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J-League: Newly promoted Oita beat Consadole 2-1 to continue strong start

Gerson Rodrigues celebrates scoring Jubilo Iwata's second goal in their 2-0 win away to Shonan Bellmare in the J-League first division. (Kyodo)

SAPPORO (Kyodo) -- Striker Noriaki Fujimoto continued his scoring streak with a second-minute opener as Oita Trinita beat struggling Consadole Sapporo 2-1 in the J-League first-division on Saturday.

In front of 13,852 fans at Sapporo Dome, the newly promoted visitors took a 2-0 lead into the break before withstanding sustained pressure from Consadole throughout the second half.

The 29-year Fujimoto -- who has spent most of his career playing second- and third-tier football -- has hit six goals from six starts in his maiden J1 season to lead all scorers.

The forward at first glance appeared to have netted a brace in the 26th minute, when he and Consadole center-back Hiroki Miyazawa raced forward to get to a Rei Matsumoto cross, but the ball went in off Miyazawa's boot for an own goal.

With Samurai Blue manager Hajime Moriyasu watching from the stands, Fujimoto made the case for his first national squad call-up as the visitors exploited a defensive lapse for their first goal.

With Kazuki Kozuka's cross from the right seemingly sailing over the line outside the far post, Yuji Hoshi stretched to hook a pass back to Fujimoto in the six-yard box.

"Yuji did a great job getting it to me from the opposite side," said Fujimoto, who has edged ahead of Consadole's Anderson Lopes in the golden boot race.

"We started the game really well, and I think we can be satisfied with our performance."

The Osaka native credited the other members of Tomohiro Katanosaka's squad for his strong start to the season.

"It's the result of the entire team's effort, so I'm really grateful to my teammates," Fujimoto said.

Consadole looked dangerous early in the second half, first through both Lopes and then Thailand playmaker Chanathip Songkrasin, whose drove a close-range shot after Musashi Suzuki beat keeper Shun Takagi in the air.

The 1.85-meter Suzuki, a recent Samurai Blue debutant, continued to threaten and could take credit for Yoshinori Suzuki's 69th-minute own-goal, as the defender headed into his own net while racing to beat the Consadole striker to the ball.

The loss continues a disappointing start for Consadole, who came into the campaign with high hopes after a club-best fourth-place finish last season.

Mihailo Petrovic's men, who were coming off a 4-0 thrashing by Nagoya Grampus, have won just one match in their past six in all competitions.

Trinita, meanwhile, have won four of six in an impressive start to their first J1 campaign since 2013.

In other first-division results, last year's runners-up Sanfrecce Hiroshima moved to the top of the table with a 3-0 win at home to Gamba Osaka.

Sanfrecce are separated by goal difference from second-place FC Tokyo, who came back to beat visiting Shimizu S-Pulse 2-1 with a late winner from Diego Oliveira.

At Yurtec Stadium, Vegalta Sendai ran out 3-0 winners over Sagan Tosu, who played without Spanish marquee striker Fernando Torres for a second straight match due to a leg injury.

Jubilo Iwata won 2-0 away to Shonan Bellmare, with Luxembourg winger Gerson Rodrigues scoring into an empty net from just inside the halfway line after the home side threw all 11 men forward in search of an injury-time equalizer.

Promoted Matsumoto Yamaga ended a three-match losing streak by beating Vissel Kobe 2-1 at home.

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