- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) - Hisato Sato scored a record-tying goal and Douglas netted a hat trick as Sanfrecce Hiroshima thrashed Shonan Bellmare 5-0 on Sunday to clinch the J-League’s second stage title in the final game of the regular season.

Sato scored his 157th goal, matching the all-time league record held by former Japan striker Masashi Nakayama.

Sanfrecce finished the second stage with 40 points, three ahead of Kashima Antlers which beat Nagoya Grampus 1-0.

First-stage winners Urawa Reds beat Vissel Kobe 5-2.

Defending champion Gamba Osaka beat Montedio Yamagata 4-0 to claim the final spot in the championship final.

Urawa will host Gamba on Saturday in the first round of the playoffs. The winners will face Hiroshima in a two-leg final on Dec. 2 and 5.

Also, Veteran Yoshito Okubo scored as Kawasaki Frontale edged Vegalta Sendai 1-0.

Okubo finished as the league’s top scorer with 23 goals for an unprecedented third successive season.

Yokohama F Marinos finished in a goalless draw with Matsumoto Yamaga whike Ventforet drew 2-2 with Shimizu S-Pulse. Kashiwa Reysol drew 1-1 at home to Albirex Niigata.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide