HIRATSUKA, Kanagawa (Kyodo) -- FC Tokyo climbed to second in the J-League table Sunday after Brazilian forward Adailton struck late to clinch a 1-0 win against last-place Shonan Bellmare.
With the victory, FC Tokyo moved two points ahead of Cerezo Osaka, who have two games in hand on Kenta Hasegawa's side following a 3-1 loss to runaway first-division leaders Kawasaki Frontale on Saturday.
All five shots on target at BMW Stadium belonged to FC Tokyo, but the visitors were unable to penetrate the stubborn Bellmare defense until Adailton found the net in the 78th minute.
With Shonan scrambling to neutralize a long ball into the box, substitute forward Kyosuke Tagawa set up the goal by dispossessing center back Keisuke Saka and quickly finding Adailton, who fired home from the right of the area.
The goal was the seventh of the J1 season for the 29-year-old in just his seventh appearance in the starting lineup.
"It was a very tough game. They were marking us tightly, but I was able to score thanks to a great pass from Kyosuke," said Adailton, who arrived from Jubilo Iwata at the beginning of the year.
"Today, several players who've seen limited game time were given a run, and we came together well."
The defeat leaves Shonan rooted to the bottom of the standings with just two wins for the year. With relegation suspended for the current season due to the impact of the coronavirus, Bin Ukishima's side can at least rest assured of a place in the top flight next year.
In other J1 matches, Vissel Kobe beat champions Yokohama F Marinos 3-2 away at Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium to claim their fourth straight win since splitting from former manager Thorsten Fink.
Mu Kanazaki struck early in the second half to give Nagoya Grampus a 1-0 away win against an Urawa Reds side who were reduced to 10 men when defender Thomas Deng earned a straight red for a rough tackle in the 85th minute.