Cerezo Osaka edged a five-goal J.League thriller with Shimizu S-Pulse.
Everton Kempes (20) cancelled out Genki Omae's early penalty before Yoichiro Kakitani put the home side in front right on half-time.
Alex Brosque (70) then made it 2-2 before Fabio Simplicio scored an 88th-minute winner.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima remains top after a last-gasp win at Nagoya Grampus.
However, just when a draw seemed certain,
That means it is two points ahead of Vegalta Sendai, which also had a 90th-minute winner to thank for a 2-1 win over Vissel Kobe.
Urawa Red Diamonds is third in the table after thrashing Gamba Osaka 5-0, with Leandro and Paulinho both scoring twice and
At the other end of the table, Consadole Sapporo remains bottom after also being hammered 5-0 by Omiya Ardija.
Ardija did not open the scoring until a penalty from
Yokohama Marinos was also a 2-1 winner on the road at Kashima Antlers, with
The game between Jubilo Iwata and Albirex Niigata finished goalless.
Australia's presence in the English Premier League could hit a new low next season as the future of two Socceroos stars hangs in the balance.