Nagoya net four against Al Ain
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Nagoya Grampus notched their first AFC Champions League win of the season with a thumping 4-0 home victory over ten-man Al Ain today.

Midfielder Mu Kanazaki scored twice to give the J-League champions a much-needed three points at the Mizuho Athletic Stadium, in a game rearranged from 15 March following Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The home side started brightly, with midfielder Yoshizumi Ogawa hitting the bar in the third minute before Kanazaki opened the scoring in the 27th minute - only Nagoya's second goal in this year's competition.

Al Ain came close to an immediate reply a minute later when an unmarked Elias received the ball just outside the box, but his shot sailed wide.

It was important for the team to show our character and we proved that we have the quality with our good play.
Dragan Stojkovic, Nagoya Grampus coach

A Kanazaki header doubled Nagoya's lead in first-half injury time before Al Ain midfielder Brahima Keita turned the ball into his own net on 61 minutes.

There was more misery to come for the United Arab Emirates side as defender Fares Al Saadi was sent off for bringing down Jungo Fujimoto just outside the area after 76 minutes. The midfielder picked himself up to curl the resulting free-kick left-footed into the net.

After losing 2-0 away to China PR's Hangzhou Greentown and drawing at home against FC Seoul, Nagoya coach Dragan Stojkovic said he was pleased with the improvement in his side's performance.

"It was important for the team to show our character and we proved that we have the quality with our good play," he said.

Next up for Nagoya is a testing trip to group leaders Seoul, unbeaten in three Champions League fixtures so far this season, while Al Ain play Hangzhou at home. Both matches are scheduled for 19 April.