KASHIWA, Chiba Pref. – Kodai Suzuki headed a dramatic extra-time winner as amateur side Honda FC pulled off the shock of the Emperor’s Cup fourth round with a 3-2 win away to J. League first division club Kashiwa Reysol on Sunday.
Albirex Niigata were the only other top-flight side to fall at the first hurdle after they lost 3-2 at home to second-division Sagan Tosu while Shimizu S-Pulse needed a penalty shootout to see off Meiji University 5-4 after an enthralling tie finished 3-3 after extra time at Nihondaira Stadium.
At Kashiwa stadium, Honda took the lead through Junya Nitta after 24 minutes at Kashiwa stadium but the home side leveled through Tatsuya Tanizawa and Brazilian midfielder Alceu put Kashiwa 2-1 up from the penalty spot five minutes after the interval.
But Suzuki took the game to extra time with his first goal of the game in the 77th minute and delivered the fatal blow by completing his brace in the dying seconds of the second extra period.
Honda’s reward is a fifth-round meeting with Nagoya Grampus Eight, who beat Thespa Kusatsu 3-1 at Mizuho Stadium, Keiji Yoshimura grabbing a double for the home side.
Jubilo Iwata were the day’s biggest winners, Bobby Cullen’s second of the match completing a 6-1 crushing of Juntendo University.
Relegated Yokohama FC’s fans were finally given something to cheer about after a 2-0 win at Omiya Ardija set up a possible meeting with holders Urawa Reds in the next round.
Urawa’s fourth-round match at home to Ehime has been switched to Nov. 28 because of their involvement in the Asian Champions League.
Gamba Osaka, who beat Kawasaki Frontale on Saturday to capture their first Nabisco Cup, play Montedio Yamagata on Wednesday.
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