Matchweek 15 brought some midweek madness to the Meiji Yasuda J1 League and a change at the top of the table. Here’s all the action:
Kawasaki Frontale 0, Shonan Bellmare 4
This all-Kanagawa battle went Shonan’s way in stunning fashion as the relegation-threatened side obliterated the defending champions, 4-0, taking them off the top of the table.
Kashima Antlers 4, Sagan Tosu 4
Kashima entered stoppage time trailing 3-2, only to score two and take the lead, but Sagan answered with a goal of their own in the seventh minute of added time. The wild ending and point that came from it was enough to lift Antlers past Frontale in the table for first place.
Yokohama F·Marinos 2, Kyoto Sanga 0
Ryuta Koike and Ken Matsubara scored for the league’s top scoring attack as they moved within two points of Kashima atop the table.
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 1, Kashiwa Reysol 6
Normally led by their strong defense, Reysol’s attack stole the show — with some help from an early Consadole red card — in a dominating performance to put them back in fourth place.
Cerezo Osaka 2, Urawa Reds 0
Second half goals by Hiroshi Kiyotake and Seiya Maikuma earned the Sakura their third win in their last four matches as they took over fifth in the table.
Shimizu S-Pulse 0, F.C.Tokyo 3
Ryoya Ogawa was on the double as FCT picked up a good away win in Shizuoka.
Nagoya Grampus 1, Avispa Fukuoka 0
Shinnosuke Nakatani’s early goal held up even after Nagoya played the final 47 minutes down a man in an impressive third consecutive victory for Grampus.
Vissel Kobe 0, Júbilo Iwata 0
The Ushi looked good in Andrés Iniesta’s 100th J.League match, but they were unable to break through and had to settle for a draw.
Gamba Osaka, Sanfrecce Hiroshima