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Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004

Sakata leads the way as F. Marinos pound Jubilo Iwata

Yokohama F. Marinos returned to winning ways by overpowering faltering Jubilo Iwata 3-0 on Saturday as the second stage resumed in the J. League after a break for international matches.

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Yokohama F. Marinos midfielder Daisuke Oku (14) reacts after scoring a goal in the 15th minute against Jubilo Iwata in their J. League match on Saturday at Tokyo's National Stadium. Yokohama won 3-0.

Japan Under-23 striker Daisuke Sakata set up one and scored another to put the defending champions on their way to a comfortable victory while Iwata was left still looking for its first win of the stage.

Yokohama moved on to nine points from four games to stay in touch with Gamba Osaka, which maintained its 100 percent record with a 5-1 demolition of bottom club Kashiwa Reysol.

In-form Masashi Oguro netted his 13th and 14th goals of the season and Japan midfielder Yasuhito Endo added a third to kill the game off six minutes before the interval.

Brazilian Fernandinho made it four shortly after the break and after Kashiwa pulled one back courtesy of an own goal from the home side, substitute Satoshi Nakayama completed the rout in the 85th minute.

Gamba is two points clear of JEF United Ichihara and three ahead of Yokohama and Urawa Reds, who travel to Oita Trinita on Sunday.

Yokohama lost for the first time in 16 league matches at Nagoya Grampus Eight on Aug. 29 and was then knocked out of the Nabisco Cup by Urawa but Takeshi Okada's men dominated proceedings at Tokyo's National Stadium.

Yokohama took the lead after 16 minutes when Sakata lost his balance deep inside the area but recovered well to drag the ball back for former Iwata midfielder Daisuke Oku to smash the ball past Yohei Sato.

Back from midweek duty with 2002 World Cup semifinalist South Korea, Ahn Jung Hwan created the second, feeding Sakata with a fine pass for the 21-year-old striker to rifle home from a tight angle.

Ahn then wrapped up the win when he rose unmarked at the far post to power home his 10th goal of the season from Oku's pinpoint cross in the 62nd minute.

Elsewhere, Masataka Sakamoto scored what proved to be the winner and was then sent off as Ichihara moved into second after a 2-1 win over Tokyo Verdy while Shimizu S-Pulse brushed aside Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3-0, despite having former Japan midfielder Kazuyuki Toda red carded after 28 minutes. Hiroshima also finished the game with 10 men.

Brazilian Kelly scored twice from the penalty spot in FC Tokyo's 3-1 win at home to 10-man Vissel Kobe while in an earlier game substitutes Takuya Nozawa and Masaki Fukai were on target as Kashima Antlers came two goals down to edge Cerezo Osaka 4-3.

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