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Friday, June 9, 2006

Three advance in Nabisco Cup

CHIBA (Kyodo) Holder JEF United Chiba, Yokohama F. Marinos and Kashima Antlers advanced to the semifinals of the J. League Nabisco Cup after winning their quarterfinal second-leg matches Thursday.

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Jef United Chiba Midfielder Yuki Abe (6) celebrates with his teammates after beating Cerezo Osaka 3-2 in their Nabisco Cup quarterfinal match Thursday at Fukuda Denshi Arena in Chiba. JEF United advanced to the semifinals with an 8-4 aggregate score.

Chiba held off Cerezo Osaka 3-2 at home after the 5-2 away win Sunday, and Yokohama beat host Jubilo Iwata 2-0 for an aggregate score of 4-1. Kashima eliminated Gamba Osaka with a 2-0 away win after a scoreless draw in the first leg.

At Fukuda Denshi Arena, Chiba was on course for a comfortable win after a goal from Satoru Yamagishi and a brace from Austrian striker Mario Haas gave the home side a 3-0 lead by the half-hour mark before Cerezo marked.

Yokohama reached the last four for the second successive year with a goal in each half from Marques and substitute Tatsuhiko Kubo, who missed out on a spot in Japan's World Cup squad.

Three-time League Cup winner Kashima ousted Gamba, last year's runnerup, because of a second-half double from Alex Mineiro that sent the Ibaraki club into the semis for the first time in three years.

The semifinals will be played Sept. 2 and Oct. 4.

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