GARY LINEKER, the former England captain, scored for the second week running in the Japanese League but still ended up on the losing side.
Lineker showed that persistent injury has not robbed him of his legendary touch even through his team, Nagoya Grampus Eight, were beaten 2-1 by Verdy Kawasaki which puts them near the bottom of the table.
Lineker, recently returned from an extended lay-off, scored a first-half equaliser but their title-chasing opponents hit a late winner to send Nagoya to their fifth defeat in eight matches.
In the top of the table match, Yokohama Marionos' devastating Argentinian trio set up a 3-0 victory over Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Ramon Medina Bello, David Carlos Bisconti and Ramon Angel Diaz tormented the Sanfrecce defence, with Medina Bello scoring a goal in each half.