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New Kagawa signing off in J2 style, before Young Boys of Berne transfer

Yes, he's been called the new Shinji Kagawa, but Yuya Kubo has done little to justify that tag in recent seasons. However, he did score today in Kyoto Sanga's 3-0 home victory over Gainare Tottori. Kubo has been long linked with Young Boys of Berne and rumours suggesting a summer move there have gathered momentum. Berner Zeitung have run a story, which I can't sufficiently understand with Google Translate, so here I am wishing I could understand German for myself and make sense of it all! Alan Gibson of J Soccer Magazine describes Kubo as 'an explosive forward who needs a new challenge,' so a move to Europe could be beckoning.

Elsewhere in the J.League, as I predicted (sort of!), Yokohama F. Marinos couldn't keep up their amazing start to the season. The Marinos lost 1-0 away in Niigata against Albirex. It was a deserved victory for the hosts. Omiya Ardija narrowly defeated 3rd-placed Urawa Reds to edge closer to the table-toppers.

Meanwhile, in J2, league-leaders Vissel Kobe didn't falter, running at 2-1 winners away at Yokohama, thanks to goals from the returning Popo and Takayuki Yoshida.

Gamba Osaka stay second after smashing four past Kataller Toyama, which included a hat-trick from Leandro.

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