Júbilo Iwata vs. Tokyo  3 - 1

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J.League wrap: Sawa shines for Kashiwa

1 July 2012 17:13

Masakatsu Sawa scored a hat-trick as reigning J.League champions Kashiwa Reysol smashed Gamba Osaka 6-2.

Sawa got off to a brilliant start on Saturday, scoring twice in the first eight minutes and by the time the 29-year-old midfielder added his third in the 69th minute, Kashiwa had the match wrapped up.

After Sawa's first two goals, Masata Kudo made it 3-0 for the visitors in the 21st minute.

But first-half goals to Yasuhito Endo and then Akihiro Sato just before the break meant Gamba went into half-time 3-2 behind.

Any chance of a comeback was extinguished in the 56th minute when Leandro Domingues scored Kashiwa's fourth before Sawa's hat-trick strike and an injury-time goal from Junya Tanaka wrapped up the four-goal win.

The top-two teams in the J.League, Vegalta Sendai and Sanfrecce Hiroshima, played out a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Vegalta hit the front through Wilson in the 11th minute before goals either side of half-time to Hisato Sato and Kazuyuki Morisaki gave Hiroshima a 2-1 lead.

However, Wilson came to the home side's rescue with a 79th-minute equaliser.

That result means Vegalta remain top of the table with Hiroshima two points behind.

Jubilo Iwata triumphed at home 3-1 over Tokyo with the visitors only managing a consolation goal in the 89th minute.

Shuto Yamamoto scored in the seventh minute to give Jubilo the lead at the break before Tomohiko Miyazaki and Byung-Kuk Cho sealed the home side's victory in the second half.

Shuto Kohno scored Tokyo's late goal.

An injury-time equaliser from Yoichiro Kakitani gave Cerezo Osaka a 1-1 draw with Urawa Red Diamonds, while the match between Yokohama F. Marinos and Nagoya Grampus finished with the same score and Vissel Kobe won 1-0 away to Kawasaki Frontale.

In other results, Sagan Tosu defeated Consadole Sapporo 1-0, Albirex Niigata drew 1-1 with Kashima Antlers and Omiya Ardija overcame Shimizu S-Pulse 1-0.

J1 League table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +29 64
2 34 +16 57
3 34 +5 55
4 34 +11 53
5 34 +9 53
6 34 +5 52
7 34 -1 52
8 34 +1 50
9 34 -1 49
10 34 +3 48
11 34 +7 46
12 34 +4 46
13 34 -7 44
14 34 -6 42
15 34 -5 40
16 34 -9 39
17 34 +2 38
18 34 -63 14