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Thursday, April 6, 2006

Jubilo downs Ardija in Nabisco Cup

IWATA, Shizuoka Pref. (Kyodo) Midfielder Keisuke Funatani struck a second-half winner Wednesday as Jubilo Iwata beat Omiya Ardija 2-1 at home to earn the first points of its J. League Nabisco Cup campaign.

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Kota Yoshihara (left) of Omiya Ardija battles for the ball against Naoya Kikuchi of Jubilo Iwata during their Nabisco Cup first-round clash in Shizuoka.

Funatani finished off a neat three-man move with his 73rd-minute goal after a Yoshiaki Ota header cancelled out an early strike from Omiya forward Hiroshi Morita and put both sides on level terms at halftime at Yamaha Stadium.

The victory gave Iwata three points after two matches in first-round Group D of the Nabisco Cup, while Omiya opened its campaign on a losing note in the only fixture of the competition scheduled for Wednesday.

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