J1 Matchweek 16 Recap: Kashima collapse, Frontale fall, Marinos make their move

J1 Matchweek 16 Recap: Kashima collapse, Frontale fall, Marinos make their move

There’s a new team atop the table and a big win at the bottom of it. Here’s all the Matchweek 16 action:

F.C.Tokyo 3, Kashima Antlers 1

Ryoma Watanabe’s two goals before half time pushed F.C.Tokyo into the ascendancy before Diego Oliveria made it safe as the capital club ran past a Kashima team that started the weekend top of the table.

Kyoto Sanga F.C. 1, Kawasaki Frontale 0

Kashima’s loss opened the door for Frontale to take over first, but they put a ball in their own net for the only tally of the game, slumping to a loss against a spirited Kyoto side.

Júbilo Iwata 0, Yokohama F·Marinos 2

Marinos took advantage of the top two teams losing as goals from Teruhito Nakagawa and Leó Ceará earned them three points and a long-awaited return to first place.

Kashiwa Reysol 3, Shimizu S-Pulse 1

Another big offensive performance by Reysol gave them nine goals in the last two games to maintain their fourth place position.

Shonan Bellmare 0, Cerezo Osaka 2

Socceroos striker Adam Taggart opened the scoring for Cerezo before Mutsuki Kato’s late goal secured the Sakura's third win in a row.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1, Nagoya Grampus 0

An outstanding free kick by Gakuto Notsuda was the difference as his goal snapped Nagoya’s three-game win streak and gave Sanfrecce another big win.

Sagan Tosu 2, Gamba Osaka 1

Hwang Seok-ho’s 88th minute goal delivered Sagan their first win since May 8 as they got back on track with a crucial three points.

Vissel Kobe 4, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 1

Vissel put together a masterful performance, battling back from a second-half equalizer to earn their second win of the season and gain valuable ground in the relegation fight.

Avispa Fukuoka 0, Urawa Reds 0

A scoreless draw continued Urawa’s rough run of form as their winless streak extended to nine games.