Nagoya take Super Cup after shootout
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Former Japan international goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki stopped three shots to help Nagoya Grampus to a 3-1 penalty shootout victory over Kashima Antlers in the Super Cup today.

It was Nagoya's second victory in the Super Cup and their first in 15 years.

After drawing 1-1 in regular time, both teams started badly in the shootout, with Australian international Joshua Kennedy and Kashima captain Daiki Iwamasa missing their first shots.

But Narazaki stopped two more shots by Brazilian defender Alex and Toru Araiba, while Jungo Fujimoto, Alessandro Santos and Yoshizumi Ogawa all netted their kicks.

It was very important to avoid injuries. The game was played with fair play by both teams, so is a very good warming up for the J-League.
Dragan Stojkovic, Nagoya Grampus coach

Earlier, defender Takahiro Masukawa had opened the scoring for Nagoya with a header from Fujimoto's free-kick in the 54th minute, but midfielder Takuya Nozawa made it even with a direct free-kick in the 66th minute.

"It's very satisfactory during the 90 minutes. It was a very interesting, very open game. Both teams had good chances, so a draw is a good result for both teams," said Nagoya's Serbian coach Dragan Stojkovic.

"It was very important to avoid injuries. The game was played with fair play by both teams, so is a very good warming up for the J-League."

Both Nagoya and Kashima will take part in the AFC Champions League, which kicks off next Tuesday prior to the J-League.

"Both competitions - the J-League and the Asia - are very important for us. It's really a kind of challenge, so I think we will be ready for both to play at a high level," added Stojkovic.