Motoyama saves Antlers, Nagoya stay top
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A last-minute strike from Masashi Motoyama rescued a 1-1 draw for J-League defending champions Kashima Antlers at Urawa Reds today.

The Antlers had gone into the game without a win from their previous four matches and were in danger of slumping to defeat having fallen behind to Robson Ponte's 81st-minute strike.

However, Motoyama pounced on a loose ball in the fifth minute of injury-time before sending a shot into the back of the net.

The point means Antlers remain third in the standings, seven points behind leaders Nagoya Grampus, while Reds are 10th.

Nagoya maintained a five-point advantage at the top following a 1-0 win over Kyoto Sanga, with Mu Kanasaki's first-half strike enough to secure the points for the hosts.

Elsewhere, second-placed Cerezo Osaka claimed their fourth successive victory with a 2-0 defeat of Omiya Ardija.

Hiroshi Kiyotake opened the scoring in the 25th minute before Adriano scored a second for Cerezo with 12 minutes remaining.

In other games, Sanfrecce Hiroshima defeated Montedio Yamagata 2-1, Vegalta Sendai edged Shonan Bellmare by the same scoreline while the game between Vissel Kobe and FC Tokyo ended goalless.