KASHIMA, Ibaraki Pref. – Holders Kashima Antlers and J. League archrivals Urawa Reds both crashed out of the Emperor’s Cup with fifth-round defeats on Saturday.
Kazuki Hara scored the winner in the dying seconds of extra time as Shimizu S-Pulse knocked out Kashima with a 4-3 win, while Yokohama F. Marinos eliminated Urawa 6-5 on penalties after both sides failed to break a 2-2 deadlock after extra time.
At Kashima Stadium, the home side appeared on course for victory and a spot in the quarterfinals after goals in each half from Chikashi Masuda and Marquinhos canceled out a first-half opener from Akihiro Hyodo.
But the visitors equalized against the run of play through Masaki Yamamoto, who rifled home a sizzling mid-range shot in the 85th minute to send the match into extra time.
Takuma Edamura gave Shimizu a 3-2 lead but Marcinho put Kashima on level terms five minutes before Hara’s goal — following a rightwing cross from Hyodo — ousted Antlers prior to the quarterfinal stage for the first time in nine seasons.
At Marugame, F. Marinos took a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes on goals from Kenta Kano and Hayuma Tanaka, but Urawa drew level with first-half strikes from Escudero and Satoshi Horinouchi.
Both sides looked in vain for a winner in the second half and extra time, and the match was decided by a shootout in which all six Yokohama players found the net before Urawa’s Keita Suzuki missed his spot kick.
Elsewhere, second-division champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima upended Kawasaki Frontale 2-0 courtesy of goals from Toshihiro Aoyama and Koji Morisaki. Sagan Tosu joined Hiroshima as the quarterfinalists from the second division after a surprise 5-2 win over Vissel Kobe, with Koji Hirose and Yoshihito Fujita on target twice each.
Frode Johnsen netted a brace in Nagoya Grampus’ 2-1 win over Omiya Ardija, while Kashiwa Reysol beat Kyoto Sanga 1-0 and FC Tokyo edged Albirex Niigata 3-2. Newly crowned Asian club champion Gamba Osaka hosts Ventforet Kofu on Sunday in the other fifth-round match.
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