Sanfrecce book Japan 2012 spot

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.