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Forlan scores twice to give Cerezo Osaka 2-2 draw with Vissel Kobe in J-League

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KOBE, Japan - Uruguay striker Diego Forlan scored two second-half goals as Cerezo Osaka drew with Vissel Kobe 2-2 Saturday in the J-League.

Forlan, who got the winner in Osaka's 2-1 victory over Shandong Luneng in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday, is finding his scoring touch with just over a month to go before the World Cup.

Pedro Junior put Kobe ahead late in the first half but Forlan equalized eight minutes after the break with a right-footed shot from nine meters and then gave the visitors a 2-1 lead in the 61st with his sixth goal of the season.

Marquinhos converted a penalty with just over 10 minutes left to pull Kobe even.

Elsewhere, Kashima Antlers beat defending champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3-0 to move into the league lead. Kashima, Kobe and Sagan Tosu all have 18 points but Antlers lead on goal difference.

Hiroyuki Taniguchi scored in the 93rd minute to give Sagan a 3-2 win over Nagoya Grampus.

Also, Keigo Higashi grabbed a goal in the seventh minute as FC Tokyo beat slumping Yokohama F Marinos 1-0.

Junya Tanaka scored a 93rd-minute winner for his second goal of the match as Kashiwa Reysol came from behind to edge Urawa Reds 3-2 while Shimizu S-Pulse beat Vegalta Sendai 1-0.

Albirex Niigata defeated winless Vortis Tokushima 2-1.

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