HIROSHIMA, Japan — Hisato Sato scored a record-tying goal and Douglas netted a hat trick as Sanfrecce Hiroshima thrashed Shonan Bellmare 5-0 on Sunday to clinch the J-League's second stage title in the final game of the regular season.
Sato scored his 157th goal, matching the all-time league record held by former Japan striker Masashi Nakayama.
Sanfrecce finished the second stage with 40 points, three ahead of Kashima Antlers which beat Nagoya Grampus 1-0.
First-stage winners Urawa Reds beat Vissel Kobe 5-2.
Defending champion Gamba Osaka beat Montedio Yamagata 4-0 to claim the final spot in the championship final.
Urawa will host Gamba on Saturday in the first round of the playoffs. The winners will face Hiroshima in a two-leg final on Dec. 2 and 5.
Also, Veteran Yoshito Okubo scored as Kawasaki Frontale edged Vegalta Sendai 1-0.
Okubo finished as the league's top scorer with 23 goals for an unprecedented third successive season.
Yokohama F Marinos finished in a goalless draw with Matsumoto Yamaga whike Ventforet drew 2-2 with Shimizu S-Pulse. Kashiwa Reysol drew 1-1 at home to Albirex Niigata.