Vissel Kobe & Omiya Ardija open their J-League campaigns with wins; Kashima down Urawa in round one

Vissel Kobe 2 – Kyoto Sanga FC 0 (J-League, March 7, 2010) Popo scored a pair of goals to lead Vissel Kobe over Kyoto Sanga.

Omiya Ardija 3 – Cerezo Osaka 0 (J-League, March 7, 2010) Hayato Hashimoto and Naoki Ishihara scored in the first half and Rafael added another after the break to lead Omiya Ardija to a convincing win over newly promoted Cerezo Osaka.

Kashima Antlers 2 – Urawa Red Diamonds 0 (J-League, March 6, 2010) Shinzo Koroki helped Kashima to a 2-0 win over Urawa with a sliding shot to put the defending champions one up in the fifth minute.  Brazilian striker Marquinhos, who hit the right post in the 21st minute and the bar in the 84th, finally nodded home a cross from Endo Yasushi in the 86th minute to wrap up the points.