the republic logo

Vissel Kobe beats Kashima Antlers 3-2 to move into first place in J-League


KASHIMA, Japan — Marquinhos and Keijiro Ogawa scored second-half goals as Vissel Kobe beat Kashima Antlers 3-2 to move into first place in the J-League on Saturday.

Davi gave Kashima a 2-1 lead early in the second half but Marquinhos equalized in the 66th minute and Ogawa sealed the win just two minutes 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 Tokushima Vortis which has yet to win in eight matches. Sagan Tosu beat Vegalta Sendai 3-0 while Yokohama F Marinos and Kashiwa Reysol finished in a 0-0 draw.

Elsewhere, Urawa Reds moved into third place after a 1-0 win over Kawasaki Frontale. Tomoya Ugajin scored the lone goal for Reds.

FC Tokyo beat Cerezo Osaka 2-0 while Gamba Osaka edged Omiya Ardija 2-1. Ventforet Kofu defeated Nagoya Grampus 2-0.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

All comments are moderated before posting. Your email address must be verified with Disqus in order for your comment to appear.
View our commenting guidelines and FAQ's here.

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)





Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.