Soccer: Vissel reach ACL quarterfinals at expense of J-League leaders


Vissel Kobe advanced to the Asian Champions League quarterfinals, the J-League first-division strugglers downing league-leading Yokohama F Marinos 3-2 Thursday in the Round of 16. Vissel, fighting for survival in 16th place in the 18-team first division, started more regulars than Marinos, who hold a five point league lead, and took advantage of some slack defending throughout at Saitama Stadium. Nanasei Ino scored the opener for Vissel in the seventh minute, outracing a defender to a through pass and then shooting past keeper Yohei Takaoka when he came out to challenge him. Koya Yuruki set up...

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