• Kyodo


Urawa Reds booked its place in the quarterfinals of the J. League Nabisco Cup after a comfortable 3-1 victory over crosstown rivals Omiya Ardija in their first-round Group A clash Saturday.

Shimizu S-Pulse also reached the knockout phase after coming back from two goals down to salvage a 3-3 draw away to Kashima Antlers in Group D. Gamba Osaka also qualified from Group B despite a 2-1 loss to Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

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