Women have been mainly prohibited from attending men's games and other sports events in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Persepolis was unable to recover from its 2-0 defeat in Japan a week earlier. Despite being backed by a sellout crowd of around 100,000 fans, Persepolis struggled to create chances.
Kashima appeared content to sit back and protect its first-leg advantage with Persepolis toothless in attack. Since the J-League's inaugural season in 1993, Kashima Antlers has been by far Japan's most successful club team, winning a record eight domestic titles.
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