Urawa batter Kawasaki to go top; Kashima held by Hiroshima

Urawa Red Diamonds 3 – Kawasaki Frontale 0 (J-League, April 18, 2010) Reds midfielder Hajime Hosogai gave the hosts an early lead in the seventh minute when he rifled home a Kawasaki clearance with his right foot from outside the box. A minute later, Tatsuya Tanaka added the second when he played a one-two with Edmilson near the halfway line, advanced up the pitch and blasted the ball into the back of the net from distance. In the 72nd minute Satoshi Horinouchi was on hand to tap in a rebound for number three.

Kashima Antlers 0 – Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0 (J-League, April 18, 2010) Defending champions Kashima Antlers were held to a 0-0 draw by Sanfrecce Hiroshima at home. Kashima have now drawn the last two matches, while Hiroshima have not won in three games.