Marinos edge further ahead in J-League race
Yokohama Marinos extended their slim lead at the top of the J-League after a 1-1 draw with Cerezo Osaka on Saturday.
An equaliser in the 14th minute from 40-year-old Marinos full-back Dutra cancelled out Cerezo's 11th-minute opener through Tatsuya Yamashita, giving Yokohama a two-point cushion in first place with nine games of the season remaining.
Second-place Urawa Red Diamonds conceded a 90th-minute goal to lose 3-2 to FC Tokyo, Sota Hirayama heading in the winner after Tomoaki Makino and Daisuke Nasu had brought Urawa back on level terms early in the second half.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima lost 2-0 to Kawasaki Frontale to remain in third place, first-half goals from Kengo Nakamura and Renato consigning the defending champions to their third consecutive defeat.
Fourth-place Kashima Antlers also failed to take advantage, going down 3-0 to lowly Ventforet Kofu, while Shimizu S-Pulse beat Nagoya Grampus 2-1 for their third victory in a row, Genki Omae scoring the winner in the 93rd minute.
Vegalta Sendai turned on the style to romp past rock-bottom Oita Trinita 6-0, while there was heartbreak for fellow relegation strugglers Shonan Bellmare as a 90th-minute own goal from substitute Tomi Shimomura handed Sagan Tosu a 1-0 win.
A 74th-minute goal from Atomu Tanaka was enough to guide Albirex Niigata past Omiya Ardija 1-0, while in Friday's only game, second-bottom Jubilo Iwata gave their survival chances a boost by beating Asian Champions League quarter-finalists Kashiwa Reysol 3-1.