TOKYO (AP) — Defender Daisuke Nasu scored a late winner Saturday as Urawa Reds beat Ventforet Kofu 1-0 to close the gap on J-League leader Omiya Ardija.
Nasu's header in the 83rd minute allowed second-place Urawa to move within three points of Omiya, which was held to a 1-1 draw by Sagan Tosu.
Omiya took a 1-0 lead through Takuya Aoki's goal in the 17th, but Kei Ikeda equalized seven minutes from time.
In other matches, third-place Yokohama F Marinos scored a second-half equalizer through Shingo Hyodo in a 1-1 draw against bottom club Oita Trinita, while substitute Park Hyung-jin scored on a free kick in stoppage time to earn champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima a 1-0 win over FC Tokyo.
Yoshito Okubo scored twice as Kawasaki Frontale beat Kashima Antlers 4-2.
Jubilo Iwata was held to a 2-2 draw at home to Cerezo Osaka in London Olympic coach Takashi Sekizuka's debut, while Hideya Okamoto scored an injury-time winner as Albirex Niigata edged out Kashiwa Reysol 3-2.
Yoshizumi Ogawa scored twice as Nagoya Grampus beat Shimizu S-Pulse 2-1, while Vegalta Sendai and Shonan Bellmare played out a 0-0 draw.