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held to a 1-1 draw by Vegalta Sendai. Third-place Kashima Antlers are seven points off the pace after beating Albirex Niigata 2-1. Also, substitute Kazuya Murata scored a 90th-minute goal to give Shimizu S-Pulse a 3-2 win over Kawasaki
Yokohama F Marinos defeated Shimizu S-Pulse 1-0, while bottom club Tokushima Vortis drew 2-2 with Vissel Kobe. Albirex Niigata and Ventforet Kofu finished 0-0, and Sanfrecce Hiroshima thrashed Nagoya Grampus 4-0.
Vegalta Sendai 2-1. Shingo Akamine scored Vegalta's only goal. Defending champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Albirex Niigata 2-0 to improve to 37 points while Kashima Antlers beat Yokohama F Marinos 1-0 on a first-half goal by Yasushi
Kofu, while Kashiwa Reysol downed Vissel Kobe 2-0. Also, J1 Vegalta Sendai won 3-2 against Shimizu S-Pulse, Albirex Niigata beat Omiya Ardija 2-1 and Yokohama F. Marinos easily won 3-0 away at bottom club Tokushima Vortis.
Marinos, coming back from 2-0 down to get a 2-2 draw. Vissel Kobe left it late to seal the win after dominating Albirex Niigata for 90 minutes. Hiroyuki Komoto's headed goal from a corner kept Vissel in touch with the leaders with the 1
minutes later. In other matches, Kentaro Moriya scored in the second half as third place Kawasaki Frontale beat Albirex Niigata 1-0 to improve to 33 points. Defending champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Ventforet Kofu finished 1-1 as did Yokohama
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
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
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