Avispa take J2 lead with big win

Avispa take J2 lead with big win

Avispa Fukuoka leapt into the MEIJI YASUDA J2 League lead following Sunday’s Round 15 action.

The Kyushu side made quick work of Zweigen Kanazawa in a 5-0 away win. Wellington scored twice alongside Daisuke Ishizu to make it 3-0 at half-time, with Riki Matsuda recording his own brace in the second half.

Naoki Yamada’s game-winner gave Shonan Bellmare a 2-1 win at Matsumoto Yamaga, allowing them to stay on pace with the leaders on points while trailing on goal difference.

Yokohama FC were not as lucky on the road, losing 2-1 at Fagiano Okayama to fall into third. Jumpei Arai’s 85th-minute effort was not enough to overcome goals by Yuta Toyokawa and Shingo Kukita for the hosts.

Kamatamare Sanuki fell into last place following their 2-1 defeat to Thespa Kusatsu Gunma, who moved into 21st place with their third win in four matches. 

Despite falling behind 1-0 in the 31st minute, Hitoshi Morishita’s men fought back with Kazuma Takai’s 41st-minute equaliser and Shohei Okada’s game-winner on the hour.

Veteran Keiji Tamada gave Nagoya Grampus a crucial game-winner in their 2-1 win at Ehime FC, while JEF United Chiba and Roasso Kumamoto fought to a 1-1 draw at the Fukuda Denshi Arena.

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