Yoshinori Muto helped spark a second-half comeback as Vissel Kobe scored twice from set pieces in a 2-2 away draw against Nagoya Grampus in the J. League first division on Sunday.

Trailing since the opening minutes in a battle between teams tussling for a top-three finish and a spot in next year's Asian Champions League, Muto scored Vissel's first from a corner, before Andres Iniesta scored from the spot in the 81st minute after Muto was fouled in the area at Toyota Stadium.

"We didn't play well from the get-go, but we weren't going to give up in the second half and just let it stay 2-0," said Muto, the former Newcastle player who joined Vissel during the summer after six years in Europe.