Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 – Gamba Osaka 1 (J-League, July 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Gamba started brightly as Leandro burst through the middle to fire the visitors into an 8th minute lead. Nagoya levelled just before the break after Davi won and converted a penalty, and Nagoya’s turnaround was complete in the last minute as an appalling mistake for the Gamba keeper saw the shotstopper pass the ball to home forward Yuki Maki who had the simple job of slotting the winner into the empty net.
Kawasaki Frontale 1 – Kashima Antlers 1 (J-League, July 5, 2009) Ten minutes before the break Kashima defender Atsuto Uchida was sent off for handling Hiroyuki Taniguchi’s goal-bound header, with Brazilian Juninho calmly slotting home the resultant penalty. Shinzo Koroki equalised in the 64th minute when he took a perfect pass from Marquinhos and slid the ball home from a narrow angle.