A last-minute goal by Tatsuya Masushima saw leader Sanfrecce Hiroshima go down to a 2-1 home defeat by Kashiwa Reysol as it was joined at the top of the J League by Vegalta Sendai.
A draw appeared to be the most likely outcome but with seconds left Masushima pounced for victory.
Vegalta Sendai took full advantage with a 3-2 home win over Urawa Red Diamonds.
Shimizu S-Pulse drew 1-1 with Vissel Kobe. Takahito Soma put the visitor ahead after 13 minutes before
Cerezo Osaka and FC Tokyo shared a 1-1 draw.
Bottom side Consadole Sapporo had a 0-0 draw with Kashima Antlers. The basement team ended the game with 10 men after
Gamba Osaka won 3-2 at Kawasaki Frontale. Akihiro Ienaga put Kawasaki ahead (21') with the remaining four goals coming in the second-half.
Jumpei Kusukami levelled (58') with Hiroki Fujiharu restoring the lead six minutes later.
Omiya Ardija held Albirex Niigata to a 1-1 draw. Atomu Tanaka put Niigata ahead (38') with
Yokohama F. Marinos enjoyed an emphatic 4-0 victory over Jubilo Iwata with goals from
Sydney FC will gear up for the 2013-2014 A-League season by playing a friendly against J.League side Sagan Tosu in Japan.