MEIJI YASUDA J2 League leaders Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo proved to be just as potent in their “home away from home” based on their 5-2 win over Yokohama FC.
Julinho, Reis, Takuma Arano, Takahiro Masukawa and Shinya Uehara scored for the hosts in front of over 10,000 fans at Hakodate Chiyogadai Stadium, some of whom arrived via the recently-opened Hokkaido Shinkansen bullet train line.
Cerezo Osaka also scored big in a 5-1 win at Roasso Kumamoto in the first match held at Umakana Yokana Stadium since April’s Kumamoto Earthquake.
Jun Sonoda put the home side into the lead in the eighth minute, but Cerezo responded quickly with strikes from Shohei Kiyohara and Bruno Meneghel as well as a Ricardo Santos brace.
Fourth-place Fagiano Okayama and sixth-place Shimizu S-Pulse traded leads twice in a 2-2 draw at City Light Stadium, with all four goals coming in the final 25 minutes of play.
Mito Hollyhock went into halftime with a 2-0 lead over third-place Matsumoto Yamaga, but surrendered three second-half goals, including an own goal in the 53rd minute, to lose 3-2.