J1 Matchweek 21 recap: Frontale stun Marinos, allowing Vissel to take over first

J1 Matchweek 21 recap: Frontale stun Marinos, allowing Vissel to take over first

There’s a new team atop the Meiji Yasuda J1 League. Yokohama F·Marinos stumbled, while Vissel Kobe took full points, allowing the Ushi to leap into the top spot in the league. What happened in both teams’ matches, as well as around the rest of J1? Let’s dive into it.

Vissel Kobe 2, Sagan Tosu 1

Sagan scored first, but Vissel battled back through goals by Yuya Osako and Jean Patric to secure full points and move back atop the league.

Yokohama F·Marinos 0, Kawasaki Frontale 1

Jun Ichimori played terrific in goal to keep Marinos level into stoppage time, but Shintaro Kurumaya struck with the winning goal then to hand the Tricolor their first home loss of the season and dump them out of first place.

Kyoto Sanga 2, Nagoya Grampus 1

Ryoya Yamasaki scored 13 minutes in and Patric scored two minutes into stoppage time to upset third place Nagoya and earn Sanga their third win in their last five.

Cerezo Osaka 2, Urawa Reds 0

Urawa’s 10-match unbeaten streak came to an end as Léo Ceará continued his terrific season with another goal and Jordy Croux added a curler of his own to hand the Sakura full points.

F.C.Tokyo 1, Kashima Antlers 3

Goals by Yuma Suzuki, Yuki Kakita and Diego Pituca more than wiped out Diego Oliveira’s early tally as Kashima cruised to victory in the capital.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1, Yokohama FC 1

Yokohama nearly walked away with three crucial points in their bid to avoid the drop, but a costly error by Svend Brodersen in stoppage time allowed Sanfrecce to steal a draw.

Shonan Bellmare 0, Avispa Fukuoka 1

Douglas Grolli scored late to earn Avispa their third consecutive win and take them up to 10th place, leaving Bellmare still at the bottom of the table.

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 0, Albirex Niigata 1

Koji Suzuki scored in the 53rd minute and they were able to make it hold up despite Naoto Arai’s 61st minute red card to win in Sapporo.

Gamba Osaka 3, Kashiwa Reysol 1

Mao Hosoya’s goal was not nearly enough for Reysol as red hot Gamba made it seven in a run unbeaten thanks to goals by Dawhan, Ryotaro Meshino and Juan Alano.