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Maeda strikes twice in Jubilo’s rout over Kashiwa Reysol

by Andrew Mckirdy

Staff Writer

Jubilo Iwata brought Kashiwa Reysol crashing back to earth with a comprehensive 3-0 thrashing of the J. League leaders on Wednesday night.

Hidetaka Kanazono put an end to Kashiwa’s run of four consecutive clean sheets to give Jubilo a 20th-minute lead at Hitachi Stadium, before Ryoichi Maeda compounded a miserable opening 45 minutes for the home side with a second on the stroke of halftime.

Last season’s second-division champions then found themselves three down as Maeda notched his second just before the hour mark, leaving manager Nelsinho unhappy at the manner of his side’s second defeat of the season.

“Tonight’s game was very simple,” said the Brazilian. “They defended very well and hit us on the counterattack, and we couldn’t do the things that we have been doing recently. It’s not enough just to play attacking, creative football all the time. We have to defend and work hard, and we didn’t do that tonight.”

Yuichi Komano served notice of Jubilo’s attacking intent with a fierce drive in the 19th minute, but it was a warning that went unheeded as Kanazono opened the scoring. The striker took advantage of some slack marking in the Kashiwa defense, controlling the ball before unleashing a shot that found its way into the top corner.

Junya Tanaka almost restored parity a minute before halftime, but instead the home side found itself going into the break two goals down as Komano fed Maeda to sweep in Jubilo’s second.

A slip from Leandro Domingues while taking a free kick on the edge of the box suggested luck was not going to smile on Kashiwa in the second half either, and Maeda drove the point home as he finished off a clinical counterattack for Jubilo’s third in the 60th minute.

“My players were excellent tonight,” said Jubilo manager Masaaki Yanagishita. “Our concentration was high, our marking was tight, and we looked really sharp breaking out of defense on the counterattack. We played with great confidence tonight, and this is the kind of form I want to see us taking into our next game.”

Elsewhere in the J. League, Kashima Antlers returned to Kashima Stadium for the first time since it was damaged in the March 11 earthquake, but conceded an injury-time goal to lose 1-0 to Ventforet Kofu.

Kawasaki Frontale were the night’s top scorers with a 5-0 win away to Omiya Ardija, while Nagoya Grampus also hit the goal trail with a 4-0 victory over Albirex Niigata. Kim Kun Hoan came off the bench to grab a 1-0 win for Yokohama F. Marinos over Cerezo Osaka, and Alex Brosque popped up at the death to claim a 94th-minute 2-1 victory for Shimizu S-Pulse over Montedio Yamagata.

Vegalta Sendai beat Gamba Osaka 2-1 in the day’s afternoon kickoff, extending their unbeaten streak to 10 matches.

Avispa Fukuoka picked up their first point of the season with a 0-0 draw with Vissel Kobe. Urawa Reds against Sanfrecce Hiroshima also finished goalless.