Soccer: Miyagi late winner earns 3 points for leaders Frontale

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Ten Miyagi's injury-time winner secured leaders Kawasaki Frontale a 2-1 J-League first-division win at Kashima Antlers on Wednesday.

With only seconds left in the contest at Kashima Stadium, Miyagi's second shot from outside, over the heads of defenders and in under the bar did the trick after his first, lower effort was blocked.

"After I came on, I was aiming to make a difference but made some mistakes, and I thought that this wasn't going to be my night. But in the end it was about the best goal I've ever scored for this team," said Miyagi, who came off the bench in the second half.

Kashima's Koki Anzai and Juan Alano broke the deadlock in the 61st minute and Antlers appeared in control of the game, but they could not finish their chances and paid the price as Frontale equalized from an 83rd-minute free kick.

In an otherwise lackluster first half, Anzai fired from the left a few minutes before the break and drew a save from keeper Jung Sung Ryong.

Sixteen minutes into the second half, Alano dove for a cross from Anzai on the left and headed it into the turf outside the six-yard box only for it to bounce over Jung and in for the game's first goal.

Antlers appeared to seize control of the match but could not convert their chances and paid the price when Miyagi was brought down just outside the left corner of the area.

Yasuto Wakisaka, another second-half substitute, steered his free kick just in front of the wall and Kazuya Yamamura leaped high to head in the equalizer.

The win lifted Frontale to 72 points, seven clear of second-place Yokohama F Marinos. Nagoya Grampus are 11 points further back in third place after a 1-1 draw at FC Tokyo, while Cerezo Osaka won their mid-table clash at Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0.

Antlers are seventh on 50 points.