Kawasaki Frontale restored their 12-point lead atop the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE with a 1-0 win over F.C.Tokyo in the Tamagawa Clasico, thanks to a lone goal from Leandro Damião.
The Brazilian delivered the decisive blow to keep Frontale on pace to defend their league title in a match that could have gone either way.
Tokyo have struggled of late, but they looked to be in top form right from the start in Kawasaki. They had their fair share of possession and regularly turned their chances on the ball into shots. For much of the match, it was the ninth-place team on the front foot, not the leaders. By the end of the match, they registered 20 shots to Frontale’s seven.
Frontale may not have carried play or even generated many chances, but they did create the best opportunity of the day. A clever interplay down the left led to a cross that found Leandro Damião streaking to the near post and he headed the ball home.
All it took was one great moment, and Frontale were walking away winners.
Leandro Damião’s goal was his 16th of the season, keeping him one back of league leader Daizen Maeda’s, who scored earlier in the weekend.
With the win, Frontale now sit a dozen points clear of Yokohama F·Marinos, who have a match in hand.