Kashiwa Reysol vs. Kawasaki Frontale  3 - 1

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J.League: Kashiwa Reysol 3 Kawasaki Frontale 1

3 March 2013 08:44

Kashiwa Reysol started the J.League season with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Kawasaki Frontale on Sunday.

After losing the Super Cup to last season's J.League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima last week, Kashiwa entered the match wanting to make amends.

And they did just that with a thoroughly impressive performance in front of their home fans at the Kashiwa Hitachi Stadium.

Brazilian Cleo, who joined Kashiwa Reysol from Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou Evergrande in the off-season, made a great start to life with his new club.

He netted in Kashiwa's 1-0 Asian Champions League win against Guizhou Renhe in midweek and opened the scoring in this match after just four minutes.

Cleo had a second just after the hour mark to the delight of the home fans before attacker Masato Kudo added a third.

Brazilian Renatinho pulled back a consolation for the losers but it mattered little as Kashiwa Reysol climbed to second on the table.

J1 League table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +22 63
2 34 +18 62
3 34 +14 60
4 34 +21 59
5 34 +8 59
6 34 +10 58
7 34 +6 55
8 34 +14 54
9 34 -9 50
10 34 -3 48
11 34 -1 47
12 34 -9 46
13 34 +3 45
14 34 -3 45
15 34 -11 37
16 34 -28 25
17 34 -16 23
18 34 -36 14