Center-back Kazuya Yamamura headed the decisive goal in the 68th minute as Kawasaki Frontale made it four wins from four Asian Champions League games with a 4-2 victory at home to Thailand's BG Pathum United in Group I on Tuesday.
Kawasaki midfielder Yasuto Wakizaka netted twice from the penalty spot, while former Frontale playmaker Chanathip Songkrasin scored a brace against his old club to leave the game knotted 2-2 at the end of an entertaining first half at Todoroki Stadium.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 57th minute when midfielder Freddy Alvarez was shown a straight red card for a bad challenge on Tatsuki Seko.
Marcino appeared to break the deadlock for the hosts, but the goal was erased for offside following a review by the video assistant referee.
Yamamura made it 3-2 when he leaped high to head home from Wakizaka's corner kick.
Toru Oniki's side had another goal scrubbed out for offside via VAR before substitute Taisei Miyashiro completed the scoring deep into injury time.