Shimizu beat Urawa to keep J-League lead‎; Kashima beat Gamba to stay near the top; Nagoya win

Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 – Yamagata 1 (J-League, May 1, 2010) Serial-Aussie striker Joshua Kennedy opened the scoring for Nagoya after just seven minutes, but the visitors headed into the break on a level footing courtesy of Tomotaka Kitamura’s 42nd minute equaliser. Nagoya stole the points at the death as Hayuma Tanaka bagged an injury time winner.

Yokohama F. Marinos 1 – Jubilo Iwata 0 (J-League, May 1, 2010) Takashi Amano proved the match-winner for Yokohama netting the only goal 13 minutes from time.

Omiya Ardija 2 – Kyoto Sanga 1 (J-League, May 1, 2010) A double from Omiya striker Naoki Ishihara lead the hosts to victory.

Shimizu S-Pulse 2 – Urawa Red Diamonds 1 (J-League, May 1, 2010) Japan international striker Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring for Shimizu with a header from a Jungo Fujimoto corner in the 17th minute, but Brazilian Ponte fired a 25-yard equaliser in the 22nd minute. Norwegian striker Frode Johnsen scored a decisive injury time goal to keep Shimizu S-Pulse on top of the J-League table.

Kashima Antlers 2 – Gamba Osaka 1 (J-League, May 1, 2010)

Vissel Kobe 1 – Albirex Niigata 2 (J-League, May 1, 2010) Niigata earned their first win of the season after beating hosts Vissel Kobe 2-1 to move off the bottom of the table. Cho Yong-cheol opened the scoring in the first half before substitute Fagner netted the winner in the 69th minute.

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