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Tamada nets brace as Nagoya Grampus jump back to top of table

Nagoya Grampus recorded a strong 3-1 home win over Urawa Reds on the weekend to jump back to the summit of the J-League.

Japan international Keiji Tamada scored a brace for the winners, netting in the 79th and 83rd minutes, after Marcus Tulio Tanaka opened the scoring ten minutes after half-time.

Urawa's Tomoya Ugajin equalised after Tulio's opener but Tamada shone through for Nagoya who replaced Shimizu S-Pulse at the top of the table after they lost 2-1 at home to Yokohama F. Marinos with Shunsuke Nakamura scoring the winner in the 53rd minute.

Elsewhere in the J-League, Montedio Yamagata beat Albirex Niigata 1-0 at home, Gamba Osaka enjoyed a solid 3-1 away win over Vegalta Sendai, Kawasaki Frontale got the points thanks to a 2-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Cerezo Osaka beat Kyoto Sanga 1-0 away from home, Kashima Antlers and Tokyo FC had a 1-1 draw whilst Vissel Kobe and Shonan Bellmare played out a scoreless draw as did Omiya Ardija and Jubilo Iwata.

Australian striker Josh Kennedy was joined on top of the goalscorers list by Gamba Osaka's Shoki Hirai on 10 goals whilst Shimizu S-Pulse's Shinji Okazaki grabbed his ninth in his sides win.

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