Sho Ito scored twice and Brazilian midfielder Leandro added another as Kashima Antlers beat Consadole Sapporo 3-1 in the J-League on Sunday.
Ito put the visitors ahead with his third goal of the season in the 12th minute at Sapporo Dome and doubled the advantage 10 minutes later with a left-foot shot from close range.
Leandro made it 3-0 in the 75th before Anderson Lopes scored late for the hosts.
With the win, Kashima moved into fifth place on seven points, three behind leaders FC Tokyo which beat Nagoya Grampus 1-0.
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In other matches, Spanish midfielder Isaac Cuenca scored his first goal in Japan on a header in injury time as Sagan Tosu beat Jubilo Iwata 1-0.
Oita Trinita beat Yokohama F Marinos 2-0 while Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Matsumoto Yamaga 1-0.
Former Germany star Lucas Podolski opened the scoring for Vissel Kobe but Shimizu S-Pulse leveled for a 1-1 draw.
Gamba Osaka beat Kawasaki Frontale 1-0, Urawa Reds edged Cerezo Osaka 2-1 and Shonan Bellmare defeated Vegalta Sendai 2-1.