Forlan on target as Osaka draws 2-2 in J-League
KOBE, Japan (AP) — Uruguay striker Diego Forlan scored two second-half goals as Cerezo Osaka drew with Vissel Kobe 2-2 Saturday in the J-League.
Forlan, who got the winner in Osaka’s 2-1 victory over Shandong Luneng in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday, is finding his scoring touch with just over a month to go before the World Cup.
Pedro Junior put Kobe ahead late in the first half but Forlan equalized eight minutes after the break with a right-footed shot from nine meters and then gave the visitors a 2-1 lead in the 61st with his sixth goal of the season.
Marquinhos converted a penalty with just over 10 minutes left to pull Kobe even.
Elsewhere, Kashima Antlers beat defending champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3-0 to move into the league lead. Kashima, Kobe and Sagan Tosu all have 18 points but Antlers lead on goal difference.
Hiroyuki Taniguchi scored in the 93rd minute to give Sagan a 3-2 win over Nagoya Grampus.
Also, Keigo Higashi grabbed a goal in the seventh minute as FC Tokyo beat slumping Yokohama F Marinos 1-0.
Junya Tanaka scored a 93rd-minute winner for his second goal of the match as Kashiwa Reysol came from behind to edge Urawa Reds 3-2 while Shimizu S-Pulse beat Vegalta Sendai 1-0.
Albirex Niigata defeated winless Vortis Tokushima 2-1.