The Japanese side outplayed their New Zealand rivals for much of the game but in the end it took a special strike to seal them victory. You can watch the goal below...
Players from Monterrey, Al-Ahly, Corinthians, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Ulsan Hyundai all feature in in our list of players to keep an eye on in Japan; apart from those playing for Chelsea of course.
The J.League champions qualify as hosts and the technically gifted side face Auckland City of New Zealand in the opening play-off fixture. What should you expect from the Japanese champions?