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Nabisco and the ACL
Meanwhile, we are still getting match news coming in from today's Nabisco games and Gamba's final match in the ACL group round.

Nabisco Group Stage Games

For the entire tournament information, >>click here.

Today's results:

FC Tokyo 0-0 Urawa Reds
Avispa Fukuoka 1-1 Yokohama F Marinos
Kawasaki Frontale 1-0 Oita Trinita
Kyoto Purple Sange 2-1 Kashima Antlers (grrr)
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0-1 Shimizu S-Pulse
Omiya Ardija 1-1 Cerezo Osaka

Overall a day without any impact in the results department. But it is certainly significant enough to point out how well Kawasaki Frontale are doing these days. They have no internationals on their squad, and have maintained their flavor and style while getting the results -- they are currently ranked 1 in the league, and this win over Oita means they are through to the finals with one game left to play.

FC Tokyo's Moniwa, who started in the Nabisco match today, commented that he had actually not been in the proper state of mind to really play. But that he wanted to push himself and challenge himself to take responsibility out there despite the tremendous disappointment and hurt at not being selected for the World Cup team.

Others like Urawa midfielder Hasebe and Sanfrecce forward Sato also played a full game, though their expectations were probably not as high as Moniwa's.

Gamba, Verdy, say Goodbye to the ACL

While I was away from the blog, Gamba and Verdy failed to win crucial matches in their bid to make it past the group rounds of the Asia Champions League.

Gamba slid to third place after losing 0-2 to China's Dalian Shide on April 26 and then drawing against Korea's Chonbuk Motors 1-1 on May 3. Today, Gamba played Da Nang away in Vietnam, and won 5-1.

Verdy had only one team to beat (Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i) in the group but lost both legs, 0-1 and 0-2.
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