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Monday, May 11, 2009

Frontale stun Reds; Antlers go top

SAITAMA (Kyodo) Kawasaki Frontale wrecked Urawa Reds' 100 percent home record with a stunning 3-2 win in the J. League on Sunday.

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In full flight: Gamba Osaka's Hayato Sasaki drives at the Reysol defense during his side's 4-0 win on Sunday. KYODO PHOTO

Kawasaki twice fell behind at Saitama Stadium 2002, but two goals in the last 16 minutes from substitute Renatinho and North Korean striker Chong Tese saw Frontale rebound from consecutive defeats and pick up their first league win on the road this season.

Kashima Antlers knocked Urawa off the top of the table after goals from Marquinhos and Masashi Motoyama gave the champions a 2-1 win at home to Shimizu S-Pulse.

Kashima has 23 points and leads Urawa on goal difference with a game in hand.

Edmilson headed in Sergio Escudero's corner to break the deadlock on 32 minutes, and Ryota Tsuzuki's fine double save from Kosuke Kikuchi and Chong ensured Urawa went in at the break in front.

Tsuzuki produced another wonderful stop from Juninho five minutes into the second half but Kawasaki, still smarting from a bruising 3-1 midweek defeat to Tianjin Teda in the Asian Champions League, finally made the breakthrough on 58 minutes as Chong teed up Juninho to sweep home.

Marcus Tulio Tanaka restored Urawa's lead on 65 minutes, but the Japan international defender turned villain by fouling Juninho to concede a 74th-minute penalty.

Renatinho made no mistake from the spot, and the Brazilian then turned provider moments later for Chong to bag the winner.

"We had lost our last two competitive matches so it was nice to win today," said Chong.

Kawasaki moved up to sixth in the table on 15 points.

Elsewhere, Gamba Osaka went third as Leandro scored his eighth league goal to put the Asian Club champions on the way to a 4-0 win over struggling Kashiwa Reysol, while a late equalizer from substitute Tomohiro Tsuda earned Nagoya Grampus a 2-2 draw away to Vissel Kobe.

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