The J-League returns! Kennedy stars as Nagoya win away Gamba; Kawasaki start with Niigata victory; FC Toyko edge Yokohama

Gamba Osaka 1 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 (J-League, March 6, 2010) Dragan Stojkovic’s side got a fine away win at Gamba on the opening day of the season, Keiji Tamada giving the visitors a 14th minute lead when he met Josh Kennedy’s knock-down in the 6-yard box. Takahiro Futagawa sidefooted Gamba level in the 22nd minute after the hosts kept the pressure on from a corner, but Aussie striker Kennedy picked up where he left off last season claiming a second half winner when he bundled the ball over the line from 2-yards.

Kawasaki Frontale 2 – Albirex Niigata 1 (J-League, March 6, 2010) Last season’s runners-up Kawasaki Frontale opened their campaign with a victory at home to Albirex Niigata. Renatinho opened the scoring for Kawasaki inside the opening sixty seconds of the season, while Junichi Inamoto, making his first J-League appearance in almost nine years, won possession before setting up Kawasaki’s second goal for Masaru Kurotsu. Cho Young-Cheol netted a consolation for Niigata midway through the second half.

FC Tokyo 1 – Yokohama F.Marinos 0 (J-League, March 6, 2010) After finishing fifth last season, FC Tokyo got their new season off to a winning start courtesy of Sota Hirayama’s injury time winner at the back-post.