Urawa Reds top; Gamba get first win at Omiya; Nagoya win at Kyoto

Albirex Niigata 0 – Urawa Red Diamonds 2 (J-League, April 10, 2010) Yuki Abe broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute when he collected a return ball from first-half substitute Wilfried Sanou and fired home. The 28-year-old Japan midfielder then met Robson Ponte’s free-kick at the near post with a neat finish in the 81st minute. Niigata remain without a win at the bottom of the table while Urawa moved into top spot.

Omiya Ardija 1 – Gamba Osaka 3 (J-League, April 10, 2010) Yoshihito Fujita agave the hosts an early ninth minute lead, but Gamba pulled level just before the break when Shoki Hirai was freed in the box and finished tidily to equalise. Poor defending from the hosts allowed Shoki Hirai to put the visitors ahead after the interval and Tomokazu Myojin completed the win with Osaka’s third in the 53rd minute.

Kyoto Sanga 0 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 (J-League, April 10, 2010) An early header from Hayuma Tanaka put Nagoya in the lead, and Australian serial-goalscorer Joshua Kennedy curled in a 20-yarder to complete the win early in the second half.

Yokohama F.Marinos 0 – Cerezo Osaka 0 (J-League, April 10, 2010) Yokohama were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Cerezo Osaka at home, midfielder Martinez shown a red card in the 45th minute for a tackle from behind.


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