Sanfrecce stay ahead, Urawa thrashed
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Ryota Moriwaki nodded home a decider in stoppage time to give Sanfrecce Hiroshima a 2-1 win over Nagoya Grampus and maintain their two-point lead in the J.League.

The defender hit a spectacular overhead shot after Kohei Shimizu put Sanfrecce one up in the 40th minute and Japan international defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka made it even in the 50th minute.

Sanfrecce have now 50 points, ahead of Vegalta Sendai on 48 points, Urawa Red Diamonds on 45 points, and Jubilo Iwata on 42 points.

I must accept that it was my responsibility.
Urawa Red Diamonds coach Mihailo Petrovic

Vegalta defeated Vissel Kobe 2-1, with Shingo Akamine scoring an equaliser in the 42nd minute and Jiro Kamata hitting home a decider in the 90th minute.

Urawa crashed to a humiliating 5-0 defeat by Gamba Osaka, their worst since they lost to the same team 6-1 in 2008.

"It was a very bad game for us. We couldn't do what we have to do for the first time this season. I must accept that it was my responsibility," said Urawa coach Mihailo Petrovic.

Other results
Jubilo were held to a goalless draw by Albirex Niigata. In other games, Consadole Sapporo were on the verge of returning to the second division after losing to Omiya Ardija 5-0, while Yokohama F Marinos defeated seven-time champions Kashima Antlers 2-1.

Cerezo Osaka defeated Shimizu S-Pulse 3-2, Kawasaki Frontale downed FC Tokyo 2-1, and Sagan Tosu outclassed defending champions Kashiwa Reysol 3-1.