Cerezo Osaka continue to lead the 2016 MEIJI YASUDA J2 League after yet another narrow win.
Yuzo Tashiro’s 90th-minute goal was enough for a 1-0 result at Montedio Yamagata, the fourth such scoreline this season for the Kincho Stadium residents.
Second-place Kamatamare Sanuki continued their surprise start to the season with a 2-1 win at Thespa Kusatsu Gunma.
The hosts took a first-half lead through Satoshi Tokiwa but were undone late by Tetsuya Kojima’s striker as well as an own goal.
Shimizu S-Pulse fell 0-2 to Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo at home, allowing an own goal in the 22nd minute followed by a Ken Tokura goal in the 34th.
The J.League co-founders have struggled in their second division debut with just one win from four games.