Kashima Antlers hold all the cards in the race for the J. League title after beating Oita Trinita 1-0 in front of 31,744 fans at the Kyushu Oil Dome.
The loss was just Oita’s second league defeat at home this season, but it has ended their title hopes after the Kyushu side succumbed to a Poker Online Uang Asli fifty-fifth minute strike from Kashima’s dynamic young full-back Atsuto Uchida, who is currently attracting interest from a host of European clubs.
Victory was no less than Kashima deserved, and after going desperately close to opening the scoring through Takuya Nozawa and Masashi Motoyama in the first half, Oswaldo de Oliveira’s side finally conjured the goal their dominant performance deserved just ten minutes after the restart, before expertly holding on to a one goal lead for the remainder of the match.
Things got even better for Kashima with the news that bitter rivals Urawa Reds were beaten 2-1 at home by Shimizu S-Pulse in front of 54,709 fans at Saitama Stadium.
The result was a bitter pill to swallow for Urawa coach Gert Engels, who is widely tipped to be replaced during the close season, with former SC Freiburg coach Volke Finke a conspicuous presence in the press box for this clash.
He witnessed a pulsating encounter that was illuminated by an outstanding opener from S-Pulse midfielder Takuma Edamura, who charged on to Akihiro Hyodo’s chipped ball forward before snapping a half-volley across his body and into the far corner of Ryota Tsuzuki’s goal.
After being on the back foot for most of the first half, Urawa almost hit back through Robson Ponte immediately after the restart. Instead it was their talismanic defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka who drew the Saitama giants level, as his …