Hiroshima increases J-League lead after Patric's 6th goal

Chanathip Songkrasin, left, of Consadole Sapporo and Kazuki Nagasawa, right, ofUrawa Reds fight for the ball during their J1 League match at Saitama Stadium in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday April 21, 2018. (Fumine Tsutabayashi/Kyodo News via AP)
Brazilian striker Patric, left, of Sanfrecce Hiroshima celebrates after scoring a goal against Sagan Tosu during the J-League match in Hiroshima, western Japan Saturday April 21, 2018. (Moe Sasaki/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO — Brazilian striker Patric scored his sixth goal of the season on Saturday as Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Sagan Tosu 1-0 to increase its lead in the J-League.

Patric's right-footed shot from 17 meters (yards) in the 87th minute allowed Hiroshima to remain undefeated this season and improve to 25 points, nine ahead of FC Tokyo, which beat Shimizu S-Pulse 1-0.

In other matches, Eduardo Nieto, Kengo Nakamura and Yoshito Okubo scored second-half goals as defending champions Kawasaki Frontale thrashed Kashima Antlers 4-1.

German striker Lukas Podolski scored two goals to lead Vissel Kobe to a 3-0 win over Nagoya Grampus.

Takayuki Matsuura, Daiki Ogawa and Taishi Taguchi all scored as Jubilo Iwata beat Vegalta Sendai 3-0.

Urawa Reds and Consadole Sapporo finished 0-0 while Milos Degenek scored late to earn Yokohama F Marinos a point in a 4-4 draw with Shonan Bellmare.

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