Yokohama F Marinos edged out Vissel Kobe 1-0 to retain their place at the top of the J.League. Shingo Hyodo scored the only goal after 63 minutes to ensure Yokohama kept there lead in front on goal difference ahead of Kashiwa Reysol, who were 2-1 winners over Kashima Antlers.
Kashiwa went ahead at home after 33 minutes through Hideaki Kitajima, but Yuzo Tashiro equalised for the visitors 12 minutes into the second half. Leandro Domingues made sure of the points for Kashiwa, though, with his strike ten minutes from time.
Nagoya Grampus Eight beat Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3-2 to remain four points behind the top two. Although they trailed after Tadanari Lee's sixth-minute goal, Nagoya equalised after 15 minutes through Marcus Tanaka and then took the lead in the 68th minute thanks to an own goal from Kohei Morita.
Takahiro Masukawa fired home ten minutes from time to give the hosts a 3-1 lead, with Toshihiro Aoyama's goal coming too late for Hiroshima.
Fourth-placed Kawasaki Frontale lost ground on the leaders with a 1-0 loss to Albirex Niigata, who scored through Bruno Lopes after 53 minutes. Gamba Osaka twice threw away the lead in their match with Jubilo Iwata, eventually settling for a 2-2 draw.
Satoshi Yamaguchi's seventh-minute opener for hosts Gamba was cancelled out by Hidetaka Kanazono after 37 minutes. Lee Keun-ho then restored Gamba's lead ten minutes into the second half, but they were frustrated again by a 70th-minute equaliser from Hiroki Yamada.
Kim Bo-kyung scored twice as Cerezo Osaka hammered Shimizu S-Pulse 4-0. Kim scored in the 54th and 79th minutes to before and after a penalty from Shu Kurata. Takashi Inui then rounded off the result in the final minute.
Urawa Red Diamonds were 2-0 winners over strugglers Vantforet Kofu, with Tadaaki Hirakaw and Yosuke Kashiwagi both getting on the scoresheet. Finally, Lee Chun-soo netted in the 53rd minute to earn Omiya Ardija a 1-0 victory at Vegalta Sendai.