Nagoya reach summit, Nakamura sinks Shimizu
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A brace from Japan international striker Keiji Tamada helped Nagoya Grampus to a 3-1 win over Urawa Red Diamonds and the lead in the J-League standings.

With the scores level at 1-1, Tamada fired home from 20 yards out in the 79th minute, and netted another from a pass from Australian international Joshua Kennedy four minutes later.

Former Urawa defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka had started the scoring against his old club with a 54th minute header, but their lead was cancelled out by Tomoya Ugajin 11 minutes later.

Nagoya are now two points clear of previous leaders Shimizu S-Pulse and three points ahead of defending champions Kashima Antlers.

I couldn't score in our previous games. I finally scored today.
Shunsuke Nakamura, Yokohama Marinos midfielder

Shimizu lost 2-1 to Yokohama Marinos with Japan international midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura striking the decider with a direct free-kick in the 53rd minute.

"I couldn't score in our previous games. I finally scored today. I'm glad that we won this away game," said Nakamura, who played only one game as a substitute in the FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa.

Kashima were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Tokyo after Shinzo Koroki's opener was cancelled out by an equaliser from defender Yasuyuki Konno four minutes from time.

Gamba Osaka ran out 3-1 winners over Vegalta Sendai, while Kawasaki were to play Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Sunday. Elsewhere, the game between Vissel Kobe and Shonan Bellmare ended goalless, while Montedio Yamagata defeated Albirex Niigata 1-0 yesterday.