J1 League Matchweek 22 Recap: Stoppage-time heroics thrill across Japan

J1 League Matchweek 22 Recap: Stoppage-time heroics thrill across Japan

A dramatic week unfolded in the Meiji Yasuda J1 League as four matches were decided by stoppage time goals. Let’s check in on all the exciting action.

FC Machida Zelvia 1, Nagoya Grampus 0

Hokuto Shimoda’s clever feint and composed finish was all Zelvia needed to pick up three points and maintain their five-point lead at the top.

Kashima Antlers 2, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 0

Yuma Suzuki was in brilliant form, picking up assists on goals by Shu Morooka and Tomoya Fujii to give Kashima a big win and ensure the Antlers stay in second place.

Gamba Osaka 4, Yokohama F·Marinos 0

Gamba were brilliant against Yokohama F·Marinos, with Juan Alano, Dawhan, Takashi Usami, and Issam Jebali all getting on the scoresheet to keep the Black and Blue firmly in the title race.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1, Vissel Kobe 3

The defending champs picked up a very impressive away win in Hiroshima as Yuya Osako, Rikuto Hirose and Hotaru Yamaguchi all found the back of the net for Vissel.

Tokyo Verdy 1, Cerezo Osaka 1

10-man Verdy took a lead courtesy of Hiroto Yamami, but they were unable to make it stand until the end as J1 leading scorer Léo Ceará earned Cerezo a point in the capital.

Avispa Fukuoka 1, Kyoto Sanga 2

What. A. Game. It looked like Masaya Tashiro had earned Fukuoka a draw when he equalized three minutes into stoppage time, but Yuta Miyamoto scored six minutes later to fire Sanga to a thrilling victory at the death.

Kashiwa Reysol 3, FC Tokyo 2

Reysol conceded in the 86th minute to allow FC Tokyo level, but Sachiro Toshima banged one home in stoppage time to send the yellow end wild and deliver three points to the home side.

Urawa Reds 2, Shonan Bellmare 3

Bellmare were brilliant in a famous away win as Hisatsugu Ishii equalized in the 90th minute and Lukian won it two minutes later against Urawa.

Albirex Niigata 3, Sagan Tosu 4

This seven-goal thriller had to be seen to be believed as Sagan Tosu held on for the win in Niigata.

Júbilo Iwata 2, Kawasaki Frontale 2

We had another epic stoppage-time goal in this one as Hiroki Yamada’s late equalizer delighted the home crowd to cap off a gripping draw between Júbilo and Frontale.