- Associated Press - Saturday, August 26, 2017

OSAKA, Japan (AP) - Brazilian forward Leandro scored with three minutes left in regulation time on Saturday as Kashima Antlers beat Cerezo Osaka 1-0 away to maintain its lead in the J-League.

Leandro claimed his sixth goal of the season with a right-foot strike from around 20 meters (yards).

The defending champions improved to 52 points, five ahead of Yokohama F Marinos which beat FC Tokyo 1-0 after a late goal by Hugo Vieira.

Third-placed Kashiwa Reysol earned a point after a 1-1 draw with Albirex Niigata, while Gamba Osaka defeated Sagan Tosu 3-1.

Also, Jubilo Iwata beat Vissel Kobe 2-1; Omiya Ardija and Sanfrecce Hiroshima finished 1-1; and Consadole Sapporo edged Vegalta Sendai 1-0.

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