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Monday, Aug. 29, 2005

Omiya recovers from two-goal deficit to win

SAITAMA (Kyodo) Omiya Ardija produced a stirring second-half comeback to edge Shimizu S-Pulse 3-2 in the J. League first division on Sunday.

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Akihiro Hyodo of Shimizu S-Pulse (center) celebrates after scoring in the 43rd minute of Sunday's match against Omiya Ardija in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture. Ardija won 3-2.

Yukihiko Sato pounced on a loose ball to fire Shimizu in front after 11 minutes and South Korean striker Cho Jae Jin set up Akihiro Hyodo to score just before the break to put the visitor in control.

But Brazilian midfielder Toninho ignited Omiya's comeback with a long-range effort four minutes after the interval and home fans had barely finished celebrating that goal when Tuto made it 2-2 against his old club from the penalty spot.

Midfielder Tatsunori Hisanaga completed the turnaround 15 minutes from time with the third from a Jun Marques Davidson pass to lift Omiya into ninth in the table on 28 points.

The result left Shimizu fourth from bottom.

Fellow strugglers Kashiwa Reysol missed the chance to leapfrog Shimizu after it was held to a 1-1 draw at home to Cerezo Osaka in the day's other fixture.

Hidekazu Otani scored for Reysol in the 56th minute but Fabinho leveled in the 89th.

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