"if it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does"

Kashima go eight points clear at top.

Defending J-League Champs Kashima Antlers fought their way back from a goal AND a man down to earn a 1-1 draw Kawasaki Frontale in a top-of-the-table encounter.
Kashima went a man down when defender Atsuto Uchida was sent off for hand-balling Hiroyuki Taniguchi's shot.
Brazilian forward Juninho scored the penalty to put Kawasaki ahead on 33 minutes. But Kashima fought hard and were rewarded when Brazilian Marquinhos set up Shinzo Koroki to calmly score in the 64th minute.

"It was really tough, before the game, we thought one goal would decide the game", said Kashima Antlers' Shinzo Koroki after scoring his seventh of the campaign.
"We were determined to win even though we were one man down. We couldn't do it, but it is really important that we finished with a draw.
"It was a mere equalizer, but I feel great. Before the game, we thought one goal would decide the game," he said. "I was disappointed that we couldn't score a second goal, but it was important to draw with a one-man deficit."

The draw leaves Kashima eight points clear at the top, followed by Albirex Niigata, Kawasaki and Urawa Red Diamonds, all on 31 points.

Japanese football has come along way from what it used to be, and even the Chinese are pretty good too. Both of these nation have proven in the past to give any nation a run for it's money, and i can't wait to see them in the World Cup next year in South Africa.


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