Hiroshima beats Yokohama 2-0 to maintain lead in J-League

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) Brazilian Douglas scored both goals on Saturday as Sanfrecce Hiroshima stayed unbeaten in the J-League's second stage with a 2-0 win over Yokohama F Marinos.

Douglas put the hosts ahead with a penalty kick in first half stoppage time and widened the lead eight minutes after the break with a header for his eighth goal of the season.

Hiroshima improved to 12 points, two ahead of Kashiwa Reysol which beat Vegalta Sendai 1-0.

Takashi Usami scored his league-leading 16th goal of the season midway through the second half as third-place Gamba Osaka improved to eight points with a 2-1 win over Vissel Kobe, fourth on seven points.

In other matches, Nagoya Grampus beat first-stage winners Urawa Reds 2-1, and Albirex Niigata overpowered Montedio Yamagata 3-1.