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.