Scotland League Cup

Kawasaki keeps title hopes alive with 1-0 win over Gamba

TOKYO (AP) Defender Elsinho scored late in the second half as Kawasaki Frontale beat Gamba Osaka 1-0 at home on Saturday to keep their J-League title hopes alive.

Elsinho scored his fifth goal of the season on a left-footed shot from close range in the 81st minute.

With the victory, Kawasaki now trails leaders Kashima Antlers by four points with two rounds remaining. Kashima, which is bidding for a record ninth J-League title, was idle on Saturday.