Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Urawa Reds both found full points on the road in the conclusion of the 2016 MEIJI YASUDA J1 League’s fourth round.
At NACK5 Stadium, the defending champions ran rampant over Omiya Ardija in a 5-1 win. Nigerian striker Peter Utaka and Japan U-23 star Takuma Asano scored in the first half.
Captain Toshihiro Aoyama, Yoshifumi Kashiwa, and Kosei Shibasaki all found goals of their own in the second half. Shigeru Yokotani scored for the hosts, who have lost two straight.
In southern Shonan, BMW Stadium was the stage for Urawa Reds’ 2-0 win over Shonan Bellmare. Tadanari Lee scored his first of the season shortly before halftime for the visitors, while Shinzo Koroki netted his third of the season just 10 minutes into the second half.
Japan call-up Yosuke Kashiwagi assisted both goals for the Reds, who are in second place behind league leaders Kawasaki Frontale.
The league will resume on April 1 after a break for FIFA World Cup qualifying, during which there will be two J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup match days played on March 23 and 27.