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Monday, Oct. 10, 2005

West is best in All-Star matchup

OITA (Kyodo) Takashi Fukunishi, Daiki Takamatsu and Masashi Nakayama found the net as J. League West came from behind to beat J. League East 3-2 in an All-Star match on Sunday.

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J-West forward Magno Alves of Oita Trinita fires a shot past J-East defender Yuki Abe of JEF United Chiba in the first half of the J. League All-Star game at Oita Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

JEF United Chiba striker Seiichiro Maki headed home for West after 12 minutes, but East drew level on a 39th-minute strike from Jubilo Iwata midfielder Takashi Fukunishi before Oita Trinita forward Takamatsu delighted home fans at Oita Stadium Big Eye with a header 11 minutes after the break.

Veteran Iwata striker Nakayama bundled home the third for West in the 67th minute before East pulled one back through Yokohama F. Marinos defender Yuji Nakazawa four minutes from time.

The 38-year-old Nakayama became the oldest player to score a goal in a J. League All-Star game. Oita striker Magno Alves, who set up two of the goals for West, was named man of the match.

West won for the first time in five years and improved its record against East to six wins against four defeats with one draw in the annual event. The match drew a crowd of 31,437.

Japan internationals named in the All-Star squads, including Fukunishi, Nakazawa, Gamba Osaka defender Tsuneyasu Miyamoto and Kashima Antlers midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara, were left out of Japan's ongoing European tour.

Cote d'Ivoire friendly

Japan will play the Ivory Coast in a home friendly at National Stadium on Nov. 16, the Japan Football Association said Sunday.

The Ivory Coast qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time after a 3-1 win away to Sudan on Saturday in the final match of its qualifying campaign. The result put the Ivory Coast on top of African final-round Group 3 on 22 points, one ahead of Cameroon.

JFA President Saburo Kawabuchi earlier said the association will host a friendly in November against the winner of the African group when the Ivory Coast and Cameroon were vying for a place in next summer's World Cup finals in Germany.



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