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While the Kawasaki derby between Verdy and Frontale fizzled out into a dreary 0-0 draw at Todoroki Stadium on Wednesday night, the goals flowed in the other three J.League Nabisco Cup quarterfinal, first legs.
Notably at Kusanagi Athletic Stadium in Shizuoka Prefecture, where Shimizu S-Pulse scored four times at home but still lost by two as Nagoya Grampus Eight rattled in six in a 10-goal cup cracker.
Elsewhere, Kashima Antlers won "away" 2-1 against the Yokohama F Marinos at Yamagata, and Kyoto Purple Sanga held Jubilo 1-1 at Iwata Stadium.
The second legs will be played next Wednesday.
At Kusanagi, where S-Pulse hoped to attract more fans …