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Brazilian striker Magno Alves rediscovered his scoring touch as Gamba Osaka beat Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3-2 on Wednesday night to maintain its two-point lead atop the J. League.

News photoUrawa Reds striker Washington scores his second goal of the match
against Albirex Niigata on Wednesday at Saitama Stadium 2002.
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Urawa beat Albirex Niigata 3-1 courtesy of a Washington hat-trick while third-placed Kawasaki Frontale ended visiting Nagoya Grampus Eight’s four-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory at Todoroki Stadium.

Elsewhere, former Real Mallorca striker Yoshito Okubo scored twice, but Cerezo Osaka remained at the foot of the table after a 4-4 draw away to fellow struggler Kyoto Purple Sanga.

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