Kunimitsu Sekiguchi scored a stunning goal for Vegalta Sendai to set his team on the way to a 2-0 victory over J. League leader FC Tokyo on Sunday.
Tokyo has failed to score in its last two league matches and has lost three of its last four games, but remains top of the first-division table with 33 points, three ahead of Yokohama F. Marinos and five ahead of two-time reigning champion Kawasaki Frontale, which has a game in hand.
Sekiguchi struck in the 74th minute goal from the left side of the penalty area. A superb long ball from Mozambique defender Simao Mate came close to connecting with forward Shun Nagasawa in the box but was cleared only as far as Sekiguchi.