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Football: J-League results

J-League results on Saturday: Vegalta Sendai 0 Sagan Tosu 3 (Niwa 45, Watanabe 59-og, Hayasaka 90) Tokushima Vortis 0 Shimizu S-Pulse 4 (Novakovic 11, 19, Takagi 76, Omae 90+2) Kashima Antlers 2 (Endo 7, Davi 54) Vissel Kobe 3 (Jung Woo-Young 25, Marquinhos 67-pen, Ogawa 69) Kashiwa Reysol 0 Yokohama F Marinos 0 FC Tokyo 2 (Hirayama 66, Muto 77) Cerezo Osaka 0 Gamba Osaka 2 (Niwa 83, Konno 88) Omiya Ardija 1 (Kikuchi 87) Urawa Red Diamonds 1 (Ugajin 68) Kawasaki Frontale 0

Football: Sanfrecce leapfrog Antlers at top of J-League

Kazuhiko Chiba scored in the 80th minute to send defending champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima to the top of the J-League with a 1-0 win over FC Tokyo on Saturday. Sanfrecce took full advantage of previous leaders Kashima Antlers' 2-1 home loss to Albirex Niigata earlier in the day to go one point clear after seven games of the season. Uruguay striker Diego Forlan scored twice for Cerezo Osaka but was unable to deliver a win in a 2-2 derby draw with Gamba Osaka.

Football: Kashima Antlers go clear at top of J-League

Kashima Antlers came from behind to beat Yokohama F Marinos 3-1 on Saturday to go two points clear at the top of the fledgling J-League table. Yuzo Kurihara gave Marinos the lead with a thumping header three minutes before half-time before goals after the break from Shoma Doi, Takuya Nozawa and Gaku Shibasaki turned things around for seven-time champions Antlers. "We couldn't show what we were capable of in the first half but we really went for it after the interval," said Kashima manager Toninho Cerezo.

Football: Kashima Antlers go clear at top of J-League

Kashima Antlers came from behind to beat Yokohama F Marinos 3-1 on Saturday to go two points clear at the top of the fledgling J-League table. Yuzo Kurihara gave Marinos the lead with a thumping header three minutes before half-time before goals after the break from Shoma Doi, Takuya Nozawa and Gaku Shibasaki turned things around for seven-time champions Antlers. "We couldn't show what we were capable of in the first half but we really went for it after the interval," said Kashima manager Toninho Cerezo.

Football: Kashima Antlers go clear at top of J-League

Kashima Antlers came from behind to beat Yokohama F Marinos 3-1 on Saturday to go two points clear at the top of the fledgling J-League table. Yuzo Kurihara gave Marinos the lead with a thumping header three minutes before half-time before goals after the break from Shoma Doi, Takuya Nozawa and Gaku Shibasaki turned things around for seven-time champions Antlers. "We couldn't show what we were capable of in the first half but we really went for it after the interval," said Kashima manager Toninho Cerezo.

Football: J-League results

Results of J-League matches on Sunday: Albirex Niigata 1 (Leo Silva 30) Sagan Tosu 0 Ventforet Kofu 1 (Ishihara 68) Yokohama F Marinos 0 Tokushima Vortis 0 Kashiwa Reysol 2 (Hashimoto 77, Leandro 85) Kashima Antlers 0 Cerezo Osaka 2 (Hasegawa 19, Forlan 86) Urawa Red Diamonds 1 (Haraguchi 76) Shimizu S-Pulse 1 (Nagasawa 19) Omiya Ardija 4 (Watanabe 1, Imai 45+1, Ienaga 57-pen, 60) Vegalta Sendai 0 Nagoya Grampus 2 (Isomura 16, Matsuda 87) Vissel Kobe 1 (Pedro Junior 8)

Football: 'Japanese only' banner turns spotlight on racism

Japan's J-League is one of the safest and most welcoming football leagues but a furore over a "Japanese only" banner directed at foreign fans has caused deep embarrassment and highlighted questionable attitudes to race. Urawa will host Shimizu S-Pulse behind closed doors on Sunday after the J-League hit the club with an unprecedented one-game supporter ban over the sign, written in English and hung over an entrance to the stands at a March 8 match.

Football: J-League results

Results of J-League matches on Saturday: Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2 (Sato 57, Shiotani 90+5) Kawasaki Frontale 1 (Kobayashi 45+2) Albirex Niigata 0 Gamba Osaka 2 (Iwashita 69, Omori 82) Tokushima Vortis 0 Cerezo Osaka 2 (Yamaguchi 10, Chiyotanda 13-og) Omiya Ardija 1 (Takahashi 70) Nagoya Grampus 2 (Tamada 53, Ogawa 66) FC Tokyo 1 (Edu 5) Ventforet Kofu 1 (Cristiano 72) Shimizu S-Pulse 0 Yokohama F Marinos 1 (Saito 13) Vissel Kobe 1 (Pedro Junior 62) Kashiwa Reysol 1 (Hashimoto 45+1) Urawa Red Diamonds 0 Sagan Tosu 1 (Toyoda 9)

Football: Nishino to coach J-League side Nagoya

Akira Nishino, who has a J-League record of 244 first-division wins as manager, has taken over from Dragan Stojkovic as Nagoya Grampus coach for 2014, the club said Saturday. The 58-year-old Japanese former player has managed J-League sides Kashiwa Reysol, Gamba Osaka and Vissel Kobe from 1998-2012. He piloted Gamba Osaka for 10 years from 2002, winning the league title in 2005 and the Asian Champions League crown in 2008. He coached the Kobe club for six months in 2012.

Hiroshima defend J-league title as Marinos fall

TOKYO, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Sanfrecce Hiroshima secured their second straight J-league title with a resounding 2-0 win over Kashima Antlers on Saturday, as Yokohama F Marinos who were two points clear at the start of the final day of matches, snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, falling 1-0 to Kawasaki Frontale. Naoki Ishihara netted twice for Hiroshima in the 36th and 79th minutes to secure Sanfrecce's second consecutive title for the first time since Kashima win back-to-back championships in 2009.
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