Former Japan defender Tsukasa Shiotani struck the winner as Sanfrecce Hiroshima edged winless Kashiwa Reysol 1-0 at home in the J. League first division on Sunday.

Third last year, Hiroshima was winless in its first three games this season but has now ground out two straight victories to move up to ninth on eight points.

With the host dominating, the decisive goal arrived in the 82nd minute at Edion Stadium when Makoto Mitsuta, whose late penalty sealed Sanfrecce's breakthrough win last weekend at Gamba Osaka, did well to keep hold of the ball under pressure outside the box.

The versatile forward passed to the right and Shiotani stepped past two defenders to cut inside before hitting a low left-footed effort from 20 meters out that took a slight deflection off a Kashiwa defender before slipping inside the near post.

"I'm a defender so these things don't happen too often. I'm happy with the goal and the win feels exceptional," said the 34-year-old, who returned to Sanfrecce in 2021 following a four-year spell with Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

Reysol, which has scored a league-worst three goals in five games so far this term, is second from bottom in 17th on two points after three defeats in a row.

In the day's other game, Yuya Yamagishi scored two fine goals deep into the nine minutes of stoppage time as Avispa Fukuoka grabbed a dramatic 2-1 home win over Shonan Bellmare.

Fukuoka's third win of the season takes it up to fourth on 10 points, level with Nagoya Grampus and Yokohama F. Marinos, and two points off leaders Vissel Kobe. Shonan sits 12th on five points after going four games without a win.