• Kyodo


A brace from little-used Shohei Otsuka just kept Kawasaki alive in the Nabisco Cup as Frontale defeated Group B leaders Vegalta Sendai 2-1 on Wednesday.

Otsuka opened the scoring in the 43rd minute before doubling Kawasaki’s lead early in the second half. Substitute Ramon Lopes converted a penalty with five minutes remaining, but goalkeeper Shunsuke Ando denied the Brazilian a second in the 89th minute, handing Kawasaki all three points.

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