Koya Yuruki netted a second-half brace as Vissel Kobe claimed a 3-0 win over Kyoto Sanga on Saturday to remain top of the J. League first division.

Kobe needed time to unlock a Kyoto side that had won three straight, conceding just once in the process, but Yuruki's two well-taken goals settled the leader's nerves at Sanga Stadium.

"I'm glad I could help my team get a win," said Yuruki, after bagging his first goals this term. "Each game feels like a final, and it's huge to get a win away from home."