Seiya Maikuma netted a brace before halftime Friday as 10-man Cerezo Osaka held off Jubilo Iwata 2-1 in the J-League first division.
The 25-year-old right-back opened the scoring with a header off Ryuya Nishio's volleyed cross in the 32nd minute at Yodoko Sakura Stadium in Osaka.
"I'm thankful that I received a good ball," said Maikuma, who arrived at the start of the year from second-division V-Varen Nagasaki.
He found his second on a counterattack eight minutes later, tapping in from a Hiroshi Kiyotake cross.
The hosts went a man down when Hirotaka Tameda was sent off in the 74th minute and had to endure a nervous finish following Fabian Gonzalez's goal for Iwata with 11 minutes left in regulation.
The win lifted Akio Kogiku's Cerezo side to sixth in the standings with 17 points, while Jubilo remained 15th on 11 points.
The home side donned black armbands during the match to mourn former Cerezo player Takuya Miyamoto, who died unexpectedly at age 38 on Sunday.
"I think he'd be pleased with the win," said an emotional Kogiku.