TOSU, Japan (AP) — Hisato Sato and Gakuto Notsuda scored Saturday as defending champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Sagan Tosu 2-0 to pull within two points of J-League leaders Yokohama F Marinos.
Sato, last season's leading scorer, put Hiroshima ahead with his 17th goal of the season in the 23rd minute and Notsuda doubled the advantage from a penalty with four minutes left in regulation.
Yokohama, which was held 0-0 away to Vegalta Sendai, has 52 points with seven games remaining.
Wilson nearly won it for Sendai in stoppage time but the Brazilian's long-range effort was saved by Marinos 'keeper Tetsuya Enomoto. Vegalta is seventh on 40 points.
In other matches, Kashiwa Reysol and Albirex Niigata finished 1-1 while Shimizu S-Pulse beat Ventforet Kofu 2-1.