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J.League wrap: Urawa still in title hunt

17 November 2012 11:11

Urawa Reds kept the fight for the J.League title alive with a 2-0 win over leaders Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Saturday.

Goals from Tsukasa Umesaki and Keita Suzuki on either side of the interval secured the win for third-placed Urawa, who trail Sanfrecce by six points with two games remaining.

While an inferior goal difference has all but ruled Urawa out of the title hunt, second-placed Vegalta Sendai remain in contention despite a third consecutive draw.

Vegalta were held to a 3-3 draw at 13th-placed Kashima Antlers, who came from two goals down to salvage a point.

Sendai are one point behind Hiroshima, who are favoured to win their final two games against 12th-placed Cerezo Osaka and 15th-placed Vissel Kobe.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Nagoya Grampus maintained the pressure on Urawa and the final AFC Champions League berth with a 2-0 win over Jubilo Iwata.

Nagoya are equal on points with Urawa but behind with an inferior goal difference.

Kawasaki Frontale accounted for Albirex Niigata 1-0 away from home, while Yokohama F. Marinos were beaten 2-1 by the visiting Kashiwa Reysol.

Sagan Tosu overcame Consadole Sapporo 3-2 on the road, and Vissel Kobe grabbed a 1-0 win at FC Tokyo.

Gamba Osaka claimed a 3-1 victory at Shimizu S-Pulse, while Omiya Ardija won 3-1 away to Cerezo Osaka.

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Competition
J1 League
Date
17 November 2012
Game week
32
Kick-off
06:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Saitama Stadium 2002 (Saitama)
Attendance
41296

Goals

T. Umesaki 41'  
1 - 0
K. Suzuki 61'  
2 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
18
2 77'
6
20 77'
22
13 61'
14
10 23'
7 41'
3
24
Coach: M. Petrović

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
12
29
11
1
16
26
27
# Player Bookings
16
9
2 90'
13
20
33
35

Sunday 5 July

Saturday 4 July

22:11
19:44
19:16
19:11
17:45
17:45
17:10
16:45
16:09
16:06
15:35
13:48
13:17
12:56
12:28
11:14
10:04
08:50
07:47
07:28
07:27
06:58
06:55
06:18
04:44
04:35
04:10
03:24
02:58
01:39

Friday 3 July

J1 League table

# Team MP D P
12 17 -10 20
13 17 -2 19
14 17 -3 18
15 17 -9 15
16 17 -10 14

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