FC Tokyo's chances of reaching the Asian Champions League took a hit in a 3-1 loss to promoted Kashiwa Reysol in the J-League first-division on Wednesday.
Brazilian striker Cristiano scored a second-half brace for the visitors at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium after Ataru Esaka opened Reysol's account in the 28th minute.
The loss left FC Tokyo on 47 points and in fourth place. Although they trail second-place Gamba Osaka and third-place Cerezo Osaka by only point, neither of the two Kansai clubs have played more than 25 games, while FC Tokyo have played 28.
Esaka opened the scoring by being in the right place at the right time. The Tokyo defense failed to deal with a long clearance from inside the Reysol half and the ball fell to Hayato Nakama, whose shot from the edge of the area was blocked and came straight back to Esaka who easily beat keeper Go Hatano.
Forty-seven seconds after the restart, Cristiano made it 2-0 after more careless Tokyo defending. J-League scoring leader Michael Olunga pounced on the ball and drove toward goal before tapping a cross to Cristiano near the penalty spot for the Brazilian to slot past Hatano with his first touch.
Adailton pulled one back for the hosts in the 49th minute, before Olunga again played provider for Cristiano in the 75th minute. The Kenya international drew a crowd in midfield and his through ball found Cristiano, who beat one defender before firing past the unfortunate Hatano.
Elsewhere, Douglas scored Vissel Kobe's 77th-minute decider in a 3-2 win at Vegalta Sendai, while Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Yokohama F Marinos 3-1 at home.