Sendai stay perfect, tied with Tokyo

Vegalta Sendai produced a second-half onslaught to beat Omiya Ardija 4-1 and secure their third straight win, keeping them at the top of the J.League table.

Vegalta were a goal down at half-time, but midfielder Yoshiaki Ota drove them back into the game with a brace, while a lucky own goal gave them the lead and Naoki Sugai added another, completing a remarkable comback.

We tried hard to play our own game, to play aggressively to score, and we scored four goals.
Makoto Teguramori, Vegalta Sendai coach

"We started the game too timid, trying to get a third straight win. That allowed them to gain the momentum in the first half," said Vegalta coach Makoto Teguramori.

"But in the second half, we tried hard to play our own game, to play aggressively to score, and we scored four goals. This is what we are trying to do this season. I think this team has improved," he added.

Ota said: "I kept saying to myself that 'I want to score, I want to score.' I'm very satisfied, because this is the first time that I scored two goals for this team."

Other results
Vegalta are now on nine points, tied with FC Tokyo but ahead thanks to a better goal difference. Japan international striker Naohiro Ishikawa helped Tokyo beat Vissel Kobe 2-0, with Kazuma Watanabe adding the other.

Cerezo Osaka defeated Kawasaki Frontale 1-0, with midfielder Kim Bo-Kyung scoring the only goal. Sanfrecce Hiroshima downed seven-time former champions Kashima Antlers 2-0.

Yosuke Kashiwagi scored twice to give Urawa Red Diamonds a 2-1 win over Consadole Sapporo, while Sagan Tosu gained their first win in the top league by beating Yokohama F Marinos 1-0.

Defending champions Kashiwa Reysol pulled off their first win of the season, with defender Tatsuya Masushima scoring twice in the last nine minutes for a 2-1 win over Shimizu S-Pulse.