• Kyodo


Kwansei Gakuin University pushed Albirex Niigata to the edge, but wase undone by four goals from Rafael Silva as the J1 club claimed a 5-3 extra-time thriller on Saturday in the second round of the Emperor’s Cup.

However, three top-flight sides were taken out by J3 sides as Nagoya Grampus, on an 18-game winless streak in the league, succumbed to last-minute goal from AC Nagano Parceiro. Vegalta Sendai were hammered 5-2 by Grulla Morioka, and Ventforet Kofu fell 7-6 in a penalty shootout after a scoreless draw with Oita Trinita.

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