Grampus lead J2 as Thespa escape drop zone

Grampus lead J2 as Thespa escape drop zone

Nagoya Grampus are the new leaders of the 2017 MEIJI YASUDA J2 League after the weekend’s thrilling 16th round.

The J.League co-founders fell behind early when Ibba scored for hosts Yokohama FC on Saturday, but managed to fight back in the second half through Robin Simovic’s double in the 55th and 77th minutes for a 2-1 victory.

Shonan Bellmare slipped to third place after losing to Montedio Yamagata, with Masato Nakayama striking a devastating winner in stoppage time.

V-Varen Nagasaki rose to fifth place with their 1-0 win over Tokyo Verdy, while a mid-table matchup between FC Gifu and Kyoto Sanga ended in a 1-1 draw.

On Sunday, Thespa Kusatsu Gunma climbed out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 win at Avispa Fukuoka, marking their third straight victory.

Meanwhile, Matsumoto Yamaga took full points for the first time in six matches after a definitive 4-0 win at Zweigen Kanazawa.

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