Second place Sendai held by Nagoya; Cerezo crush J-League leaders Kashiwa 5-nil

Vegalta Sendai 1 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 (J-League, July 2, 2011) Second place Sendai broke the deadlock in the 44th minute when Yong-Gi Ryang arrowed a shot into the top corner from 25-yards. Nagoya levelled miway through the second half when Makoto Kakuda deflected a cross into his own net.

Cerezo Osaka 5 – Kashiwa Reysol 0 (J-League, July 2, 2011) J-League leaders Kashiwa tanked to shock 5-nil hammering at 13th-placed Cerezo. Takashi Inui and Rodrigo Pimpao capitalised on poor Reysol defending in the first half, whilst a late flurry of goals from Luis Martinez, Ryuji Bando and Shu Kurata sealed the comfortable win.

Urawa Red Diamonds 1 – Gamba Osaka 1 (J-League, July 2, 2011) Gamba took the lead through Takashi Usami’s 56th-minute strike, but were pegged back by Genki Haraguchi 21 minutes later.

Albirex Niigata 2 – Yamagata 0 (J-League, July 2, 2011)

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