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Kashima move into first place in J-League

Kashima move into first place in J-League

Three-time defending champion Kashima Antlers defeated Kawasaki Frontale 2-1 on the weekend to move atop the J-League standings.
South Korean defender Lee Jung-soo scored the winning goal with a header in the 77th minute as Kashima moved into first place with 27 points, one ahead of Shimizu S-Pulse which relinquished the league lead after a goalless draw with Jubilo Iwata.
Kashima took the lead in the 21st minute Saturday through Brazilian midfielder Fellype Gabriel but Masaru Kurotsu equalized in the 39th minute.
Elsewhere, Australian striker Josh Kennedy scored the lone goal in the 76th minute to lead third-placed Nagoya Grampus to a 1-0 win over lowly Omiya Ardija.
Marcio Richardes, meanwhile, scored an equalizer in the 56th minute as Albirex Niigata salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with Cerezo Osaka in a mid-table clash. Adriano, also from Brazil, gave Osaka the lead in the final minute of the first half.
Japan forward Yoshito Okubo scored in injury time as Vissel Kobe erased a two-goal deficit for a 2-2 draw with FC Tokyo.
Early goals from Yohei Kajiyama and Yohei Otake had given Tokyo a 2-0 lead but Brazilian Botti started the comeback with a goal in the 84th minute.
Yuzo Tashiro scored a pair of goals in the second half to lead Montedio Yamagata to a 3-1 win over Vegalta Sendai.


Updated : 2021-04-17 23:45 GMT+08:00