Agence France-PresseApril 20, 2013 09:01
J-League leaders Yokohama Marinos crashed to a 1-0 defeat to Albirex Niigata for their first loss of the season as they saw their lead reduced to only one point on Saturday.
Substitute forward Hideya Okamoto was the hero of the home team when he stepped aside in the area to beat two defenders in the 78th minute for his first goal of the season.
"Defenders were in front of me, but I calmly dodged them to score. I couldn't score in the league competition so far, so I feel very good now," said a jubilant Okamoto.