Yusuke Segawa’s 88th-minute equaliser helped Omiya Ardija secure a 2-2 MEIJI YASUDA J1 League draw at Urawa Reds, denying Takafumi Hori a win in his first match in charge.
Mateus had cancelled out Shinzo Koroki’s first-half opener in the 66th minute on Saturday but the Reds retook the lead just three minutes later through Yosuke Kashiwagi.
The Saitama Stadium outfit thoroughly dominated from start to finish proved insufficient as Segawa fired home to deny their embattled hosts a victory for a third league game in a row.
There were no such problems for Cerezo Osaka on the other hand, as they sealed a 3-1 win over fellow promoted outfit Consadole Sapporo in the first half with Kenyu Sugimito’s brace.
Kashima Antlers remain hot on the heels of the Japanese leaders, Shoma Doi and Yuma Suzuki striking in stoppage-time of either half to beat Vegalta Sendai 2-0.
Gamba Osaka fell further behind their neighbours, though, as a 1-0 defeat at Ventforet Kofu means they are now nine points off the pace for the title.
Yokohama F. Marinos battled to a 2-0 win at Albirex Niigata meanwhile, and Shogo Taniguchi secured a 1-1 draw for Kawasaki Frontale at FC Tokyo.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima secured a first league victory since May at Jubilo Iwata, winning 3-2 despite Shunsuke Nakamura firing home in the first half.
Yoshifumi Kashiwa, Patric and Anderson Lopes masterminded a comeback as Jan Anders Jonsson secured his first win in the dugout this term.
Elsewhere, Lukas Podolski was unable to repeat his scoring feats from last time out as Vissel Kobe lost 3-1 at Kashiwa Reysol with Mike Havenaar never making it off the bench, while Sagan Tosu staved off a Shimizu S-Pulse comeback to win 2-1.