Soccer: Okamura winner hands Consadole victory at struggling Reysol

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Daihachi Okamura scored the winner as Consadole Sapporo won 2-1 at struggling Kashiwa Reysol in Saturday's only J-League first-division match.

The winner arrived in the 40th minute at Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium after the defender's low cross from the left took a deflection off Kashiwa defender Takumi Kamijima and rolled into the bottom corner.

The goal was initially ruled out for offside but stood up after a lengthy VAR check.

"I've been waiting for a chance (to play) and it's pleasing to win the game with my goal when that arrived," said the 24-year-old after his third start of the season.

"My teammates were telling me it was an own goal but a goal is a goal, I'll take it as my goal and enjoy it."

Consadole opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Ryota Aoki sent a low cross from the left for Takeshi Ogashiwa to tuck home at the far post following a corner.

Kashiwa drew level in the 35th minute after Shunki Takahashi was bundled over inside the box. Brazilian striker Cristiano scored from the spot, but the lead was short-lived and the home side, although showing some improvement after the break, failed to score again.

Consadole are unbeaten in three games and sit 10th on 22 points, while Kashiwa are now six games without a win as they sit 16th -- one place above the relegation zone -- on 14 points.