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Monday, May 15, 2006

Washington fires Reds into Nabisco Cup quarterfinals

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) Brazilian striker Washington secured Urawa Reds a place in the quarterfinals of the Nabisco Cup on Sunday as Guido Buchwald's men made it four wins out of four in Group A with a 2-1 win away to Yokohama F. Marinos.

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Urawa Reds forward Yuichiro Nagai reacts after scoring an equalizer in the 13th minute during Sunday's Nabisco Cup match against Yokohama F. Marinos.

Daisuke Nasu gave Yokohama the lead when he headed home Kenta Kano's corner in the seventh minute at Nissan Stadium, but Yuichiro Nagai leveled for the visitors soon after by sweeping home Tadaaki Hirakawa's cross.

Yokohama was unable to capitalize on numerous chances in the second half and Nagai turned provider for Washington shortly before the hour mark to end Yokohama's perfect record and send the Reds into the last eight.

Avispa Fukuoka picked up its first win thanks to Kohei Miyazaki's 85th-minute strike in a 1-0 win in Group A away to FC Tokyo, but holder JEF United Chiba suffered its first defeat in Group C, 1-0 away to Shimizu S-Pulse.

Former JEF striker Marquinhos headed the winner in the 70th minute at Nihondaira Stadium while the game between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Albirex Niigata finished 0-0.

In Group B, leaders Kashima Antlers came from behind to beat 10-man Kyoto Purple Sanga 3-2 courtesy of a pair of quick-fire goals from Alex Mineiro and Kawasaki Frontale also posted a third win with a 2-0 defeat of Oita Trinita at Kyushu Oil Dome.

Substitute Takaaki Tokushige kept Cerezo Osaka top of Group D with a late equalizer in the 1-1 draw away to Nagoya Grampus Eight while in-form Daigo Kobayashi's last-gasp effort proved decisive as Omiya Ardija edged visiting Ventforet Kofu 1-0.

The top team from each of the four groups advance to the quarterfinals along with three teams with the best runnerup records and last year's beaten finalist Gamba Osaka.

Gamba received a bye into the last eight due to its involvement in the Asian Champions League.



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