TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s Cerezo Osaka celebrated their second domestic title this season after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Yokohama F-Marinos in the Emperor’s Cup final Monday.
Kota Mizunuma scored an injury-time goal after Kazuya Yamamura had brought the teams level.
Cerezo manager Yoon Jong-Hwan said the players “never gave up and that brought us this result”.
“I’m really delighted to have seen the players growing up so fast in just a year, and I’m looking forward to seeing them perform even better” in the next season, he said.
In November Cerezo Osaka celebrated their first-ever domestic title after a 2-0 victory over Kawasaki Frontale in the J-League Cup final but the club has struggled since the J-League was launched in the early 1990s.