J-League wrap: Yokohama, Jubilo strike form

Yokohama F Marinos struck four times in the first half on their way to a 4-0 thrashing of Ventforet Kofu in the J-League on Saturday.Striker Masashi Oguro struck a brace after midfielder Hiroyuki Taniguchi and forward Kazuma Watanabe had opened up a two-goal buffer as Marinos romped to a comfortable win.

Taniguchi had given his side an 11th-minute lead before Watanabe doubled the advantage six minutes later.

When Oguro provided two more, the second coming five minutes before the interval, the result was sealed and left Ventforet in 12th, just a point clear of the relegation zone.

Jubilo Iwata were similarly impressive early as they waltzed to a 4-1 win over the struggle Avispa Fukuoka.

Ryohei Yamazaki, Ryoichi Maeda and Shuto Yamamoto all struck in the first 35 minutes.

Maeda completed his brace four minutes into the second half to set up a 4-0 lead, although Hideya Okamoto scored a late consolation goal for Avispa Fukuoka, who are without a point and languishing at the bottom of the table.

Urawa Reds came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw against Kashima Antlers.

The Reds are winless in their last five outings but it could have been worse if not for two quick goals in the space of three second-half minutes.

Shunki Takahashi and Mazola pulled two goals back in the 67th and 69th minutes respectively after Daigo Nishi and Chikashi Masuda had given Antlers a 2-0 lead.

Elsewhere, Nagoya Grampus held first-placed Kashiwa Reysol to a 0-0 draw, Gamba Osaka had a brace from Brazilian striker Adriano to thank for their 2-1 win over Albirex Niigata and Vissel Kobe enjoyed a 1-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

 


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