The Associated PressSAITAMA (AP) — Yu Kobayashi scored in the first half Wednesday to help Kawasaki Frontale beat Urawa Reds 1-0 and keep its J.League title hopes alive.
Kobayashi took a pass from Akihiro Ienaga in the 14th minute and beat Urawa goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa with a right-footed shot.
Kawasaki improved to 69 points, two behind defending champion Kashima Antlers with one game remaining. Kawasaki faces Omiya Ardija at home on Saturday, while Kashima travels to Jubilo Iwata.
Kashima is bidding for its record ninth J.League championship, while Kawasaki is hoping to win the title for the first time.
Son named top Asia player
BANGKOK (AP) — Tottenham forward Son Heung Min has won the International Asian Player of the Year award.
The South Korean finished at the top of a three-man shortlist reserved for Asians who play overseas, finishing ahead of Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy (Australia) and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa (Japan).
The 25-year-old Son helped Tottenham finish second in the English league last season, scoring 14 goals. He also helped South Korea qualify for its ninth straight World Cup.