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Football: Forlan restores glamour to frumpy J-League

Uruguay striker Diego Forlan takes centre-stage as Cerezo Osaka begin the new J-League season looking to claim the scalp of twice-defending champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Saturday. Former Manchester United and Atletico Madrid forward Forlan joined Cerezo from Brazil's Internacional in January, restoring a sheen of glamour to a league that had grown increasingly austere since its 1990s heyday when big-money deals brought Gary Lineker, Dunga and Dragan Stojkovic to Japan.

Football: Sanfrecce scoop J-League Super Cup title

Teenage strikers Gakuto Notsuda and Takuma Asano scored either side of half-time as Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Yokohama Marinos 2-0 on Saturday to claim the Super Cup for a second year running. Notsuda opened the scoring for the J-League champions in the sixth minute before substitute Asano doubled the lead in the 66th minute, settling the final Super Cup game to be held at Tokyo's National Stadium before the venue is demolished and rebuilt to host the 2020 Olympics.

Football: Hiroshima beat Kashiwa to win Super Cup

Japan international striker Hisato Sato fired home the sole goal to give Sanfrecce Hiroshima a 1-0 win over Kashiwa Reysol to claim their second Super Cup victory on Saturday. Toshihiro Aoyama sent a cross from the left to the centre, where defender Hiroki Mizumoto headed to set up Sato's volley shot in the 29th minute. "I knew that Mizumoto would give me the ball after Aoyama's cross. Mizumoto also knew I was his right side. But it was too good to score like that," said Sato, the top scorer last season, who won the Player of the Year award.
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