Soccer: Nagoya secure 3rd place, ACL playoff berth on last day

Nagoya Grampus clinched third place and an Asian Champions League playoff berth with a 1-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Saturday, the last day of the J-League top flight season. Naoki Maeda struck the winner in the 86th minute of a closely fought battle at Toyota Stadium where each team had just two shots on target. Massimo Ficcadenti’s squad ended the season on a six-match unbeaten run to edge Cerezo Osaka and Kashima Antlers in their race for third and a place in the ACL playoffs. Nagoya started the day a point ahead of fourth-place Cerezo and two clear of fifth-place Antlers, who both st…

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