Nagoya maintain lead, Kashima lose
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Former Colombian international midfielder Luis Danilson grabbed the winner as Nagoya Grampus scored a 3-1 victory over Gamba Osaka to maintain their lead in the J-League standings.

Naoshi Nakamura had opened the scoring for Nagoya in the sixth minute, while Hideo Hashimoto levelled the scores with a left-footer in the 17th.

Australian international striker Joshua Kennedy nodded the ball home from close range to restore Grampus' advantage in the 69th minute, before Danilson made the points safe with a headed effort.

Nagoya now have 41 points, putting them five points above Cerezo Osaka, defending champions Kashima Antlers and Shimizu S-Pulse.

Kawasaki Frontale come next on 35 points, Albirex Niigata on 34 points, Gamba Osaka and Yokohama Marinos on 31 points.

Cerezo Osaka defeated Kashima 1-0 on Saturday, while Shimizu lost to Jubilo Iwata 2-1 on Sunday. Iwata midfielder Kosuke Yamamoto set-up Brazilian forward Gilsinho for the opener in the 22nd minute and then scored the winner after Shimizu had levelled.

Yesterday, Niigata defeated Kawasaki 2-1, while Yokohama beat bottom placed Kyoto Sanga 2-1.

In other Sunday games, Vegalta Sendai scored three goals - a brace from Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho's brace one from Shingo Akamine - to beat Omiya Ardija 3-0 for their first win in 15 games. Montedio Yamagata drew with Vissel Kobe 0-0.