Kashiwa regain J.League lead
Forward Hideaki Kitajima scored twice to help Kashiwa Reysol regain the lead in the J.League standings when they defeated powerhouse Urawa Red Diamonds 3-1 on today.
Kitajima nodded home a cross from defender Hiroki Sakai on the right to open the scoring in the first minute and added another in the 83rd after Brazilian midfielder Jorge Wagner made it two-up in the 21st minute. Urawa managed to pull one back in injury time.
"I knew that Urawa would have spaces in the midfield. We were able to attack their vulnerable point. My players understand the tactics very well and kept it for 90 minutes," said Kashiwa's Brazilian coach Nelsinho.
Kashiwa improved their record to four wins against one defeat for 12 points, one point above Yokohama Marinos and Vegalta Sendai.
Yokohama came back from two goals down to beat Avispa Fukuoka 3-2, while previous leaders Sendai suffered a goal in injury time to be drawn 1-1 by Cerezo Osaka.
In other games, Jubilo Iwata overwhelmed Montedio Yamagata 4-0, while Vissel Kobe whitewashed Kawasaki Frontale 1-0 as Korean midfielder Park Kang-Jo needed only one minute after he replaced Ryota Morioka to score in the 68th minute.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Ventforet Kofu, Nagoya Grampus and Shimizu S-Pulse, and Omiya Ardija and Albirex Niigata, were all draws.