J-League wrap: Kashiwa lead cut

Surprise J-League leaders Kashiwa Reysol suffered their second defeat of the season on Wednesday, going down 3-0 against Jubilo Iwata.Hidetaka Kanazono’s opening goal and a brace from striker Ryoichi Maeda secured all three points for visitors Jubilo at the Kashiwa Hitachi Stadium.

Kashiwa, promoted from the second tier last season, remain top, but saw their lead cut to just two points following Vegalta Sendai’s 2-1 win at home to Gamba Osaka.

Shingo Akamine struck the winner for Vegalta four minutes from time after Gamba’s Brazilian forward Adriano had earlier cancelled out Noaki Sugai’s opener.

In other matches, Kawasaki Frontale smashed Omiya Ardija 5-0 away from home.

First-half goals from Yusuke Tasaka and Yusuke Igawa sent Kawasaki in 2-0 up at the half-time break, before Yu Kobayashi, Takuro Yajima and Koji Yamase completed the rout in the second half.

Nagoya Grampus were also big winners, dispatching Albirex Niigata 4-0 at home, with Australian centre-forward Josh Kennedy bagging a double for the home side.

The was late drama in Shimizu S-Pulse’s match at home to Montedio Yamagata – the visitors, trailing to Naohiro Takahara’s opener, looked to have grabbed a point when Tetsuya Okubo levelled with a penalty on 88 minutes.

But there was still time for Alex Brosque to convert a 90th-minute spot kick of his own, sealing a dramatic 2-1 win for Shimizu.

Yokohama F. Marinos came away from their visit to Cerezo Osaka with all three points after Kim-Kun Hoan broke a long deadlock with the only goal of the match nine minutes from time.

Ventforet Kofu also sealed a late 1-0 win in their match away to Kashima Antlers, with Mike Havenaar netting in the 89th minute.

Vissel Kobe were held to a 0-0 draw in their match at home to Avispa Fukuoka, while Urawa Reds also played out a goalless draw away to Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

 


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