KASHIMA, Ibaraki Pref. — Kashima midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara struck two goals to give the Antlers’ a 4-1 triumph over Nagoya on Sunday afternoon, remaining unbeaten in their 12 games played against Grampus Eight at Kashima Stadium since the J. League started in 1993.
Nagoya, which had an eight-game winning streak earlier this season, has lost its last four games in the J. League Division One second stage.
Hampered by injuries to players such as Brazilian forward Euller and with a number of players away on Asian Games duty, Kashima manager Toninho Cerezo had to field a depleted side for the game. But the Antlers, with their hero and Japan coach Zico in attendance, overcame their handicap with their play as a unit.
Ogasawara scored a free-kick in the 15th minute to put Kashima 1-0 up.
Five minutes after the break, Grampus, which finished third in the first stage, leveled the game on Naoki Hiraoka’s goal.
But six minutes later Kashima forward Atsushi Yanagisawa lured his marker and Grampus ‘keeper Seigo Narazaki before laying the ball off to Augusto who fired home to put his team back in front.
Kashima midfielder Koji Kumagai scored off an Augusto pass in the 77th minute for his first goal of the season and Ogasawara rounded off the scoring with his second in the 86th minute.
The Antlers stayed in third in the division standings, two points behind leader Jubilo Iwata while Kyoto Purple Sanga went fourth after a last-minute winner from substitute Daisuke Nakaharai gave Gert Engels’ men a 1-0 win at Yokohama F Marinos.
Reds stay hot
SAITAMA — Urawa’s top guns, Tuto, Yuichiro Nagai and Emerson, all scored to carry the Reds to a convincing 3-0 victory over Vissel Kobe on Saturday night at Komaba Stadium.
With the win, the Reds remained unbeaten in the second stage with a 6-1-0 record and stayed right behind J. League Division One second stage leader Jubilo Iwata by one point.
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