J1 Matchweek 21 Recap: Marinos' dramatic comeback maintains league lead

J1 Matchweek 21 Recap: Marinos' dramatic comeback maintains league lead

Yokohama F·Marinos needed a late comeback against Cerezo, while Kawasaki Frontale put on a show and Vissel Kobe kept their win streak going. Let’s take a look at all the Matchweek 21 action from the Meiji Yasuda J1 League.

Cerezo Osaka 2, Yokohama F·Marinos 2

The Sakura looked bound for a massive win, but an 82nd-minute red card reduced them to 10 men and Marinos stormed back with two goals from Léo Ceará in the dying minutes to steal a draw for the league leaders.

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 0, Kashima Antlers 0

Kashima had an opportunity to close the gap to first place, but they were unable to find a way past the Consa defense and had to settle for a point that keeps them five points back of the top.

Kawasaki Frontale 4, Gamba Osaka 0

Frontale got an early goal from Leandro Damião, followed by a red card to Gamba, and dominated the rest of the way in a super performance that put them seven points back of Marinos with a match in hand.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1, Shonan Bellmare 1

Masaki Ikeda gave Shonan a lead, only for Yuki Nogami to equalize in a terrific game between two of the league’s most in-form teams.

Sagan Tosu 0, Kashiwa Reysol 1

A match between two of the league’s better defenses played out predictably cagey, but a great 11-pass sequence was finished by Yuki Muto for a fabulous deciding goal.

Urawa Reds 3, F.C.Tokyo 0

David Moberg stayed red hot with another goal, while Atsuki Ito and Tomoaki Okubo chipped in with goals of their own as Urawa extended their unbeaten streak to six matches.

Avispa Fukuoka 1, Kyoto Sanga 0

Yuya Yamagishi’s sixth-minute goal was all Avispa needed to win their second in a row and rejoin the top 10 in the table.

Nagoya Grampus 0, Shimizu S-Pulse 1

S-Pulse got a much-needed victory to aid their relegation fight thanks to goals from Kenta Nishizawa and Thiago Santana on each side of a Grampus red card.

Júbilo Iwata 0, Vissel Kobe 1

Yoshinori Muto kept his excellent form going by drawing a late penalty that Yuya Osako buried to earn the Ushi a third consecutive victory that takes them out of the automatic relegation places and up to 16th in the table.