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Hiroshima beats Nagoya 2-1 to keep J-League lead

Associated Press Modified: September 22, 2012 at 8:17 am •  Published: September 22, 2012

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — Ryota Moriwaki scored an injury-time winner on Saturday as Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Nagoya Grampus 2-1 to maintain its lead in the J-League standings.

Kohei Shimizu gave Hiroshima the lead in the 40th minute but Marcus Tulio Tanaka equalized for the hosts five minutes after the break.

Moriwaki's header in the 93rd minute allowed Hiroshima to improve to 50 points, two ahead of Vegalta Sendai, 2-1 winners over Vissel Kobe.

In other matches, Brazilian pair Leandro and Paulinho both scored twice to lead Gamba Osaka to a 5-0 thrashing of third-place Urawa Reds. Hiroyuki Abe also scored for Gamba, which remains third from bottom.

Jubilo Iwata remained in fourth places after being held to a scoreless draw at home to Albirex Niigata.

Serbian striker Milivoje Novakovic scored a hat trick to lead Omiya Ardija to a 5-0 thrashing of bottom club Consadole Sapporo.

Shunsuke Nakamura scored a 55th-minute winner as Yokohama F Marinos beat Kashima Antlers 1-0.

Kawasaki Frontale beat FC Tokyo 2-1, while Cerezo Osaka defeated Shimizu S-Pulse 3-2.


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