Sanfrecce take second, Kashiwa keep pace
Tadanari Lee scored two and set up another as ten-man Sanfrecce Hiroshima saw off Yokohama F. Marinos 3-2 to replace their opponents in second place in the J. League.
Lee opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a fine left-footed finish from Hisato Sato's header and he made it two in the 33rd minute, dribbling past five players and firing home.
Marinos pulled one back in the 43rd minute when Yuji Nakazawa headed in and the hosts suffered another blow on the hour when defender Ryota Moriwaki was sent off for a second booking.
But they went further ahead in the 67th minute when Georgian midfielder David Mujiri converted Lee's pass following a swift counter attack.
Two minutes later the visitors pulled another one back through Shunsuke Nakamura, but they could not find an equaliser as they dropped to fourth on the back of their first defeat of the season.
"I'm so glad I could score today as I missed chances in our last match," Lee said. "I really wanted to make it this time."
Kashiwa Reysol claimed a 3-0 win away to Albirex Niigata to take a three-point lead at the top of the table.
Brazilian midfielder Jorge Wagner opened the scoring with an individual goal in the 23rd minute, making space on the edge of the area and firing home.
Defender Naoya Kondo made it 2-0 following a Wagner free-kick in the 61st minute before substitute Masato Kudo sealed the win nine minutes from time.
In Sendai, third-placed Vegalta were held to a 3-3 draw by Jubilo Iwata. Naoki Sugai and Shingo Akamine gave the hosts an early 2-0 lead, but Jubilo struck back through Hiroki Yamada and Ryohei Yamazaki to level.
Makoto Kakuta restored Vegalta's lead in the 88th minute only for substitute Hidetaka Kanazono to level in stoppage time.
Yoshito Okubo and Ken Tokura both scored twice as Vissel Kobe hammered Shimizu S-Pulse 5-1, while Keigo Higashi netted as Omiya Ardija beat Montedio Yamagata 1-0.