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Sunday, Sep. 23, 2012

Inui upstages Kiyotake to send Eintracht top

Kyodo, AP

NUREMBERG, Germany — Takashi Inui stole former Cerezo Osaka teammate Hiroshi Kiyotake's thunder with the winner as Eintracht Frankfurt's dream return to the German top flight continued with a 2-1 win away to Nuremberg on Friday.

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Growing reputation: Eintracht Frankfurt's Takashi Inui celebrates scoring against Nuremberg on Friday. AP

Erwin Hoffer fired Frankfurt in front in the 25th minute and Inui's strike on the hour mark ensured the visitors maintained their perfect start with their fourth win out of four.

"I didn't really have much of the ball apart from that (the goal) so there is plenty for me to work on," said Inui, who added to his strike in last week's 3-2 victory over Hamburg with a clinical effort from the edge of the box.

Inui also had plenty of praise for Kiyotake, who set up Sebastian Polter's 76th-minute header and caused Frankfurt plenty of problems with his set pieces.

"Kiyo's set plays were good and that was what we were most afraid of. Nuremberg are a good team defensively too so we knew how difficult it would be," said Inui.

"It actually turned out to be a tough match so I am glad I could score and we could hold on for the win."

Kiyotake, who had a long-range shot pushed onto the post in the 38th minute, said, "I am really disappointed that we lost. We couldn't really get into the game. This is our limit right now."

The Japan international made those comments on German television but refused to speak to the Japanese press, saying, "I don't want to talk today."

Victory moved Frankfurt into the provisional top slot in the standings, but Bayern Munich could reclaim the lead on goal difference with a win at Schalke on Saturday.

"We'll try and get as high (up in the table) as possible but the next opponent is also very tough. (Defending champion Borussia) Dortmund are playing well at the moment," Inui said.

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