Vegalta Sendai stopped J.League leaders Omiya Ardija's non-losing streak at 21 games since last August with a 2-1 victory today.
Forward Shingo Akamine collected a rebound after a corner kick to open scoring in the seventh minute, and then Brazilian striker Wilson completed a counter-attack to make it 2-0 in the 44th minute. Zlatan Ljubijankic received a pass from fellow Slovenian forward Milivoje Novakovic to pull one back for Omiya in the 65th minute, but that was all they could do as Sendai kept their attacks at bay.
"We proved that we are fighting for the title by beating the leaders who hadn't lost," said Sendai coach Makoto Teguramori. "Our supporters were a great help... and my players did their job 100 per cent in 90 minutes. This was our only home game in May, so I really wanted to win."
Omiya top the table on 26 points, leading the Yokohama Marinos by just three points. They are followed by Urawa Red Diamonds on 20 points, Kashima Antlers on 19, and Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Cerezo Osaka both on 17.
Yokohama came back from behind to beat Nagoya Grampus 2-1, Urawa defeated Kashima 3-1, while defending champions Hiroshima defeated Oita Trinita 1-0. Shonan Bellmare defeated FC Tokyo 3-2, and Shimizu S-Pulse outclassed Ventforet Kofu 2-0.
Former Japanese international striker Yoshito Okubo scored twice as Kawasaki Frontale drew with Osaka 2-2. In other games, Kengo Kawamata scored a hat-trick to lead Albirex Niigata to a 3-1 victory over Sagan Tosu, while Brazilian midfielder Jorge Wagner scored the only goal to give Kashiwa Reysol a 1-0 win over Jubilo Iwata.