SENDAI – Former Japan striker Atsushi Yanagisawa scored in the second period of extra time Saturday as the J. League champion Kashima Antlers pulled off a 1-0 win over 10-man Honda FC to advance to the semifinals of the Emperor’s Cup.
In the day’s other quarterfinal match, Gamba Osaka beat Shimizu S-Pulse 1-0 in extra time. Midfielder Shinichi Terada ran on to a pass from Ryuji Bando and drove home a left-footed shot two minutes into extra time.
Yanagisawa broke the deadlock for Kashima when he chipped home from close range 10 minutes from time at Yurtec Stadium in Sendai.
Honda had to be on the defensive after midfielder Shota Itokazu was sent off in the 83rd minute.
“I’m glad we managed to win against a surging Honda,” Yanagisawa said. “We’ll try to stay focused and pull out wins for our second title of the year.”
Honda, the first JFL team to reach the quarterfinals since Thespa Kusatsu did it in 2004, had defeated three J. League clubs — Tokyo Verdy, Kashiwa Reysol and Nagoya Grampus Eight from the third to fifth rounds.
At Osaka’s Nagai stadium, Terada replaced Brazilian striker Bare in the 80th minute and scored his second goal in as many Cup matches, and third in the tournament.
Goalkeeper Yosuke Fujigaya repeatedly denied Shimizu’s hunt for an equalizer.
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