J1 League Matchweek 5 Recap: Zelvia retain place on top with another win

J1 League Matchweek 5 Recap: Zelvia retain place on top with another win

FC Machida Zelvia are still on top of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League, continuing a remarkable start to the season that has seen the newly-promoted side leap into first place.

How did they do it? Let’s check in on that and all the other action from Matchweek 5:

FC Machida Zelvia 3, Sagan Tosu 1

Oh Se-hun broke the 1-1 tie with a pair of goals that fired Zelvia to their fourth consecutive win to keep them top of the table.

Cerezo Osaka 2, Shonan Bellmare 0

Kakeru Funaki headed home from a corner kick then Sota Kitano added a goal of his own to seal the victory for Cerezo as the Sakura kept hold of second place.

Vissel Kobe 6, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 1

Taisei Miyashiro and Yoshinori Muto each scored twice to lead Vissel to a dominant win that put them in third place, three points off the top.

Kashima Antlers 1, Júbilo Iwata 0

Yuma Suzuki’s penalty was all Kashima needed to keep cruising to another victory.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1, Gamba Osaka 1

Welton put Gamba ahead after 76 minutes, but Naoto Arai answered within two minutes with a long-range strike to earn Sanfrecce a draw.

Albirex Niigata 1, Kashiwa Reysol 1

Reysol took an early lead through Kosuke Kinoshita, but Kazuhiko Chiba scored a terrific equalizer on the full volley to rescue a point for Albirex.

Urawa Reds 2, Avispa Fukuoka 1

It was two Urawa newcomers combining for a classic comeback as Ryoma Watanabe and Thiago Santana each found the back of the net to earn the Reds a vital come-from-behind victory.

Kawasaki Frontale 3, FC Tokyo 0

Frontale sealed a Tamagawa Clasico victory to remember with goals from Yasuto Wakizaka, Shin Yamada, and Kento Tachibanada sparking celebrations in Kawasaki.

Nagoya Grampus 2, Yokohama F·Marinos 1

Grampus showed their grit, coming from behind to defeat Marinos, thanks to spectacular goals by Tsukasa Morishima and Ryosuke Yamanaka.

Tokyo Verdy 2, Kyoto Sanga 2

Itsuki Someno rescued Verdy with goals in the 80th and 93rd minute to pull his side back from 2-0 down to split the points in dramatic fashion.