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Nagoya beats Sapporo 4-0 to take over top spot in J-League

March 30, 2019

TOKYO (AP) — Brazilian midfielder Gabriel Xavier scored two goals on Saturday as Nagoya Grampus beat Consadole Sapporo 4-0 to move into first place in the J-League.

Xavier put the hosts on the scoresheet with a left-foot shot from close range in the 17th minute at Toyota Stadium.

Nagoya widened the lead on an own goal by Sapporo defender Akito Fukumori in the 31st minute and Aria Jasuru Hasegawa made it 3-0 in the 39th.

Xavier completed the scoring early in the second half as Nagoya improved to 12 points.

Elsewhere, Urawa Reds and FC Tokyo finished in a 1-1 draw while Cerezo Osaka beat Vegalta Sendai 2-0.

On Friday, Yokohama F Marinos and Sagan Tosu finished in a goalless draw.

The result left Marinos with eight points after two wins, two draws and a loss. Sagan picked up points for just the second time this season after opening with three straight losses.

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