Urawa & Kashima Antlers reach the cup semis; Gamba KO Jubilo; Nagoya beat Niigata 5-3

Cerezo Osaka 1 – Urawa Red Diamonds 2 (Nabisco Cup, October 5, 2011) Teruyuki Moniwa handed Urawa the perfect start as the Osaka centre-half turned a cross into his own net in the opening sixty seconds. Fabio Lopes equalised for the hosts in the 73rd, but ten minutes later Ranko Despotovic’s bullet header lead the Diamonds to the final four.

Kashima Antlers 3 – Yokohama F.Marinos 2 (AET) (Nabisco Cup, October 5, 2011) A horror og from Hitoshi Sogahata put Marinos 1-up in the opening minute and the visitors were cruising when Kazuma Watanabe netted a penalty in the 11th minute. Early in the second half Shinzo Koroki started Kashima’s fightback, and in the 73rd Yuya Osako levelled the contest 2-2. The match when into extra time when Yuzo Tashiro completed the turnaround for the Antlers.

Gamba Osaka 3 – Jubilo Iwata 1 (Nabisco Cup, October 5, 2011) Daisuke Nasu put Jubilo ahead in the 8th minute, but goals from Hayato Sasaki, Rafinha and Daisuke Nasu own goal turned the match for Gamba.

Nagoya Grampus Eight 5 – Albirex Niigata 3 (Nabisco Cup, October 5, 2011) Nagoya’s Mu Kanazaki opened the scoring on the quarter-hour mark, before Bruno Lopes equalised for Albirex from the penalty spot on 63 minutes. Grampus thought they had stolen the game when Kensuke Nagai headed his side in front on 90 minutes. But with the last kick of normal time, Kengo Kawamata levelled the match to force extra time. Albirex looked to be on their way to an upset when Noaya Kikuchi put them in front for the first time eight minutes into the added period. But Nagai bundled in his second of the game to leave it 3-3 in the 105th minute. Grampus reclaimed the lead when Koji Hashimoto netted six minutes from time, before a late penalty to Marcus Tanaka settled the fixture in the 120th minute for the hosts.

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