Soccer: Ueda brace sends leaders Kashima to 2nd straight win

Japan forward Ayase Ueda hit a brace as leaders Kashima Antlers saw off promoted Jubilo Iwata 3-1 at home Tuesday for their second straight J-League first-division win.

Ueda took his season's tally to seven goals as Kashima, who went top with Friday's 3-0 win at Cerezo Osaka, beat a side they forged a great rivalry with around the turn of the century.

Yuma Suzuki flashed his half-volley just wide, and Arthur Caike had a powerful header saved before the latter netted from a corner in the 29th minute when Iwata's Moldovan keeper Alexei Koselev was unable to keep out a tame header.

The visitors enjoyed a brief spell of possession before the opener but went two goals down six minutes later when Suzuki's chipped-through ball found Ueda, who beat the offside trap and put his body before a defender before slotting into the far corner.

Jubilo failed to pose many threats but got a goal back in the 71st minute from a short corner as Kosuke Yamamoto's cross to the far post was headed in by Colombian forward Fabian Gonzalez.

Ueda restored the two-goal cushion with a sublime 78th-minute effort as he turned outside the box, drifted to his left away from his two markers and rifled into the near top corner, again with his weaker left foot.

"Having a variety of scoring patterns impacts directly on the value of a forward, so I will keep practicing," said Ueda, who is shining under first-year Swiss manager Rene Weiler.

"The bottom line is, we're winning games thanks to the defensive players conceding few."

Elsewhere, Kaito Mori hit a brace as Kashiwa Reysol came from behind to win 2-1 at Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Sagan Tosu settled for a 1-1 home draw with Cerezo.

Shimizu S-Pulse moved out of the relegation zone by winning 4-1 away to fellow strugglers Shonan Bellmare. Nagoya Grampus were held 1-1 at home against another promoted side, Kyoto Sanga.

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