Kashiwa level with leaders
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Kashiwa Reysol tied with Gamba Osaka on points at the top of the J.League today after overwhelming Vissel Kobe 4-0 away from home.

A long throw-in to near the right corner allowed Masato Kudo to hit a cross to open the scoring in the fourth minute, and then Jorge Wagner fired a sizzling shot from outside the area to put Kashiwa two up in the 58th minute.

Junya Tanaka and defender Park Dong-Hyuk consolidated the victory by adding two more goals in the 74th and 77th minute respectively.

"It was a shot from a difficult angle, but it was our first shot on goal, so I tried to hit as hard as possible. I think I helped the team win today by scoring the first goal," said Kudo.

Kashiwa now have 53 points along with Gamba, who will play Yokohama F Marinos tomorrow. Marinos trail them on 50 points, followed by defending champions Nagoya Grampus on 49 points. Nagoya play seven-time former champions Kashima Antlers tomorrow.

Other results
In other games, Tadanari Lee, the hero of Japan's record fourth AFC Asian Cup victory in January, scored twice to lead Sanfrecce Hiroshima to a 3-1 win over Jubilo Iwata.

Shimizu S-Pulse gained their first win in five games by beating struggling powerhouse Urawa Red Diamonds 1-0 thanks to Genki Omae's goal in the 63rd minute.

Vegalta Sendai blanked Albirex Niigata 2-0, while Kawasaki Frontale beat Montedio Yamagata 1-0. Ventforet Kofu defeated Avispa Fukuoka 2-1, but both teams stayed in the relegation zone with Yamagata.