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Kashima Antlers miss chance to gain ground on J-League leaders Urawa after 3-2 loss to Kashiwa

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KASHIMA, Japan — Kashima Antlers squandered a chance to close the gap on J-League leaders Urawa Reds as they were handed a last-minute 3-2 loss by 10-man Kashiwa Reysol.

Kashima led twice through goals by Daigo Nishi and Atsutaka Nakamura, but relinquished the lead both times and allowed Tetsuro Ota to snatch the winner in the 90th minute. Leandro and Dudu also scored for Kashiwa.

With six games left, fourth-placed Kashima has 49 points, seven behind Urawa which was beaten 4-2 by Vegalta Sendai. Shingo Akamine and Kazuhiro Murakami scored second-half goals for Vegalta.

Second-placed Gamba Osaka beat Kawasaki Frontale 1-0 to move within four points of Urawa. Yohei Toyoda scored in the first minute of stoppage time as Sagan Tosu beat Cerezo Osaka 1-0 to move third on 50 points.

Also, Yokohama F Marinos defeated Shimizu S-Pulse 1-0, while bottom club Tokushima Vortis drew 2-2 with Vissel Kobe. Albirex Niigata and Ventforet Kofu finished 0-0, and champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima thrashed Nagoya Grampus 4-0.

Omiya Ardija pulled three points away from the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over FC Tokyo.

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