SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Urawa Reds moved into third spot in the J-League on Saturday with a 3-1 win against leader and defending champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima at Saitama Stadium.

Two goals by Shinzo Koroki and one for Genki Haraguchi sealed the points in front of the day's biggest crowd, 42,426, with Hiroki Mizumoto scoring a late consolation for Sanfrecce.

Yokohama F Marinos got back on the winning trail with a 2-1 victory at Shonan Bellmare to go second, Marquinhos scoring the decisive goal after 65 minutes. The Brazilian striker also scored the visitors' first goal.

Omiya Ardija lost a fourth successive J-League game to slip down to fourth spot, this time losing 1-0 at Kashima Antlers, which is four points behind in fifth place. Midfielder Yasushi Endo scored the goal.

Vegalta Sendai, runner-up behind Sanfrecce last season, beat Kawasaki Frontale 2-1 thanks to a second goal in as many matches for Brazilian Wilson and another by Toshihiro Matsushita.

FC Tokyo won 2-0 at home to Oita Trinita with a goal in each half from Kazuma Watanabe taking the striker's tally to five in his past four matches.

A disappointing Cerezo Osaka lost 1-0 at home to Ventforet Kofu, for whom Akito Kawamoto scored the only goal.

Kashiwa Reysol saw off Sagan Tosu 2-1 in front of the lowest crowd of 8,815, after a brace from Masato Kudo and a late consolation from Nilson.

Elsewhere, Albirex Niigata triumphed 3-1 at home to Shimizu S-Pulse on two goals from Kengo Kawamata and one for Hideya Okamoto, while Nagoya Grampus won the day's highest-scoring game 3-2 away to Jubilo Iwata. Kenji Tamada scored the winning goal.

 

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