Soccer: Komai winner hands Sapporo 2-1 comeback win at Iwata

Yoshiaki Komai scored the winner in Consadole Sapporo's 2-1 come-from-behind away win over Jubilo Iwata in the J-League first division on Sunday.

The midfielder's 55th-minute header secured a well-earned three points for the visitors at Shizuoka Prefecture's Yamaha Stadium. They move up to eighth on 20 points after netting multiple goals for the first time in six games.

Jubilo took the lead when an unmarked Norimichi Yamamoto got on the end of a left corner from 42-year-old Yasuhito Endo in the eighth minute. The defender sliced home while lying on the floor after his initial touch came off a Sapporo defender.

But their slack defending allowed the visitors to draw level 20 minutes later. Lucas Fernandes was under no pressure as he sent in a low cross from the right and a weak volley from Kazuki Fukai, also unmarked, rolled into the right bottom corner.

Iwata came close to restoring the lead within a minute after the break when a good buildup down the right released Masaya Matsumoto. The midfielder's pass found Kenyu Sugimoto but the forward's low effort cannoned off the right post.

Consadole's winner arrived after Ryota Aoki took on a defender inside the box and sent a sharp cross from the left. Komai drifted to the far post and made no mistake with his header.

Jubilo, who struggled to create an opening in the latter stages of the game, remain 15th on 14 points, just one point and one place above the relegation zone.

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