Japan: Kashima claim Emperor’s Cup title
Kashima Antlers have won the 2010 Emperor’s Cup with a 2-1 win in the final against Shimuzu S-Pulse. The win means that the Antlers have won this competition for the second time in four years and fourth time overall.
Fellype Gabriel gave Kashima the lead after 26 minutes in the National Stadium, Tokyo, but Frode Johnsen, a two-goal hero in Shimuzu’s semi-final win over Gamba Osaka, restored parity in the 59th minute. The winner came with thirteen minutes to play as Takuya Nozawa struck the decisive goal to gift the Antlers the second major prize in Japanese football. Following Nagoya Grampus Eight’s J-League championship win and Jubilo Iwata’s triumph in the J-League Cup it was important for either team to win the last remaining piece of silverware in the 2010 season and Kashima Antlers managed to hold out, leaving Shimuzu S-Pulse without silverware for a ninth consecutive year.
Kashima Antlers will participate in February’s 2011 season curtain raising Fuji Xerox Super Cup match against league champions Nagoya Grampus Eight.