OSAKA – Former Japan striker Akinori Nishizawa scored twice as Cerezo Osaka moved off the foot of the second-stage table with a 5-1 thrashing of Shimizu S-Pulse in the J. League on Monday.
Nishizawa, in for suspended Yoshito Okubo, put Cerezo on its way with the opener on 38 minutes before Ryu Saito doubled the home side’s lead four minutes before the interval.
Brazilian striker Marcelo Baron scored against his old club to make it three and Nishizawa completed his double in the 68th minute.
Substitute Hideaki Kitajima pulled one back for Shimizu on 79 minutes but Takaaki Tokushige completed the rout for Cerezo with the fifth five minutes from time.
The result moved Cerezo up to 14th in the table while Shimizu stayed in 10th.
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