Sendai cling to top, Nagoya win

Brazilian striker Wilson struck home an equaliser deep into injury time to secure a 2-2 draw for Vegalta Sendai against Jubilo Iwata and keep their lead in the J-League standings today. Iwata, trailing Sendai by two points in third place, twice took the lead after goals by Shunya Suganuma and Kosuke Yamamoto.

But Sendai fought back twice and ended the hotly-contested match in dramatic fashion. Kunimitsu Sekiguchi pulled one back to draw 1-1 in the 75th minute, and then defender Naoki Sugai sent a long ball up field where Wilson fired a left-footer into the back of the net five minutes into injury time.

"We were always behind a goal. I feel lucky that we caught up in the end, but at the same time, I was disappointed that we couldn't get three points from a win," said Sendai coach Makoto Teguramori. 

"I think the dramatic end came from the supporters who came to the stadium. I don't want to lose a game at home this season. The team who keep winning at home will win the championship. So far, we try to keep not losing."

Sendai have 13 points, followed by Sanfrecce Hiroshima on 12 points and Iwata on 11 points. Cerezo Osaka, Nagoya Grampus and Urawa Red Diamonds are all on ten points each. Kensuke Nagai's only goal gave Nagoya Grampus a 1-0 win over Sagan Tosu, while Korean midfielder Kim Bo-Kyung fired twice to help Cerezo Osaka beat Omiya Ardija 3-0.

In other games, defending champions Kashiwa Reysol whipped Consadole Sapporo 2-0, while Urawa Red Diamonds defeated seven-time champions Kashima Antlers 3-1 with Brazilian duo Marcio Richardes and Popo scoring all three goals. Australian forward Alex Jason Brosque hit home for Shimizu S-Pulse as they beat Vissel Kobe 1-0, while Albirex Niigata and Yokohama Marinos had to settle for a goalless draw.