J1 League Matchweek 9 Recap: Zelvia reclaim first place with win over FC Tokyo

J1 League Matchweek 9 Recap: Zelvia reclaim first place with win over FC Tokyo

FC Machida Zelvia slipped up last week to fall from the top of the table, but they are right back in first place now. Find out how they did it and all the rest of the Matchweek 9 action:

FC Tokyo 1, FC Machida Zelvia 2

Na Sang-ho scored the opener and Oh Se-hun added a second as the South Korean duo fired Zelvia to victory and back to the top of the table.

Nagoya Grampus 2, Cerezo Osaka 1

Kensuke Nagai’s late goal made the difference as Nagoya picked up a big win and knocked Cerezo from the J1 summit.

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 1, Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1

Sanfrecce would have taken over first place with a win, but Supachok Sarachat’s goal was enough to earn Sapporo a well-earned point as Hiroshima dropped to third.

Shonan Bellmare 0, Vissel Kobe 1

A late Yoshinori Muto stunner gave the reigning champs a win in Hiratsuka and took Vissel Kobe up to fourth in the table.

Urawa Reds 0, Gamba Osaka 1

Isa Sakomoto’s gorgeous finish off the inside of the post is all Gamba needed to take maximum points in Saitama.

Sagan Tosu 4, Kashima Antlers 2

Sagan started the matchweek in last place but ended it out of the drop zone altogether thanks to a big win against Kashima that featured a double from young star Marcelo Ryan.

Kyoto Sanga 0, Albirex Niigata 1

Kaito Taniguchi’s gorgeous touch, turn, and finish is all Albirex needed to take three points home from Kyoto.

Avispa Fukuoka 2, Júbilo Iwata 2

J1's leading scorer Ryo Germain found the back of the net twice, but Shahab Zahedi scored two goals of his own as two of J1’s best strikers electrified proceedings in a memorable stalemate.

Kawasaki Frontale 0, Tokyo Verdy 0

Both Frontale and Verdy had their chances to take full points from this one, but neither team found a ways though. They both remain perilously close to relegation territory.