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Kashima Antlers dominate Newcastle Jet in ACL qualifying match

Newcastle Jets' chance of progressing into the AFC group stages were ended by a comprehensive 4-1 defeat to Kashima Antlers.

Newcastle Jets coach Ernie Merrick says his side were not at their best, but the class of Kashima Antlers was undeniable in the Jets' 4-1 Asian Champions League qualifying loss in Japan.

The defending ACL champions, who are yet to start their J-League campaign, were fast and clinical at Kashima Soccer Stadium on Tuesday to easily book their spot in Group E.

Brazilian Serginho scored a second-half brace, including a penalty, to end any hopes of a Jets' comeback.

Newcastle were buoyed by a surprise...

Persija Jakarta boss defends decision to select Marko Simic after assault charges laid against striker

Marko Simic
Marko Simic played a full match against the Newcastle Jets just hours after facing charges over an alleged assault of a woman.

Persija Jakarta coach Ivan Kolev has defended the decision to play striker Marko Simic in their AFC Champions League qualifier against Newcastle just hours after he faced charges over an alleged assault of a woman on the flight from Bali.

Simic, 31, faced Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday morning accused of common assault and an act of indecency on board Sunday's international flight to Sydney.

His case was adjourned to April 9 and he was released on conditional bail, which reportedly included...

Newcastle Jets beat Persija Jakarta to advance in Asian Champions League qualifier

Matthew Ridenton of the Newcastle Jets celebrates a goal with team mates
Matthew Ridenton celebrates his goal.

Newcastle Jets skipper Nigel Boogaard and substitute Matthew Ridenton were the extra-time heroes as the Jets beat Indonesian club Persija Jakarta 3-1 in the Asian Champions League qualifier at McDonald Jones Stadium on Tuesday night.

Boogaard struck in the 101st minute when Ben Kantarovski's header from a corner found him unmarked at the far post. Ridenton then kicked off celebrations in the 120th minute with a header off a Nick Cowburn free kick.

The visitors' best chance to take the lead came...