Former league leaders Kashima Antlers lose their fifth straight match to Kawasaki

Kashima Antlers 2 – Kawasaki Frontale 3 (J-League, October 7, 2009) A Jong Tae-se brace and a Juninho strike had put Kawasaki in command with Marquinhos netting for Kashima. The referee had to abandon the encounter in the 75th minute as the pitch became like a swamp as monsoon-like conditions swept across the ground. On the restart Kashima’s Daiki Iwamasa quickly pulled back another goal to ensure a nervy finish. But the visitors held on as Kashima fell to their five straight defeat as their title challenge continued to falter at the money-time.