Kashima regain J-League lead; Edmilson hat-trick propels Reds past Jubilo; Goals from Australia

Kyoto Sanga 0 – Kashima Antlers 1 (J-League, November 21, 2009) Takuya Nozawa fired Kashima Antlers back to the top of the J-League with a super strike in away at Kyoto.

Shimizu S-Pulse 0 – Gamba Osaka 2 (J-League, November 21, 2009) Third-placed Gamba Osaka remained well in the hunt just three points off the pace after Brazilian striker Lucas and Cho Jae-jin scored in either half to secure a 2-0 win at Shimizu S-Pulse as they extended their unbeaten run to nine games.

Urawa Red Diamonds 3 – Jubilo Iwata 2 (J-League, November 21, 2009) Brazilian striker Edmilson completed his hat-trick in stoppage time as fourth-placed Urawa Red Diamonds edged out Jubilo. Edmilson’s 22nd-minute opener had set the home side on their way, but two goals from Jubilo’s Ryoichi Maeda in four second-half minutes handed the visitors the lead with 30 minutes remaining. But after equalising with eight minutes remaining after following up after Marcus Tulio Tanaka’s shot rebounded off the post, Edmilson snatched a dramatic three points with a fine strike from the edge of the area.

Albirex Niigata 0 – Kashiwa Reysol 1 (J-League, November 21, 2009) Kashiwa Reysol earned three points as Francoaldo Franca scored to secure a 1-0 win at Niigata.

Yamagata 0 – Omiya Ardija 0 (J-League, November 21, 2009)

Vissel Kobe 2 – Yokohama F.Marinos 2 (J-League, November 21, 2009)


Brisbane Roar 0 – Melbourne Victory 1 (A-League, November 21, 2009) Archie Thompson headed home his sixth goal for the season in the 8th minute and the visitors defended gamely to hold on. The Roar’s hopes finally dried up when Henrique was shown a red card for a ridiculous handball in the 86th minute.

North Queensland Fury 1 – Central Coast Mariners 5 (A-League, November 21, 2009) The Mariners showed their class with a frenzied 15 minute period that saw Bojic (22) and Mrdja (35) score. The visitors then capped it off after the break with Mrdja netting a second just before the hour followed by Elrich (62) and Hutchinson (82). Fury suffered for a lack of cohesion and polished finishing which even extended to their marquee skipper Robbie Fowler, who struggled for meaningful possession with only Rostyn Griffiths finding the net in the 68th minute.