SAITAMA – — Brazilian striker Salles atoned for his nightmare debut by firing Omiya Ardija to a 1-0 victory at home to Nagoya Grampus Eight in the J. League on Saturday.
Vissel defeated Chiba 2-1.
Salles’ 27th-minute header was the only highlight of a dire affair at Komaba Stadium, but ensured the Squirrels claimed their first league win of the season after taking just one point from their previous five matches.
Sent off on his debut as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Shimizu S-Pulse two weeks ago, Salles decided the game with the only clear opportunity of the first half.
Takuro Nishimura picked out Chikara Fujimoto on the right and Fujimoto sent in a pinpoint cross for Salles to beat Nagoya ‘keeper Ryo Kushino with a powerful downward header.
Nagoya controlled long periods of the match without ever seriously threatening Hiroki Aratani’s goal but sloppy defending nearly allowed Omiya a second in the 67th minute when Kushino made an important block from Yosuke Kataoka.
Brazilian defender Leandro took some of the sheen off Omiya’s win when he was given a second yellow card for time wasting and sent off in the dying seconds.
Nagoya slipped to its second straight league defeat after four wins from opening day and manager Sef Vergoosen admitted his side got no more than they deserved.
Elsewhere, Kashima Antlers also picked up their first three points of the campaign as World Cup striker Atsushi Yanagisawa scored the clincher in a 1-0 win at Yokohama FC, while Takehito Shigehara’s double saw Ventforet Kofu twice come from behind to hold Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-2 away.
Gamba Osaka saw their unbeaten start to the season end after going down 2-1 away to Albirex Niigata, Kisho Yano grabbing the winner seven minutes from time.
Sho Naruoka scored the only goal of the game to give Jubilo Iwata a 1-0 win over Yokohama F. Marinos.