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J.League wrap: Sendai stay perfect

Vegalta Sendai continued their perfect start to the J.League season with a 2-1 win against Cerezo Osaka on Saturday.

Brazilian striker Wilson scored his first goal for Sendai since joining from Chinese club Shaanxi Chan-Ba in the 35th minute, while Shingo Akamine added another for the visitors five minutes after the break.

Cerezo’s Ryugi Bando dragged the margin back to one goal in the 84th minute to set up a tight finish but Sendai held on.

Sendai lead the J.League with 12 points after four wins from four games, while Cerezo are seventh on seven points.

Jubilo Iwata moved into second spot with a 1-0 victory over reigning champions Kashiwa Reysol.

Kashiwa had grabbed their first win of the season last week but they could not continue that form against Jubilo.

The home side took the lead in the 26th minute thanks to Ryoichi Maeda and held on in a tight match to jump above FC Tokyo on the ladder.

In Tokyo, the home side suffered their first defeat of the season, going down 1-0 to Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Sanfrecce’s Hisato Sato scored the only goal of the game in the 58th minute.

Promoted club Sagan Tosu thumped Vissel Kobe 3-0 to win their second match in a row.

Ryunosuke Noda, Yohei Toyoda and Kei Ikeda scored for Sagan.

Elsewhere, Shimizu S-Pulse defeated Consadole Sapporo 1-0, Yokohama F. Marinos drew 0-0 with Kashima Antlers and Albirex Niigata were held 1-1 at home by Gamba Osaka.

Urawa Red Diamonds drew 1-1 with Kawasaki Frontale, while the scoreline was the same between Omiya Ardija and Nagoya Grampus.

Sat 31 Mar, 2012
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