Former OB Odense striker Peter Utaka twice found the back of the net for Kyoto Sanga as they were defeated 4-3 by Jubilo Iwata on Sunday.
The seven-cap Super Eagles forward surprisingly failed to score in the first two matches of the season. It was a relief to see him get off the mark this term.
With the result, Kyoto Sanga are 10th on the ladder with four points from three matches.
Peter Utaka, 37, scored in the 47th and 55th minutes respectively for the hosts who lost in the Japan J-League 2 week 4 fixture.
He has netted 2 goals in 3 games this term.
The former Super Eagles striker has impressed heavily since he joined the lower division side from Ventforet Kofu.
The 37-year-old Utaka was the J-League joint top goalscorer in 2016 with 19 goals, alongside Leandro of Vissel Kobe.
Peter Utaka numbers Westerlo, OB Odense, Dalian Aerbin, Beijing Guoan, Tokushima Vortis, Shanghai Shenxin, Shimizu S-Pulse, Tokyo, Vejle BK and Sanfrecce Hiroshima among his former clubs.