Soccer: Relegation-threatened S-Pulse earn vital win against Grampus

Shimizu S-Pulse climbed off the bottom of the J-League first-division table Sunday thanks to a 2-0 win away to Nagoya Grampus.

Kenta Nishizawa struck late in the first half and Thiago Santana added the second in injury time at Toyota Stadium after Yutaka Yoshida's 88th-minute dismissal reduced the hosts to 10 men.

Shimizu's first J1 victory since June 18 lifted them above Jubilo Iwata in the 18-team standings. Ze Ricardo's men had fallen to last place following Wednesday's loss to fellow relegation battlers Vissel Kobe, who followed up with a win over Jubilo on Saturday.

Grampus almost led in the opening minute when Leo Silva hit the post with a long-range drive. They threatened again soon after, with Yoichiro Kakitani heading wide off Mateus' cross.

Nishizawa gave the visitors the lead on a counterattack in the 38th minute, slotting from the edge of the area after Carlinhos Junior sped down the left flank and cut a diagonal ball back.

Shimizu nearly doubled the lead when Nishizawa rattled the upright two minutes into the second half.

Nagoya captain Sho Inagaki put the ball in the net on a counter, but saw what would have been the equalizer waved off for offside.

Santana sealed the result when he fired home on the break in the 95th minute.

In other J1 action, Sanfrecce Hiroshima drew 1-1 with visiting Shonan Bellmare, while Consadole Sapporo and Kashima Antlers finished scoreless at Sapporo Dome.

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