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Late goal earns Ventforet 1-1 draw in J-League

April 27, 2013

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Defender Naoki Aoyama scored in the last minute of stoppage time Saturday to give Ventforet Kofu a 1-1 draw with Yokohama F Marinos in the J-League.

Midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura scored from a free kick in the fourth minute, but Aoyama’s header gave the visitors a share of the points.

Yokohama had several chances to extend its lead, going close time after time. Marquinhos missed a header just before the break, Seitaro Tomisawa hit the crossbar in the 54th minute and Jin Hanato shot wide of the left post in the 72nd.

Omiya Ardija, which beat Kashiwa Reysol 4-0 on Friday to extend its unbeaten run to 19 games, leads the standings by one point ahead of second-place Yokohama.

In other matches, Gaku Shibasaki, Davi and Kazuya Imamura scored as Kashima Antlers beat Albirex Niigata 3-2. Nagoya Grampus and champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima finished 1-1, while Cerezo Osaka and winless Oita Trinita played a scoreless draw.

Jubilo Iwata picked up its first win of the season with a 4-0 thrashing of Shonan Bellmare. Brazilian Bare scored in the 64th minute as Shimizu S-Pulse edged out third-place Urawa Reds 1-0.

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