Soccer: Grampus scramble past Cerezo

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A big defensive play and a lucky goal made the difference for second-place Nagoya Grampus in their 1-0 win over Cerezo Osaka in the J-League first division on Saturday.

In a game that looked like it would go goalless, Cerezo were denied a tremendous chance when a missed 61st-minute header rolled in space in front of the goal. Defender Shinnosuke Nakatani, however, pounced to clear the ball.

Five minutes later, fortune smiled again on the hosts at Toyota Stadium, when defender Yutaka Yoshida scored from what initially appeared to be an offside position. The assistant referee thought so and raised his flag, but he was overruled as the through pass to Yoshida had been touched by a defender.

Elsewhere, Sagan Tosu, currently third, were held to a 0-0 draw by Sanfrecce Hiroshima at their home ground, Ekimae Real Estate Stadium.