Nagoya Grampus beat Cerezo Osaka 2-0 in the J.League with goals from
Socceroos striker Kennedy netted on 68 minutes for fifth-places Nagoya.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima moved to the top of the standings after
Sanfrecce took a 48th-minute lead in the top-of-the-table clash through
However, the scores were only level for eight minutes before Takahagi put the host back in front, and this time there was no way back for Vegalta as it surrendered top spot.
Third-placed Urawa Red Diamonds moved level with Vegalta on 45 points - two behind Sanfrecce - after claiming a 2-1 comeback win at Yokohama F. Marinos, goals from
It was an almost identical story for fourth-placed Jubilo Iwata, who trailed to a 26th-minute
Kashiwa Reysol climbed up to sixth with a 3-0 victory over rock-bottom Consadole Sapporo,
Taking advantage of that draw was Omiya Ardija, who moved two points clear of both its relegation rivals with a 1-0 home win over
The two other games finished in draws, with
Socceroos midfielder Carl Valeri will play Serie A football for the first time after Sassuolo claimed a maiden Serie B title with a 1-0 victory over third place Livorno.