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Moriwaki backs Urawa's title credentials with a goal

Former Sanfrecce Hiroshima defender Ryota Moriwaki seems to be relishing the prospect of lifting the J1 title with another club: Urawa Reds. Moriwaki spoke to the Japan Times, just prior to the Reds' 6-2 away demolition of Asian Cup quarter-finalists, Kashiwa Reysol, about how much he's enjoying playing for them. The27-year-old Japan international must be even more delighted with his new club, now that he's bagged his first goal for them.

However, Kashiwa didn't put up much resistance. It was a complete a whitewash. So we can draw two possible conclusions: Urawa (the top scorers in J1 so far) are utterly invincible, when playing at their best; or, the real Kashiwa (the team that beat Jeonbuk Motors 3-2, 4 days earlier) didn't turn up. Whatever the reason, the result moved Urawa into third, 6 points behind the league-leaders, Omiya Ardija, with a game in hand.

Meanwhile, Nagoya Grampus crashed to their fifth successive J1 defeat: 2-1 away at Cerezo Osaka. Tulio hit the woodwork in the final moments, but all Grampus's efforts were in vain. Luckily, results elsewhere went Nagoya's way, so they remain 3 points above the relegation zone.

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