Urawa Reds beat Shimizu 2-0 in J-LeagueAP , Associated Press
Aug. 24, 2013 10:40 AM ET
TOKYO (AP) — Yosuke Kashiwagi and Shinzo Kuroki scored first-half goals as Urawa Reds beat Shimizu S-Pulse 2-0 on Saturday to move within one point of J-League leader Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Kashiwagi put the visitors ahead with a right-footed effort from eight meters in the sixth minute and Kuroki doubled the lead in the 26th with his fifth goal of the season.
Hiroshima reclaimed the league lead on goal difference despite being held to a 1-1 draw by bottom team Oita Trinita, which equalized through Yasuhito Morishima in the 77th minute.
Yokohama F Marinos had been in first place but lost 2-1 to Kashima Antlers.
Elsewhere, Junya Tanaka scored twice and Masakatsu Sawa added a third as Kashiwa Reysol beat Omiya Ardija 3-2, spoiling the debut of Australia captain Lucas Neill and manager Tsutomu Ogura.
Zlatan Ljubijankic and Daigo Watanabe scored for Omiya which lost its seventh straight and is eight points off the pace.
Cerezo Osaka and Nagoya Grampus drew 1-1, Sagan Tosu edged Vegalta Sendai 1-0 while Albirex Niigata defeated Kawasaki Frontale 2-1.
Jubilo drew 0-0 with FC Tokyo and Ventforet Kofu beat Shonan Bellmare 2-1.