Soccer: Bruno Mendes brace keeps Cerezo in hunt for top 3 finish

Bruno Mendes kept Cerezo Osaka poised for a top-three finish Saturday with a goal in each half of a 3-1 victory against Consadole Sapporo in the J-League first division. Hiroshi Kiyotake also found the net for Cerezo in their fourth-last match of the J1 season, while Jay Bothroyd was on target for the hosts at Sapporo Dome. With their third straight win, Miguel Angel Lotina’s men stayed in fourth place, one point behind second-place Nagoya Grampus and third-place Gamba Osaka, but with a game in hand over both. Grampus kept up their bid for the top three and an Asian Champions League berth by b…

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