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Final, 2nd Leg Toyota Player of the Week: Kwoun Sun-tae

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The Korean custodian created history with a hat-trick of AFC Champions League winners' medals adding the 2018 edition to those he won with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in 2006 and 2016.

The 'keeper had a night to remember in Tehran as he earned a second consecutive clean sheet, meaning Kashima's 2-0 first leg win in Japan proved sufficient to see them take the continental title.

Kwoun recorded six saves and completed 33 successful passes to register an 8.1 rating to top the rankings for the Toyota Player of the Week.

Second in this week’s ranking is the opposing skipper Seyed Jalal Hosseini (below), who put in a captain's performance for Persepolis but was unfortunate to be on the losing side.

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A defender by trade, Hosseini had managed to score vital second leg goals in the Round of 16 and the quarter-finals, but this time he was unable to find a moment of inspiration in the attacking areas of the field, despite having a shot on goal.

The 36-year-old was, as ever a colossus in the backline, however, and won seven duels as well as making 51 passes - earning him a 7.0 rating.

Completing the top three in the Toyota Player of the Week for a second consecutive week is Persepolis defender Ali Mosleh (below), who won a week high nine duels.

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The versatile Mosleh was an important part of Persepolis' defensive efforts at the Azadi, where a goal for Kashima would have effectively killed off the tie. The 25-year-old also totaled 35 successful passes as he earned a 6.7 rating.

A third Persepolis defender is next as Mohammad Ansari came fourth in the week's ranking with a 6.6 rating. The Iranian had 40 successful passes and won four duels.

Rounding off the top five is Persepolis midfielder Bashar Resan, with the Iraq midfielder looking the man most likely to create in attack for the Tehran side. The 21-year-old had three shots on goal and made 43 successful passes to gain a 6.6 rating.

Kamal Kamyabinia comes in sixth with 6.5, while Persepolis' Shojae Khalilzadeh and Kashima Antlers' Leo Silva complete the top eight with ratings of 6.5 and 6.4 respectively.