TOKYO (AP) Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Gamba Osaka 2-0 on Saturday to move a step closer to clinching the J-League's second-stage title.

Striker Douglas opened the scoring with a free kick in the 55th minute and Kohei Shimizu sealed the win with one minute left as Hiroshima moved three points clear of Kashima Antlers in the second-stage standings with one round remaining.

The winner of each stage and the top three clubs of the aggregate table qualify for the J-League championship which starts on Nov. 28.

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