Soccer: Grampus ease past struggling S-Pulse

Well-taken first-half goals from Hiroyuki Abe and Naoki Maeda set the tone as Nagoya Grampus eased to a 3-1 home win over struggling Shimizu S-Pulse on Saturday.The goals gave Grampus, who entered the game having conceded a league-best 18 goals along with leaders Kawasaki Frontale and second-place Cerezo Osaka, enough to hold on to. They added a third through defender and captain Yuichi Maruyama in the second half at Toyota Stadium. Carlinhos Junior scored a late consolation for S-Pulse.The win was Grampus’ third straight at home, although they have lost both of their away matches during that …

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