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Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010

'King Kazu' breaks own own J2 scoring mark

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura at 43 years, 5 months and 12 days became the oldest player to score in the J. League's second division on Saturday when he netted in FC Yokohama's 2-0 win at home to Fagiano Okayama.

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Cross-body kick: Shimizu S-Pulse midfielder Shinji Ono shoots during Saturday's J. League match against Kashima Antlers at Outsourcing Stadium in Shizuoka Pref. S-Pulse won 2-1. KYODO PHOTO

Miura, whose goalscoring exploits in his heyday in the 1990s earned him the title of "King Kazu" rewrote his own record by sealing victory with his first goal of the season in the third minute of second-half injury time at Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium.

Former Brazil international and ex-Japan coach Zico holds the oldest record in the first division, scoring at 41 years, 3 months and 12 days for Kashima Antlers in 1994.

S-Pulse top Antlers

SHIZUOKA (Kyodo) Substitute Takuma Edamura bundled in the winner as Shimizu S-Pulse edged champions Kashima Antlers 2-1 to move into pole position in the J. League first division on Saturday.

A well-taken header from substitute Shinzo Koroki canceled out Jungo Fujimoto's first-half penalty for S-Pulse, but Edamura settled the top-of-the table clash at Outsourcing Stadium 16 minutes from time to help his team leapfrog Kashima into first place at the midway point of the season.

Shimizu goes into the second half of the campaign with 36 points from 17 games, two ahead of Kashima, which is chasing an unprecedented fourth league crown.

At the other end of the table, goals from Yuki Fukaya, Naoki Ishihara and Brazilian striker Rafael saw Omiya Ardija beat fellow strugglers Shonan Bellmare 3-0. Kyoto Sanga, meanwhile, remain rooted to the foot of the table after a 2-0 defeat to Albirex Niigata.

A 28th-minute strike from Cho Young Cheol and a late own goal at Nishikyogoku Stadium helped move Niigata into fourth spot and extend its unbeaten streak to 11 matches.

Elsewhere, Hideo Hashimoto scored for the third game in a row as Gamba Osaka ran out 2-0 winners at Sanfrecce Hiroshima, veteran defender Naoki Matsuda hit the winner in Yokohama F. Marinos' 1-0 triumph at Vegalta Sendai, while Montedio Yamagata beat visiting Jubilo Iwata courtesy of Tomotaka Kitamura's 46th-minute clincher.

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