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Soccer OSAKA, Japan (AP) Gamba Osaka took control of the J-League title race on Saturday, beating Vissel Kobe 3-1 to move ahead of Urawa Reds with one game remaining. Takashi Usami scored twice for Gamba which is seeking its first J-League
after a 2-1 win over Kawasaki Frontale. Next weekend, Urawa is away to Sagan Tosu, in fourth place five points off the pace following a 1-0 win over relegated Tokushima Vortis. Gamba host Vissel Kobe while Kashima travel to Cerezo Osaka.
Kazuya Murata scored a 90th-minute goal to give Shimizu S-Pulse a 3-2 win over Kawasaki Frontale, Sagan Tosu beat Vissel Kobe 2-1 to move into fourth place with 53 points, Kashiwa Reysol beat relegated Tokushima Vortis 2-0, and FC Tokyo
other matches, Yokohama F Marinos defeated Shimizu S-Pulse 1-0, while bottom club Tokushima Vortis drew 2-2 with Vissel Kobe . Albirex Niigata and Ventforet Kofu finished 0-0, and Sanfrecce Hiroshima thrashed Nagoya Grampus 4-0.
got two goals each from Brazilian Edu and Yoshinori Muto for a 4-0 win over Kashiwa Reysol. Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Vissel Kobe finished 1-1 while Yokohama F. Marinos and Ventforet Kofu was goalless. Omiya Ardija beat Shimizu S-Pulse 2-1
Kashima Antlers also kept up the pressure on the Reds with a 1-0 win over Ventforet Kofu, while Kashiwa Reysol downed Vissel Kobe 2-0. Also, J1 Vegalta Sendai won 3-2 against Shimizu S-Pulse, Albirex Niigata beat Omiya Ardija 2-1 and Yokohama
substituted. Kashiwa Reysol salvaged a point at Yokohama F. Marinos, coming back from 2-0 down to get a 2-2 draw. Vissel Kobe left it late to seal the win after dominating Albirex Niigata for 90 minutes. Hiroyuki Komoto's headed goal from
16th-minute own goal by Niigata defender Ken Matsubara to improve to 32 points, one ahead of Sagan Tosu, which beat Vissel Kobe 1-0. In other matches, Yu Kobayashi and Yoshito Okubo scored as third-placed Kawasaki Frontale beat Shimizu S-Pulse
points, level with Urawa Reds. Tosu tops the table on goal differential, however. Urawa was held to a 2-2 draw with Vissel Kobe . Third-place Kawasaki Frontale fell four points off the pace after a 4-1 loss to Kashiwa Reysol. Kashima Antlers
which coasted to a 5-2 thrashing of Nagoya Grampus. Elsewhere, Marquinhos, Pedro Junior and Ryota Morioka scored as Vissel Kobe beat Omiya Ardija 3-0 to move into third place on 11 points. Kawasaki Frontale thrashed Vortis Tokushima 4-0