SAITAMA (Kyodo) Daisuke Sakata grabbed a goal in each half as injury-ravaged Yokohama F. Marinos swept aside Urawa Reds 3-0 away to record their second straight win in the J. League second stage on Saturday.
Sakata stunned the home crowd at Saitama Stadium 2002 when he slotted home the opener on three minutes and after the visitors had soaked up a prolonged spell of pressure, Brazilian Marquinhos put them in the driver’s seat with 15 minutes remaining after good work from South Korean star Yoo Sang Chul.
The 20-year-old Sakata completed his brace in injury time when he danced through the Urawa defense and poked the ball into the right-hand corner of Ryota Tsuzuki’s net to seal the points for the first-stage winners.
Victory moved Yokohama on to eight points, three behind leaders Kashima Antlers, who were held 0-0 at home by lowly Vegalta Sendai.
JEF United Ichihara stayed in second on 10 points as substitute Takenori Hayashi grabbed an equalizer a minute from time in a 2-2 draw at FC Tokyo.
In other games, Japan striker Teruaki Kurobe hit a hat trick as Kyoto Purple Sanga won 3-2 away to Cerezo Osaka, which had two-goal striker Yoshito Okubo sent off after collecting his second booking for dissent in the dying stages.
Takuya Yamada scored twice as Tokyo Verdy went third after a 3-0 win at bottom club Vissel Kobe, defending champion Jubilo Iwata drew 2-2 at Nagoya Grampus Eight and Kashiwa Reysol’s home fixture with Oita Trinita finished goalless.
Shimizu S-Pulse host Gamba Osaka in the only match being played Sunday.
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