J1 Matchweek 13 Recap: Iniesta shines for Vissel, Antlers stay top

J1 Matchweek 13 Recap: Iniesta shines for Vissel, Antlers stay top

There was big action at the top and bottom of the table as Andrés Iniesta shone in a big win for Vissel Kobe in the relegation zone, while Kashima Antlers won convincingly to retain first place. Let’s check out all the Matchweek 13 action …

Kashima Antlers 4, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 1

Consadole hadn’t allowed a goal in five games, but Kashima tore them apart with a blistering performance led by Yuma Suzuki and Ayase Ueda, as per usual, to stay top of the table.

Kawasaki Frontale 2, Avispa Fukuoka 0

Frontale kept up the pressure on Kashima with second-half goals from Daiya Tono and Shintaro Kurumaya to beat a hard-battling Avispa team.

Shonan Bellmare 1, Yokohama F·Marinos 4

The league’s highest scoring attack added to their tally in a splendid performance as four different players scored to keep pace in the title race.

Kashiwa Reysol 0, Gamba Osaka 1

A 71st minute goal by Dawhan delivered Gamba a second consecutive win as they jolt up the table, while Reysol lose ground in the title race but stay fourth.

Vissel Kobe 4, Sagan Tosu 0

Andrés Iniesta had a goal and assist as Vissel dismantled the league’s best defense and picked up three vital points to take them out of last place.

Urawa Reds 0, Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0

Friday Night J.League showed off two strong teams, but neither was able to break through and take home a win.

Júbilo Iwata 2, F.C.Tokyo 1

Naoki Kanuma sent Yamaha Stadium into a frenzy with an 88th minute winner that pulled Júbilo out of the relegation zone.

Nagoya Grampus 1, Cerezo Osaka 0

Nagoya played their best match in weeks, getting an early Keiya Sento goal and then riding a sturdy defense to a well-earned victory.

Kyoto Sanga 0, Shimizu S-Pulse 0

Both teams had their chances, but neither could break through. A point apiece in Kyoto.