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Yokohama F Marinos stay undefeated in J-League

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2013 at 5:29 am •  Published: April 6, 2013

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Kosuke Nakamachi and Brazilian Marquinhos scored second-half goals Saturday as undefeated Yokohama F Marinos beat defending champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3-1 to maintain its lead in the J-League.

Seitaro Tomisawa scored late in the first half to give Yokohama the lead, but Yojiro Takahagi equalized three minutes after the break with a right-footed shot from six meters that beat goalkeeper Tetsuya Enomoto.

Nakamichi restored Yokohama's lead in the 73rd minute, and Marquinhos sealed victory with his sixth goal of the season six minutes later.

Yokohama improved to 15 points, four ahead of Omiya Ardija, which beat FC Tokyo through Zlatan Ljubijankic's 78th-minute winner to extend its unbeaten run to 16 games dating back to last season.

In other matches, Shimizu S-Pulse defeated Sagan Tosu 1-0 and Albirex Niigata beat Vegalta Sendai by the same score.

Defender Yukio Tsuchiya's header with eight minutes remaining gave Ventforet Kofu a 1-0 victory over winless Oita Trinita. Yasushi Endo scored early in the second half as Kashima Antlers beat Cerezo Osaka 1-0.

Elsewhere, Nagoya Grampus drew 3-3 with Kashiwa Reysol, and Shonan Bellmare and Kawasaki Frontale finished in a 1-1 draw.


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