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REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy (Kyodo) Japan midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura struck his first goal of the season to give Reggina a 1-0 home win over Palermo in the Italian first division on Thursday.

Nakamura tapped in the decisive goal after seven minutes following a terrible mixup between Palermo defender Cristian Zaccardo and goalkeeper Matteo Guardalben to give the home side all three points.

Meanwhile, Atsushi Yanagisawa made a second-half substitute appearance for Messina but could do little to stop his side going down 2-1 away to Cagliari.

Reggina is 10th in the Serie A table on 22 points, with Messina in 15th another four points behind.

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