YOKOHAMA – Jubilo Iwata’s Shunsuke Nakamura returned to his old stomping grounds, but it was Yokohama F. Marinos new No. 10 Manabu Saito who provided the crucial touch in Saturday’s 2-1 win.
Former Celtic star Nakamura, who in 13 J. League seasons had only played for his boyhood club Marinos prior to joining Iwata this January, was back with his familiar silky touch. But Saito who set up both of Marinos’s goals provided evidence that he has earned the club’s iconic shirt on merit.