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Soccer SAITAMA, Japan (AP) Urawa Reds stayed in first place with a 1-0 win over Albirex Niigata on Saturday as the J-League resumed after a two-month break for the World Cup. The hosts took advantage of a 16th-minute
first game in the top flight after Yuya Hashiuchi's 73rd-minute goal gave it a 1-0 win over Ventforet Kofu. Albirex Niigata and Vissel Kobe finished in a 1-1 draw. Niigata's World Cup hopeful Kengo Kawamata scored the equalizer in the
while third-place Kashima Antlers were beaten 2-1 at home by Nagoya Grampus. Omiya Ardija beat FC Tokyo 1-0. Albirex Niigata defeated Shimizu S-Pulse 2-1 courtesy of an own goal five minutes into stoppage time.
allowed the defending champions to improve to 16 points, one ahead of Kashima Antlers, who were beaten 2-1 by Albirex Niigata . In other matches, Diego Forlan scored both goals as Cerezo Osaka drew with crosstown rivals Gamba Osaka 2-2
later with his first goal of the season. Kobe improved to 17 points, one ahead of Sanfrecce Hiroshima which faces Albirex Niigata on Sunday. In other matches, Milivoje Novakovic scored two goals to lead Shimizu S-Pulse to a 4-0 win over winless
minutes remaining. Kashima improved to 12 points, two ahead of Cerezo Osaka which was held to a goalless draw with Albirex Niigata . Elsewhere, defending champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat winless Tokushima Vortis 3-1 to improve to 10 points
front of the lowest crowd of 8,815, after a brace from Masato Kudo and a late consolation from Nilson. Elsewhere, Albirex Niigata triumphed 3-1 at home to Shimizu S-Pulse on two goals from Kengo Kawamata and one for Hideya Okamoto, while Nagoya
inspiration. Sendai trails league leader Sanfrecce Hiroshima by just one point heading into Saturday's home match against Albirex Niigata . A win against relegation-threatened Niigata would see the J-League title decided on the last day of the season
with the aftermath of last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami, needed a win against relegation-threatened Albirex Niigata to stay alive, but were beaten 1-0 at home before a capacity crowd at Yurtec Stadium. Sendai controlled the flow
with one game left to play. Consadole Sapporo and Albirex Niigata are already relegated. If Vissel Kobe, a point ahead ..... week. Consadole Sapporo is already relegated while Albirex Niigata must win and hope that other results are favorable