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Marquinhos scores late winner as Marinos beat Reds

Associated Press Modified: May 3, 2012 at 8:00 am •  Published: May 3, 2012

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Brazilian striker Marquinhos scored his first goal since returning to Japan after last year's earthquake and tsunami as Yokohama F Marinos beat Urawa Reds 2-1 in the J-League on Thursday.

Marquinhos broke a 1-1 deadlock with a header in the 87th minute as Yokohama improved to 10 points with its second straight win.

Marquinhos, the J-League's Most Valuable Player in 2008, joined Vegalta Sendai in January, 2011 but abruptly left Japan in April of that year, citing emotional stress caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

He returned to Japan in January after signing with Yokohama, a team he played for in 2003.

Manabu Saito put Yokohama ahead with a long-range effort in the 11th minute before Tomoaki Makino equalized for Urawa midway through the second half.

Elsewhere, league leaders Vegalta improved to 23 points after a 1-1 draw with Sagan Tosu. Sendai has a five-point lead over second-place Shimizu S-Pulse which beat Kashima Antlers 3-0.

Takuro Yajima scored a pair of goals in the second half as Kawasaki Frontale beat Jubilo Iwata 4-3 to give new manager Yahiro Kazama his first win since replacing Naoki Soma two weeks ago.

Vissel Kobe defeated Omiya Ardija 3-0 while lowly Consadole Sapporo won its first game of the season after beating Cerezo Osaka 1-0. Albirex Niigata beat Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0.


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