Football: J2 Ventforet advance in Asian Champions League

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Emperor’s Cup champions Ventforet Kofu became the first Japanese second-division team in the history of the Asian Champions League to advance to the knockout stage, sealing the top spot in Group H with a 3-2 win Tuesday over Thailand’s Buriram United.

Ventforet finished the group with three wins, two draws and a loss, taking a 3-0 first-half lead at Buriram Stadium with well-traveled forward Peter Utaka scoring a brace and keeper Kohei Kawata making a save on a potential 88th-minute equalizer.

Motoki Hasegawa gave the visitors the lead 24 minutes in, dispossessing a defender and firing home fr...

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