Nagoya keep title hopes alive

Nagoya Grampus overwhelmed second division side Consadole Sapporo, 3-1, to keep their hopes of winning the J-League title alive on Sunday. Nagoya kept themselves in contention with 58 points, two points behind leaders Kashima Antlers who beat Jubilo Iwata, 1-0, on Saturday, with one more game for each remaining in the season. Kawasaki Frontale are the only other team with a chance of winning the title after a 4-0 victory over Vissel Kobe on Saturday for 57 points.

Midfielder Yoshizumi Ogawa opened the scoring for Nagoya in the sixth minute, striking home on a free kick from 20 metres. Six minutes later forward Keita Sugimoto slotted home a rebound off Sapporo goalkeeper Yuya Sato. Brazilian striker Davi took his chance when Nagoya defender Takahiro Masukawa slipped down to lose the ball, allowing the Sapporo forward to pull one back in the 80th minute. But defender Atsushi Yoneyama ended Sapporo's hopes when he scored on a free kick one minute into injury time.

"This is our last game at home. I'm really happy that we won it like this and furthermore I scored a goal," Yoneyama said. "We really wanted to win this game to keep our hopes alive. This is an important win which kept the possibility of winning the title. We just try to win our last away game and hopefully, we can win the title."

In other games, FC Tokyo defeated Albirex Niigata, 1-0, while Kyoto Purple Sanga secured their place in the first division with a 1-1 draw with Omiya Ardija.