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Two goals in injury time as Kashima edge thriller

Seoul, South Korea: Brazilian forward Serginho belted a late winner as 10-man title-holders Kashima Antlers scored twice in injury time to beat South Korea's Gyeongnam FC 3-2 on Tuesday.

The Japanese visitors were trailing 2-1 in the dying seconds before Takeshi Kanamori's volley put them level and Serginho struck in the 93rd minute to pull off a stunning win.

The last-gasp victory, despite having Tomoya Inukai sent off, and after own goals by both teams, extends the Group E table-toppers' unbeaten run to nine games in the AFC Champions League.

A niggly first half in rain-soaked Changwon ended with Kashima goalkeeper Kwoun Sun-tae being stretchered off after an inadvertent stamp by Gyeongnam's Lee Kwang-jin.

Kashima's Inukai was yellow-carded for elbowing Lee but there was worse to come for the defender on 56 minutes when he dived to direct a header low and into his own goal.

Ko Kyung-min hit the post for the hosts before English midfielder Jordon Mutch's volley from a corner put them 2-0 up and on course for an upset with 19 minutes to play.

Gyeongnam defender Woo Ju-sung scored the game's second own goal, again from a header, to make it 2-1 but Kashima's hopes of a comeback were rocked when Inukai received his second yellow card after an aerial challenge with Serginho.

However, Kanamori scored from close range on 91 minutes, and two minutes later Serginho unleashed a turn-and-shot that fizzed into the top corner to seal a thrilling comeback.

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