Football: Avispa battle past Cerezo to stop 4-game losing run

Lukian scored the first-half winner as Avispa Fukuoka edged Cerezo Osaka 1-0 away for their first win in eight games in the J-League first division Friday, ending their four-game losing run.

Takeshi Kanamori's left-wing cross was powered home by the Brazilian forward's towering header in the 22nd minute at Yodoko Sakura Stadium as Avispa, who had made a bright start to the season, held on to claim their first win since May 3.

Shinji Kagawa-captained Cerezo dominated the second half, and defender Ryosuke Shindo had several attempts from inside the box but failed to unlock the visitors' defense.

The home team missed out on a chance to close the gap at the top of the table as they remained on 32 points, while Fukuoka moved up to 23 points following their first away win this term and their 100th win in Japan's top flight.

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