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Soccer: Grampus scramble past Cerezo

Yutaka Yoshida (23) of Nagoya Grampus scores the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Cerezo Osaka in their J-League first-division match at Toyota Stadium on May 8, 2021. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A big defensive play and a lucky goal made the difference for second-place Nagoya Grampus in their 1-0 win over Cerezo Osaka in the J-League first division on Saturday.

    In a game that looked like it would go goalless, Cerezo were denied a tremendous chance when a missed 61st-minute header rolled in space in front of the goal. Defender Shinnosuke Nakatani, however, pounced to clear the ball.

    Five minutes later, fortune smiled again on the hosts at Toyota Stadium, when defender Yutaka Yoshida scored from what initially appeared to be an offside position -- with no one between him and the goal but the keeper. The assistant referee saw that and raised his flag, but he was overruled as the through pass to Yoshida, playing in his 300th career game, had been touched by a defender.

    Elsewhere, goals from Leandro Damiao and Kaoru Mitoma lifted league leaders Kawasaki Frontale to a 2-0 away win at Gamba Osaka.

    At Tosu's Ekimae Real Estate Stadium, third-placed Sagan Tosu, were held to a 0-0 draw by Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

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