Champs Nagoya held by Yokohama; Fukuoka get off to a bad start; Gamba win the Osaka derby

Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 – Yokohama F. Marinos 1 (J-League, March 5, 2011) Shingo Hyodo gave Yokohama a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute with a left-footed strike from the edge of the box, but Josh Kennedy converted a penalty five minutes into stoppage time to earn the reigning champs a point on the opening day of the new J-League season.

Avispa Fukuoka 0 – Albirex Niigata 3 (J-League, March 5, 2011) Niigata scored three goals in the second half as Michael, fellow Brazilian forward Bruno Lopes and Seiya Fujita were all on target against the J-League newbees. Fukuoka’s day got even worse when Sho Naruoka collected his second booking ten minutes from time.

Gamba Osaka 2 – Cerezo Osaka 1 (J-League, March 5, 2011) Shu Kurata cancelled out former Cerezo team-mate Adriano’s 65th-minute opener before Yasuhito Endo blasted home from the edge of the box following Lee Keun-Ho’s pass.

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