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Friday, April 11, 2003

Jubilo whips Verdy in Nabisco Cup

A double strike from Ryoichi Maeda helped bring to a halt Jubilo Iwata's dismal run of recent results as the J. League champion cruised to a 4-0 win at home to Tokyo Verdy in the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday.

Yugoslav midfielder Aleksander Zivkovic drilled home a curling free-kick to open the scoring on 36 minutes before striker Maeda added a second in first-half stoppage time to put the home side firmly in the driving seat.

The 21-year-old Maeda sidefooted home a Zivkovic cross for his second of the night four minutes from time and a well-taken effort from Yasumasa Nishino sealed Masaaki Yanagishita's men their first win since their March 8 group-stage opener against Urawa Reds.

Urawa ended a considerably longer winless streak when Tatsuya Tanaka capitalized on some poor defending to grab the decisive goal in the 54th minute of his side's 2-1 win at Kobe.

Elsewhere, Yokohama F Marinos moved to the top of Group B after romping to a 3-0 win at Kashiwa Reysol, Marquinhos twice finding the net, while fellow Brazilian Amaral also scored a brace in FC Tokyo's 4-1 win over Vegalta Sendai.

Cerezo Osaka drew 0-0 at home to JEF United Ichihara in Group C, while Nagoya's Grampus Eight's home tie against Kyoto Purple Sanga in Group D also ended scoreless.

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