Kawasaki Frontale beats winless Gamba Osaka in J-League
TOKYO (AP) Brazilian defender Eduardo Neto scored his first goal of the season on Saturday as defending champion Kawasaki Frontale beat winless Gamba Osaka 2-0 in the J-League.
Neto fired a right-foot shot from 11 meters to give the hosts a 1-0 lead after eight minutes. Akihiro Ienaga doubled the advantage nine minutes after the break as Kawasaki improved to 2-1.
Viktor Ibaro and Cho Dong-geon scored as Sagan Tosu beat Yokohama F Marinos 2-1.
Naoki Ishihara scored with five minute left in regulation to give Vegalta Sendai a share of the points in a 1-1 draw with Vissel Kobe. Zlatan Ljubijankic’s 76th-minute strike lifted Urawa Reds to a 1-1 draw with newly-promoted V-Varen Nagasaki.
Elsewhere, Takuya Wada scored early in the first half as Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Kashima Antlers 1-0, while Kashiwa Reysol and Cerezo Osaka finished 1-1.