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Marcus Tulio Tanaka sent national team coach Takeshi Okada a timely reminder of his importance to Japan’s World Cup plans by hitting his first goal of the season in Nagoya Grampus’ 2-0 win away to Kyoto Sanga on Saturday.

Sorely missed in Japan’s 3-0 midweek defeat to Serbia due to suspension, Tulio put Grampus in front with a trademark header early on at Nishikyogoku Stadium and Josh Kennedy added a superb second to complete Nagoya’s third 2-0 league win in a row.

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