TOKYO -- Defender Elsinho scored late in the second half as Kawasaki Frontale beat Gamba Osaka 1-0 at home on Saturday to keep their J-League title hopes alive.
Elsinho scored his fifth goal of the season on a left-footed shot from close range in the 81st minute.
With the victory, Kawasaki now trails leaders Kashima Antlers by four points with two rounds remaining. Kashima, which is bidding for a record ninth J-League title, was idle on Saturday.
In other matches, Patric scored the winner in the as relegation-threatened Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Vissel Kobe 2-1. Kashiwa Reysol edged Jubilo Iwata 1-0 on an own goal and Cerezo Osaka thrashed Yokohama F Marinos 4-1.
Vegalta Sendai beat Omiya Ardija 3-0 while Sagan Tosu edged FC Tokyo 2-1. Albirex Niigata beat Ventforet Kofu 1-0.