England League One

Kawasaki beats Bellmare 2-0 to stay top of J-League

TOKYO (AP) Yoshito Okubo and Yu Kobayashi scored second-half goals on Saturday as Kawasaki Frontale beat Shonan Bellmare 3-2 to remain in first place in the J-League.

Shintaro Kurumaya opened the scoring for Kawasaki in the first half and Okubo widened the lead three minutes after the break. Kobayashi made it 3-0 with his 12th of the season before two late goals by the hosts made for a tense finish.

Kawasaki improved to 16 points in the second-stage and leads Urawa Reds on goal difference. Reds beat Ventforet Kofu 2-0 on goals by Yuki Muto and Tadanari Lee.