Former Japan international forward Masashi Oguro scored his first goal since joining FC Tokyo to lead his side to a 3-1 win over Shonan Bellmare in the J-League on Sunday.
Oguro was released by Shingo Akamine and fired a sizzling shot from the edge of the area in the 58th minute, giving Tokyo the cushion of a third goal. "I'm glad. Akamine gave me a very nice ball. I owe this goal to him. But I had one more chance to score in the first half. I wanted to score at that time," said the 30-year-old striker.
Earlier, a cross from Brazilian forward Ricardinho set up Masato Morishige's diving header to open the scoring in the 39th minute. Ricardinho then sent another ball into the area, allowing Naotake Hanyu to hit a right-foot shot shortly before the break.
Though Shonan got a consolation goal in the 63rd minute when substitute forward Yuya Nakamura collected a rebound off goalkeeper Hitoshi Shiota, they remain stuck in the relegation zone. The bottom three teams will be relegated to the second division.
Current international forward Yoshito Okubo was also on target with a goal in injury time to help Vissel Kobe beat Omiya Ardija 3-1, while Brazilian striker Juninho scored a late goal to give Kawasaki Frontale a 1-0 win over Kyoto Sanga.
On Saturday, defending champions Kashima Antlers came back from two goals down to beat Jubilo Iwata 3-2 to stretch their lead to three points in the standings with 30 points. They were followed by Shimizu S-Pulse on 27 points, Nagoya Grampus on 26 points, Kawasaki on 24 points and Cerezo Osaka on 23 points.