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Urawa Reds stay undefeated with 2-1 win over Nagoya to increase lead in J-League


SAITAMA, Japan — Takahiro Sekine and Yuki Muto both scored as Urawa Reds defeated Nagoya Grampus 2-1 on Saturday to remain undefeated and provisionally increase its lead at the top of the J-League.

Sekine scored his first goal of the season in the 39th minute and Muto made it 2-0 seven minutes after the break as Urawa improved to 17 points, three ahead of Kawasaki Frontale and FC Tokyo.

Renato scored twice to power Frontale to a 3-0 win over last place Ventforet Kofu while Kosuke Ota scored in Tokyo's 1-0 win over Montedio Yamagata.

Gamba Osaka, which hosts Albirex Niigata in the only match Sunday, has 13 points.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Sagan Tosu also have 13 points. Sagan finished in a 1-1 draw with Kashiwa Reysol while Hiroshima beat Shimizu S-Pulse 2-0.

In other games, Yuzo Iwakami scored as Matsumoto Yamaga beat Vegalta Sendai 1-0, Yokohama F Marinos coasted to a 3-0 win over Shonan Bellmare and Vissel Kobe beat Kashima Antlers 2-1.

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