Sekine scores winner as Urawa Reds beat Kashima Antlers 2-1 to maintain lead in J-League


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TOKYO — Urawa Reds tightened its grip on the J-League lead and remained unbeaten by beating Kashima Antlers 2-1 on Saturday.

An own goal from Ryota Moriwaki gave Kashima the lead in the 67th minute, and Reds equalized four minutes later through Yuki Muto. Takahiro Sekine sealed the win in the 83rd with his third goal in as many games.

Urawa was four points ahead of Sanfrecce Hiroshima with a game in hand. Hiroshima beat Albirex Niigata 4-2.

In other games, two goals from Kaoru Takayama helped Shonan Bellmare defeat Shimizu S-Pulse 4-0, while a late goal from Bueno gave Vissel Kobe a 1-0 win over Montedio Yamagata.

Yokohama F Marinos beat Matsumoto Yamaga 3-0 on goals from Ademilson, Kosuke Nakamachi, and Jungo Fujimoto, and Nagoya Grampus beat FC Tokyo 1-0 through Masato Morishige's own goal.

Bare's 65th-minute effort gave Ventoret Kofu a 1-0 win over Vegalta Sendai, and a two goals from Kenyu Sugimoto saw Kawasaki Frontale beat Sagan Tosu 3-2.

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