OSAKA, Japan (AP) - Gamba Osaka took control of the J-League title race on Saturday, beating Vissel Kobe 3-1 to move ahead of Urawa Reds with one game remaining.
Takashi Usami scored twice for Gamba which is seeking its first J-League championship since 2005 and next faces relegated Tokushima Vortis, the league’s worst team with 25 losses.
Four minutes into stoppage time, 10-man Sagan Tosu scored against Urawa for a 1-1 draw.
Both Urawa and Gamba have 62 points but the Reds trail on goal difference. Urawa next faces Nagoya Grampus.
Yuki Abe’s second-half penalty looked to have secured Urawa the points but Teruaki Kobayashi’s last-gasp header denied the visitors a win and perhaps the league title.
Seven-time champions Kashima Antlers remain in the race on 60 points after beating Cerezo Osaka 4-1 away.
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