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Monday, 15th August 2011
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Kashiwa throw away chance to top J-League after 6-1 defeat

Kashiwa Reysol have missed out on a big chance to go back to the top of the J-League, after they were destroyed 6-1 by Jubilo Iwata this Sunday (August 15th).

Rodrigo Souto, who scored two goals in the match - which was also his debut - was understandably enthused.

"I couldn't be happier because I scored two goals in my first game and we hammered Kashiwa who were on top of the table," the Brazilian said.

"The entire team played well tonight. I owe my performance to the fans, my teammates and the coaching staff, and everyone associated with the club. Everyone's been so supportive since I arrived."

Souto, who scored his goals in the 49th and 58th minutes, picked up the man of the match award for his performance in the game. The remaining goals came from Shuto Yamamoto, Yoshiaki Fujita and Hidetaka Kanazono, while an own goal rounded off the scoring.

Kashiwa's monumental slip-up means that Nagoya Grampus take the J-League number one spot, after they beat Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The defending champions put Hiroshima to the sword with a 3-0 win, which included a brace from top-goalscorer Yoshizumi Ogawa, taking his season tally to ten.

This weekend's results mean that Kashiwa Reysol remain second in the J-League, one point behind the leaders. Jubilo Iwata climbed to sixth place in the table after their win, which was the team's first in the last five attempts.

All eyes in the J-League now turn to Wednesday's games, when Kashima Antlers will host Cerezo Osaka and Nagoya Grampus will travel to Gamba Osaka, who themselves will climb to the top of the league if they mange to win.

However, if Nagoya - who have not lost a single one of their last 15 J-League matches - manage to overcome Osaka, they will extend their lead over Kashiwa to four points.

Written by Mark Smith