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Monday, Dec. 14, 2009

Kennedy's hat-trick shoots Nagoya into Emperor's Cup semis

NAGOYA (Kyodo) Australian striker Josh Kennedy stole the show with a hat-trick as Nagoya Grampus beat second-division FC Gifu 3-0 to move into the semifinals of the Emperor's Cup on Sunday.

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Nagoya Grampus striker Josh Kennedy heads for his second goal during the semifinals of the Emperor's Cup Sunday. KYODO PHOTO

Kennedy headed Grampus in front on the stroke of halftime and added a second on 68 minutes before wrapping up victory seven minutes from time at Mizuho Stadium.

Nagoya will meet Shimizu S-Pulse, who edged Albirex Niigata 3-2 on Saturday, in the semifinals at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa on Dec. 29.

Holders Gamba Osaka beat J-League champions Kashima Antlers 2-1 on Saturday and will face second-division champions Vegalta Sendai, 2-1 winners over Kawasaki Frontale, in the other semi at Tokyo's National Stadium, venue for the New Year's Day final.

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