Full J.League Results for the past weekend ....
J1 - Saturday 28th Sept. (in order of kick off times)
Vegalta Sendai 0-0 Yokohama F•Marinos
With Saito and Marquinhos out, Marinos struggled to break down a crowded home defence and neither team seemed to have a shot on target until Wilson forced a save from the away keeper in additonal time! A borefest indeed!
Kashiwa Reysol 1-1 Albirex Niigata
While season ace Kawamata scored for Albirex - who have been on a decent run, Reysol may well have had their minds on how the **** they are going to claw back the deficit in their AFC ACL semi-final in China on Wednesday!
Shimizu S-Pulse 2-1 Ventforet Kofu
Patrick scored a very early goal for the visitors (and had a second chalked off for offside in the second half), while Genki Omae continued his heroic return to the team with another two goals as one of the in-form teams of the moment grabbed another three points.
Sagan Tosu 0-2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Tosu's recent decent (poetry there?) run has now tailed off but they are well clear of the bottom three ... but perhaps not yet comfortable. Sanfrecce kept the pressure on F•Marinos at the top and are looking confident and relaxed in the run-in.
Kashima Antlers 3-1 Oita Trinita
Oita took the lead through Deka-Morishima early in the second half after a stalemate first period, but was there even going to be any other result than an Antlers win? Endo grabbed a quick brace and Who-Ate-All-the-Pies Davi got a late third goal to seal the points.
Shonan Bellmare 2-2 Urawa Reds
Makino opened the scoring early on but Wellington equalised with a PK before a super header from Endo and it looked as if Bellmare might hold on until Kashiwagi popped in the winner after Reds finally put a decent passing move together in additional time. Jubilo fans heaved a tiny sigh of relief, perhaps? Kofu fans more so!
Cerezo Osaka 2-0 Jubilo Iwata
Kakitani magic broke the deadlock, Yamashita added a second and Jubilo sank closer to J2 while the sometimes great to watch, but SO inconsistent Cerezo edge toward an ACL spot, or, dare I say it the top?! No, I dare not say that!
Omiya Ardija 2-5 F.C.Tokyo
LUCAS! Hat trick! Three points! FC Tokyo hit 5th - level on points and goal difference with Cerezo while Ardija continued the collapse that I predicted in that J-Talk Podcast all those weeks ago. (There is no joy in that, for me, just a little satisfaction that I saw it coming!) And ... Sota Hirayama scored again - is he on the way back?
Nagoya Grampus 1-2 Kawasaki Frontale
Yoshito Okubo took the ball near the half way line, advanced, twisted, turned, left Tulio on his backside and blasted a left footer into the net just after the half hour to five Frontale the lead.... Moriya got the second and Frontale were coasting. NOT! Hayuma Tanaka grabbed a goal in additional time and GRampus' fans got their hopes up but, the game re-started and the whistle sounded. Frontale keep their ACL hopes alive, Okubo stays top of the pops!
1 Yokohama F•Marinos 52 pts. GD +19
2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 50 +18
3 Urawa Reds 48 +12
4 Kashima Antlers 47 +4
5 F.C.Tokyo 44 16
6 Cerezo Osaka 44 +16
7 Kawasaki Frontale 42 +8
8 Vegalta Sendai 40 +7
9 Omiya Ardija 39 +1
10 Kashiwa Reysol 38 -5
11 Shimizu S-Pulse 38 -9
12 Albirex Niigata 37 -2
13 Nagoya Grampus 36 -1
14 Sagan Tosu 33 -12
15 Ventforet Kofu 29 -10
16 Shonan Bellmare 24 -22
17 Jubilo Iwata 19 -11
18 Oita Trinita 10 -29
J2 - Sunday 29th Sept. (in order of kick off times)
Matsumoto Yamaga 2-2 Tochigi SC
Fagiano Okayama 3-0 JEF United Chiba Ichihara Uncle Tom Cobbley
Kyoto Sanga 2-0 V-Varen Nagasaki
Roasso Kumamoto 2-1 Consadole Sapporo
Montedio Yamagata 0-1 Giravanz Kitakyushu
Tokyo Verdy 2-1 Thespakusatsu Gunma
Tokushima Vortis 2-1 Gainare Tottori
Avispa Fukuoka 1-4 Kataller Toyama
Gamba Osaka 0-1 Ehime FC
Vissel Kobe 1-1 Mito HollyHock
Note that the "missing" game from this "matchday" - Yokohama FC v FC Gifu - will be played on Wednesday 23rd October, kick off 19.04 (probably!) at Mitsuzawa.
1 Vissel Kobe 72 pts. GD +28
2 Gamba Osaka 71 +42
3 Kyoto Sanga 60 +22
4 Tokushima Vortis 59 +8
5 V･Varen Nagasaki 56 +4
6 JEF United Chiba 55 +14
7 Fagiano Okayama 51 +9
8 Consadole Sapporo 51 +8
9 Matsumoto Yamaga 51 +2
10 Tokyo Verdy 51 +1
11 Montedio Yamagata 50 +12
12 Tochigi SC 47 +1
13 Mito Hollyhock 46 -6
14 Yokohama FC 44 +0
15 Avispa Fukuoka 44 -11
16 Giravanz Kitakyushu 41 -8
17 Ehime FC 40 -9
18 Roasso Kumamoto 36 -18
19 Kataller Toyama 35 -13
20 Thespakusatsu Gunma 31 -19
21 FC Gifu 31 -36
22 Gainare Tottori 28 -31