Matchweek 10 in the Meiji Yasuda J1 League saw a new team take over the top spot in the table, while the entire title race looks like a thriller with the top four teams separated by a mere four points.
Cerezo Osaka 0, Kashima Antlers 3
Yuma Suzuki continued his great season with a goal and assist as Kashima celebrated their 1,000th all-time J1 match with a victory that propelled them into first place in the table.
F.C.Tokyo 2, Gamba Osaka 0
The Japan National Stadium was rocking as Adaílton scored first and Leandro added another later. F.C.Toyko moved into fourth place with a fifth straight match unbeaten.
Kashiwa Reysol 1, Sagan Tosu 4
Reysol had a chance to keep pace in the title race, but they were blitzed by a sublime Sagan, who have only lost once this season and seem to be finding their attacking groove.
Kyoto Sanga 0, Avispa Fukuoka 1
Yuya Yamagishi’s 12th minute goal held up as Avispa picked up a massive victory that has them back in the midtable fight.
Shimizu S-Pulse 2, Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2
Sanfrecce extended their unbeaten streak to five games, but they could not walk away with three points because Thiago Santana was outstanding for S-Pulse, scoring twice to earn the home side a draw.
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 1, Shonan Bellmare 0
Daiki Suga’s sensational blast from more than 20 yards earned Consa their first win of the season at the Sapporo Dome and sent the Red and Black home happy.
Júbilo Iwata 2, Nagoya Grampus 1
Yuki Otsu came off the bench and scored two goals in two minutes to turn the match upside down and earn Júbilo a critical win that took them out of the drop zone.