Kennedy seals victory for Nagoya Grampus

Australian striker Josh Kennedy netted the most important goal of his short career in Japan.

Australian striker Josh Kennedy netted the most important goal of his short career in Japan.

Nagoya Grampus were down 2-1 from the first leg of their Asian Champions League quarter-final against J-League rivals Kawasaki Frontale, but came out firing at the Mizuho Stadium.

Ogawa Yoshizumi opened the scoring for the home side to level the overall score at 2-2 before Maya Yoshida but Grampus ahead ten minutes before half-time.

The lead only lasted three minutes, however, as Kawasaki’s Chong Tese made it 2-1 on the evening, making the aggregate 3-3.

Enter Kennedy who netted with two minutes remaining to enable Grampus to qualify for the semi-finals and maintain his brilliant scoring record (7 goals in 11 games) since arriving in Japan.

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