J1 League Matchweek 17 Recap: Antlers move level with Zelvia at top

J1 League Matchweek 17 Recap: Antlers move level with Zelvia at top

The Meiji Yasuda J1 League gave us a treat in Matchweek 17, with some phenomenal games and a pair of results that have two teams tied on points atop the table. Let’s dive into all the action.

FC Machida Zelvia 1, Albirex Niigata 3

It was a shock at the top of the table in Machida, as Albirex scored three times by the 52nd minute to deliver their fans an impressive victory at Zelvia, who remain in first place only on goal difference.

Kashima Antlers 3, Yokohama F·Marinos 2

Yuma Suzuki, Kimito Nono and Ikuma Sekigawa all scored in the second half against the AFC Champions League runners-up as the Antlers moved level on points with Zelvia in the battle for top spot.

Shonan Bellmare 1, Gamba Osaka 2

Veteran star Takashi Usami buried a pair of goals in Hiratsuka to extend Gamba's unbeaten streak to six as the Black and Blue settled into third place.

Urawa Reds 1, Vissel Kobe 1

Haruya Ide’s opener was answered by a pinpoint Shoya Nakajima finish as Vissel failed to win for a third straight game and slipped to fourth place in Saitama.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2, Júbilo Iwata 0

Pieros Sotiriou scored in the first half and added another in the second to lead the Viola to full points against visiting Júbilo.

Sagan Tosu 0, FC Tokyo 1

FC Tokyo brought full points back to the capital after Yasuki Kimoto's terrific goal in Tosu.

Kawasaki Frontale 2, Nagoya Grampus 1

The legendary Akihiro Ienaga had scored twice by the 18th minute and Frontale held on to take all three points from Grampus.

Kyoto Sanga 1, Cerezo Osaka 1

Cerezo's Léo Ceará extended his lead atop the J1 scoring chart, but Temma Matsuda equalized for Sanga to split the points in Kyoto.

Kashiwa Reysol 0, Avispa Fukuoka 2

Avispa's Itsuki Oda scored after an own goal put Fukuoka in front to snap the visitors’ two-match losing streak.

Tokyo Verdy 5, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 3

This eight-goal thriller had us on the edge of our seats! Yudai Kimura and Itsuki Someno each scored twice as Verdy put on a show in a dazzling win over Consadole.