Soccer: Muto's second-half goal lifts Reds past Marinos

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Urawa Reds

Forward Yuki Muto's 79th-minute goal secured Urawa Reds a 2-1 away win against Yokohama F Marinos in the J-League first division on Sunday.

The three points from the day's only match in the top flight lifted Urawa to ninth in the table, while Marinos stand in 14th in the 18-team table.

The win at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama was Urawa's first in the league in a month, following a draw with Shimizu S-Pulse and defeats to Nagoya Grampus and Cerezo Osaka.

Tomoya Ugajin scored the opener right before halftime to break the deadlock and give Urawa the lead. Muto's free kick was deflected outside the penalty area into the path of Ugajin, who fired home his second goal of the season.

Urawa keeper Shusaku Nishikawa, who made a number of superb saves in the first half, was unable to block Portuguese substitute Hugo Vieira's effort in the 69th minute. Keita Endo crossed to his right, and Vieira beat a defender and slotted into an empty net.

Muto scored the winner 10 minutes later when he controlled a pass from midfielder Takuya Aoki and drove it home before keeper Hiroki Iikura could react.

Urawa head coach Oswaldo Oliveira was banned from the dugout for this match, and assistant coach Tsuyoshi Otsuki led the side to their first win since Aug. 15.

"It was a tight game and there were times we were pushed back in the second half, but it was good how the players scored two goals in a way we worked on during training," Otsuki said.

Marinos had more than 60 percent of possession but lacked a finishing touch and failed to capitalize on the opportunities they created.

"It's a game we should have won. We had chances, we should have scored goals," said head coach Ange Postecoglou, who took the reins this season.

"We just have to keep playing our football and take our chances. That's the game of football, and we'll just keep going," said the former Australia national team boss.