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Sato shatters Vissel Kobe

Kyodo

Hisato Sato scored a hat-trick as Sanfrecce Hiroshima piled more misery on already-relegated Vissel Kobe with a 3-2 away win in the J. League first division on Sunday.

Sato opened the scoring with a 33rd-minute header before Kobe hit back and took the lead through goals from Keisuke Kurihara and Kunie Kitamoto.

But Sato added his second in the 74th and headed home the winner in the dying seconds to complete his second hat-trick of the season.

In the day’s other fixture, Brazilian striker Anderson Lima scored the only goal of the game as Albirex Niigata enjoyed a 1-0 win away to Nagoya Grampus Eight.