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Honda's buzzing in the J.League

Ending a week when Keisuke Honda has been linked with a move to Everton, his namesake Yuki Honda snatched a late winner for Nagoya Grampus. The debutante managed to net to give Piksie's charges the 3 points they deserved for their late pressure on the home side, Ventforet Kofu. Nagoya have now moved up to 9th, thanks to their first league win of the season.
 
Another late winner came at Vegalta Sendai, as the hosts edged past Emperor's Cup winners Kashiwa Reysol 2-1. Like Nagoya, Sendai are mid-table after a disapointing points-return of just 4 from 3 games.
 
Earlier in the week, Vegalta could only manage a 1-1 draw with Jiangsu Sainty in the Asian Champions League; while also in China, Beijing Guoan beat J-League title-holders Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1, who resume in the J.League tomorrow.
 
Going strong at the top of the table with 100-per-cent records are Yokohama F Marinos and Cerezo Osaka. Shingo Hyodo grabbed the winner for the Marinos, while Hotaru Yamaguchi made sure Cerezo kept pace with them.
 
After coming back to draw 2-2 after falling a couple of goals behind at Oita Trinita, Urawa Reds are (perhaps prematurely?) placed in an Asian Champions League qualification berth after just 3 games. Of course, they qualified last season and earlier this week, goals from Yosuke Kashiwagi, Kunimitsu Sekiguchi and Genki Haraguchi and a Muangthong own goal gave them a 4-1 win over 10-man Muangthong United in that competition.

The J.League's other midweek winners in the Asian Champions League were Kashiwa Reysol, who defeated Central Coast Mariners to top Group H. Leandro Domingues scored twice in that game and added another today, but it wasn't enough to prevent the week ending disappointingly at the aforementioned Vegalta.

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