South Korean striker Lee Keun-Ho scored twice to lead Gamba Osaka to a 4-1 win over Kashima Antlers today, closing the the gap to the J.League leaders to four points.
A Kashima mistake allowed midfielder Kim Seung-Yong to pick up possession and cross for Takuya Takei to open the scoring in the seventh minute.
Chikashi Masuda levelled for Kashima on 19 minutes, hitting home a rebound after goalkeeper Yosuke Fujigaya saved a header.
Lee picked up a rebound to put his side 2-1 up in the 80th minute before new Brazilian forward Rafinha scored his first goal in Japan three minutes later. Lee completed the scoring in the 88th minute.
Yokohama F Marinos and Kashiwa Reysol head the table with 37 points, followed by defending champions Nagoya Grampus and Gamba on 33.