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Reuters, TOYOTA, Japan

Japanese champions Kashiwa Reysol upset Mexico’s Monterrey 4-3 in a penalty shootout yesterday to set up a Club World Cup semi-final against Brazil’s Santos.

Locked at 1-1 after extra-time, Ryohei Hayashi smashed home the deciding spot-kick to send Reysol through to the semi on Wednesday.

Brazilian striker Leandro Domingues gave Reysol the lead after 53 minutes, the J-League Player of the Year drilling a superb right-footed volley into the top corner.

However, it took Monterrey only five minutes to equalize, Chile striker Humberto Suazo ghosting into space at the far post to ram home a cross from Cesar Delgado.

Suazo had earlier rattled the post with a left-footed drive and he was a constant menace, but Reysol hung on to become the third J-League club to reach the semi-finals.

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