Captain Mitsuo Ogasawara scored the only goal, as the Kashima Antlers beat Cerezo Osaka 1-0 in the J.League on Saturday.
Cerezo Osaka entertained the Kashima Antlers on Saturday - both teams languishing in the bottom-half of the J.League.
After a sluggish start, it was the visitors who took the lead in the 38th minute.
Osaka goalkeeper Kim Jin Hyeon tried to take control when the Antlers were awarded a free-kick.
But captain Mitsuo Ogasawara had other ideas -he beat the wall, making it 1-0 to the visitors.
Osaka came close just after the hour mark. Yoichiro Kakitani crossed from the near side - but Brazilian striker Kempes could only head straight at the goal keeper.
10 minutes later, Antlers could have doubled the lead - Shinzo Koroki cut into the box but his chip from an acute angle narrowly missed the mark.
Koroki showed his frustration but they held on to win 1-0.
A vital away win for the Antlers who move into the top half of the league whilst Osaka remain in the bottom half.
Kashima Antlers beat Cerezo Osaka 1-0Sunday, July 15 2012