• Kyodo


Kashima Antlers preserved their one-point lead at the top of the J. League second-stage standings after a 1-1 draw away at defending champion Jubilo Iwata on Saturday.

Japan midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara fired Kashima in front after 17 minutes before league-leading scorer Rodrigo Gral leveled when he grabbed his 16th goal from a penalty shortly before halftime in a scrappy game at a rain-soaked Yamaha Stadium.

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