Avispa reclaim second place as Grampus pile on goals

Avispa reclaim second place as Grampus pile on goals

Another wild MEIJI YASUDA J2 League weekend saw several positions shift in the races for automatic promotion and a spot in the J1 Promotion Playoff.

With Shonan Bellmare hanging onto first place following their 4-2 win over Zweigen Kanazawa, Avispa Fukuoka returned to second place after Koji Yamase and Riki Matsuda scored early in the team’s 2-1 victory over Renofa Yamaguchi.

That result caused V-Varen Nagasaki, who drew 0-0 at Montedio Yamagata, to slip into third place on the weekend. 

Four points behind them are Nagoya Grampus, who triumphed 6-2 at FC Gifu in no small part thanks to Gabriel Xavier’s hat trick.

Takayoshi Ishihara’s seventh goal of the season gave Matsumoto Yamaga a 1-0 win at Mito Hollyhock, pushing them into fifth place above Yokohama FC who drew 1-1 at last-place Thespa Kusatsu Gunma.

Oita Trinita inched toward the playoff zone with a 3-0 win at 10th-place Fagiano Okayama, putting them just two points behind Yokohama. 

Tokushima Vortis, who drew 0-0 at Kamatamare Sanuki, and Tokyo Verdy, who emerged victorious in the Tokyo Classic after a 3-1 thumping of Machida Zelvia, round out the Top 10 in eighth and ninth place respectively.

While the J1 will take a break for the week’s international fixtures as well as the J.League YBC Levain Cup semi-finals, the J2 will march on with Round 36 scheduled for October 7 and 8.

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