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J-League wrap: Sanfrecce, Urawa score upset wins

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 24 Apr 2011

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Sanfrecce Hiroshima moved to equal second in the J-League on Sunday thanks to a 4-1 demolition of powerhouse Gamba Osaka at home.

The hosts made the perfect to the contest, when striker Tadanari Lee opened the scoring inside the first minute of the match and from there they did not look back, with goals to Koji Morisaki, Mihael Mikic and Hisato Sato killing the game off.

Gamba Osaka did manage a late consolation from Shota Kawanishi, but it would do little to brighten the mood of coach Akira Nishino.

In another upset, the Urawa Reds thrashed reigning champions Nagoya Grampus 3-0 at home to leave Nagoya with just one point from their opening two matches.

Brazilian midfielder Marcio Richardes opened the scoring for the hosts in the 12th minute, and Tatsuya Tanaka doubled their advantage 13 minutes later.

Genki Haraguchi completed the rout 12 minutes from the end to hand the Reds their first win of the campaign.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Jubilo Iwata emerged with a point from their trip to Albirex Niigata, when a 68th-minute goal from Gilshino helped them erase an early penalty from Young-Cheol Cho and earn a 1-1 draw.

Montedio Yamagata and Cerezo Osaka played out a goalless draw at the ND Soft Stadium Yamagata.

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