Like two of the three previous editions of the competition, it took penalties to separate the sides, who had played out a 1-1 draw. Takahiro Masukawa had headed Nagoya into the lead, but two-time defending champions Kashima hit back thanks to Takuya Nozawa’s free kick. Seigo Narazaki proved the hero for Stojkovic’s side in the penalty shoot-out, preventing three kicks from finding the net en route to a 3-1 success.
Stojkovic was pleased not only with the win, but in which the manner the game was delivered.
“It's very satisfactory during the 90 minutes. It was a very interesting, very open game. Both teams had good chances, so a draw is a good result for both teams,” a report from AFP quotes him as saying.
“It was very important to avoid injuries. The game was played with fair play by both teams, so it’s a very good warming up for the J-League.”
Nagoya’s only previous Super Cup success came in 1996, when they defeated Yokohama Marinos 2-0.