November 10, 2018 / 7:16 AM / 6 days ago

Soccer-Kawasaki retain J.League title despite loss

TOKYO, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Kawasaki Frontale retained the J.League title despite losing 2-1 at Cerezo Osaka on Saturday, the defending champions clinching a second ever top-flight championship when their nearest rivals also lost.

Osaka striker Kazuya Yamamura scored the winner in the fourth minute of injury time but with Sanfreece Hiroshima falling to a 1-0 home defeat to Vegalta Sendai, Toru Oniki’s team clinched the title with two games remaining.

Kawasaki hold an unassailable seven-point lead at the top of the 18-team standings after 32 rounds, ensuring they became the first club since Hiroshima in 2013 to win consecutive titles. (Reporting by Jack Tarrant)

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