Motoyama saves Antlers, Nagoya stay top
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.