• Kyodo


Brazilian striker Alex Mineiro inspired Kashima Antlers to a 2-1 win over Shimizu S-Pulse with a goal in each half as the four-time champions restored their commanding lead at the top of the J. League first division on Sunday.

Mineiro took his tally for the season to six with a clinical finish after two minutes and a close-range effort early in the second half to give Kashima a 10-point lead over nearest rival Gamba Osaka after 13 games played while Urawa Reds moved fourth after a 2-1 win over Albirex Niigata in the day’s other game.

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