAF Champions League 2010 semi-finals

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Can TP Mazembe retain their trophy?

The 2010 African Champions League semi-finals have a very Maghreb/Egyptian feel to them this year. Perhaps this should come as no surprise.

CAF: Group stages end in Champions League; ConFed Cup Review

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JS Kabylie had the best record in the Champions League group stages

With the identity of all four semi-finalists known the final matchday in the CAF Champions League group stages was a little anti-climatic but there were still points to play for as teams jostled either for the leadership of the group or to avoid the wooden spoon.

Al-Ahly 1-1 JS Kabylie: Canaries through to African Champions League semi final

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JS Kabylie survived a hostile environment and an attacking onslaught from opponents Al-Ahly to draw 1-1 and qualify for the last four of the 2010 African Champions League.

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Listening Report: The Club World Cup

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It\'s Club World Cup time - who is in and who will win? Check out the latest listening report from languagecaster

TP Mazembe Defends African Champions League Title While Esperance Fans Redecorate

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This is what could be described as "the formality leg". After the first end of the African Champions League final, TP Mazembe was cruising with a 5-0 lead. What you'd have to consider to be typically insurmountable at this stage of a large competition, and lo, it was. A simple 1-1 draw was all they required for a second straight African CL title for the second time in their history.