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Monday, June 6, 2011

Holder Jubilo makes successful start


Japan Under-22 striker Ryohei Yamazaki and Yuki Kobayashi were on target as Jubilo Iwata began its defense of the revamped Nabisco Cup with a 2-0 win over struggling Avispa Fukuoka in the first leg of Sunday's first round.

Yamazaki opened the scoring after 13 minutes and Kobayashi sealed victory midway through the second half but last year's beaten finalist Sanfrecce Hiroshima was held 2-2 at home to Kawasaki Frontale.

Hiroshima came from a goal down to lead 2-1 through David Mujiri but Takanobu Komiya snatched an equalizer for the visitors two minutes from time.

In other games, Genki Haraguchi sealed Urawa Reds' 2-0 win at home to Montedio Yamagata, Yuki Nakashima's stoppage time goal earned Vegalta Sendai a 1-0 win at J. League leader Kashiwa Reysol, while Mike Havenaar gave Ventforet Kofu a 1-0 win at home to Shimizu S-Pulse.

Yokohama F. Marinos were held 1-1 at home to Vissel Kobe, Rogerinho leveling for Vissel in the third minute of second-half injury time.

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