31 Dec '11, 10am

Japan 1-0 Australia and Japan's top five games of 2011: As 2011 comes to a close in the Land of the Rising Sun,

Anything goes in Japan's nation-wide Emperor's Cup tournament, especially in December after most J-League teams are fatigued from a long season. While the Cup usually features a couple incidents of giant-killing, never before had lower-division teams reached the final match. That changed on a chilly Thursday afternoon-turned-evening when J2 mid-tablers Kyoto Sanga defeated J1 mainstays Yokohama F. Marinos at Tokyo's National Stadium. Sanga, who recorded a club-worst seventh-place finish in Japan's second division, came out swinging in a spirited attack. One sequence saw the visitors take four shots, only to see two clang off the post. But a Marinos goal against the run of play gave the Tricolore a 1-0 lead heading into half-time. Sanga came back in the second half to take a 2-1 lead, but a controversial late Marinos goal at the very end of stoppage time meant that another ...

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