Sanfrecce Hiroshima have secured the final berth at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan after being crowned champions of the J.League with one round to spare.
A 4-1 victory over Cerezo Osaka on Saturday gave Sanfrecce an unassailable four-point advantage ahead of Vegalta Sendai, and with it their maiden J.League title.
The Japanese champions will now represent the host nation at December’s tournament, beginning with a tie against Auckland City on 6 December in Yokohama.
Al-Ahly, Chelsea, Corinthians, Monterrey and Ulsan Hyundai have also qualified for the competition, which concludes on 16 December.
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