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A sold-out crowd of over 54,000 watched Urawa Reds' triumph

2014 J-League Round 14 Wrap-Up: Reds regain first place with Sekine's golden goal

A sold-out crowd of over 54,000 watched Urawa Reds' triumph

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Fans across the country hung messages of support for Brazil-bound national team players in the last round before the J-League enters a two-month World Cup break



J-League Division 1


2014 Season, Round 14

VENTFORET KOFU
3 0 KASHIWA REYSOL
A surprisingly resurgent Ventforet Kofu side eased to a 3-0 win over Kashiwa Reysol, beginning with 20th-minute goal by Kohei Morita. Cristiano’s penalty kick five minutes into the second half doubled their league, and Koki Mizuno made it 3-0 in the 78th minute to seal a crucial win for Hiroshi Jofuku’s side.

URAWA REDS
1 0 CEREZO OSAKA
The highly-anticipated Saitama Stadium showdown ended in another clean sheet for national team backup goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa and the ninth win of the season for Reds, who retook first place thanks to 19-year-old Takahiro Sekine’s wonderful goal late in the second half.

SHIMIZU S-PULSE
1 1 VISSEL KOBE
After Keijiro Ogawa gave Vissel the lead just after the hour mark, Kota Sugiyama needed five minutes to bring the hosts even. S-Pulse pressed the attack with 17 shots to Vissel’s seven but were unable to find the game-winner.

ALBIREX NIIGATA
1 1 NAGOYA GRAMPUS
Kensuke Nagai’s’s fifth-minute goal was countered six minutes later by Albirex striker Tatsuya Tanaka as the teams remained deadlocked the rest of the game. Grampus were rarely able to mount a successful assault on the goal, earning just three corner kicks during the match.

SAGAN TOSU 1 1 OMIYA ARDIJA
Yu Kobayashi’s 48th-minute effort was on the verge of giving lowly Ardija an important win heading into the World Cup break, but national team omission Yohei Toyoda salvaged a point for the hosts with seven minutes remaining. The draw forced Sagan Tosu to cede the league lead to Urawa Reds.

FC TOKYO
3 0 GAMBA OSAKA
With four Brazil-bound Japan internationals on the pitch, three minutes were all Tokyo needed to carve up struggling Gamba. Brazilian Edu slotted the ball in from near the penalty spot just after kickoff while wonderkid Yoshinori Muto carved up the defence just two minutes later. Edu’s second goal from beyond the penalty area in the 52nd minute brought the crowd to their feet yet again, ensuring Tokyo’s fifth win of the season.

KASHIMA ANTLERS
1 0 TOKUSHIMA VORTIS
Shuhei Akasaki scored the game’s lone goal in the 26th minutes as Antlers subjected Vortis goalkeeper Toru Hasegawa to 90 minutes of shooting practice, with 26 shots to just four for the hosts. Antlers are now a tiebreaker below Vissel in fourth place, while Vortis remain at the bottom of the table.


VEGALTA SENDAI
1 0 SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA
Shingo Akamine’s 16th-minute goal was the decider between the two sides, with Sanfrecce appearing fatigued after their mid-week trip to Sydney for the AFC Champions League.


KAWASAKI FRONTALE
0 3 YOKOHAMA F. MARINOS
Five months after a Kanagawa Derby loss in Todoroki cost them the title, struggling Yokohama F. Marinos found their revenge against Kawasaki Frontale with goals by Yuzo Kurihara, Sho Ito, and Yuji Nakazawa. Yet the stars of the day were Marinos striker Manabu Saito and his Frontale counterpart Yoshito Okubo, both of whom will represent Japan at the World Cup.

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