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Monday, April 20, 2009

Lee hits debut double as Jubilo beat S-Pulse

FUKUROI, Shizuoka Pref. (Kyodo) South Korean international striker Lee Keun Ho scored twice on a dream debut to help give Jubilo Iwata their first win of the season with a 3-0 whipping of Shimizu S-Pulse in the J. League on Sunday.

Lee announced his arrival by firing the opener early in the second half and added a clinical second 16 minutes from time before Ryoichi Maeda, creator of both of Lee's goals, ensured Iwata claimed local bragging rights with a late third at Ecopa Stadium.

"It's thanks to the whole team, starting with Maeda, that I was able to get on the scoresheet today. I think we will start moving up the table," said Lee.

"We can take it from here, practice hard and do our best to go right to the top," added the 24-year-old Beijing Olympic striker, who had been linked with a handful of European clubs before joining Iwata at the start of this month.

Shimizu made a bright start, and Jubilo goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi had to be alert to an 11th-minute effort by Shinji Okazaki before Keisuke Iwashita flashed a header wide of the post.

Kawaguchi then produced a super stop from Masaki Yamamoto's free kick just after the half-hour mark but it was Iwata that broke the deadlock 11 minutes into the second half.

Maeda turned a cross back across the face of goal, and with S-Pulse 'keeper Yohei Nishibe in no-man's land, Lee popped up to bury the ball in the left-hand corner of the net.

Maeda then had a hand in the second, flicking on Kawaguchi's goal kick for Lee to gallop into the box and lash past a helpless Nishibe from an acute angle.

With nine minutes left, Maeda completed a competent display with his second goal in as many games, rattling a shot from the edge of the box in off the post to wrap up the scoring.

"I had been missing everything and wanted to score so I am pleased I got one," said Maeda. "We (Maeda and Lee) didn't gel that well in the first half, but we gradually developed an understanding and I think we will get even better."

Iwata moved off the foot of the table, but Oita Trinita dropped to 17th after going down 3-2 away to Vissel Kobe in the day's other game.

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