J1 Matchweek 28 Recap: Sanfrecce seize opportunity to occupy top spot

J1 Matchweek 28 Recap: Sanfrecce seize opportunity to occupy top spot

We have a new team atop the Meiji Yasuda J1 League table. Find out how Sanfrecce Hiroshima went top and everything else from Matchweek 28!

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2, Shimizu S-Pulse 0

Tsukasa Shitotani saw red, but 10-man Sanfrecce still got a late brace from Takumu Kawamura - the second an extraordinary goal from more than half field! - to win their fifth straight match and take over the top spot in the table.

F.C.Tokyo 2, Yokohama F·Marinos 2

Marinos took a 2-0 lead, but Koki Tsukagawa answered with two goals of his own to bring FCT back for a draw and drop the Tricolor down to second place.

Shonan Bellmare 2, Kawasaki Frontale 1

Hiroyuki Abe finished a gorgeous move three minutes into stoppage time to deliver Bellmare a dramatic winner, take down the defending champions for the second time this season, and move the team out of the relegation zone.

Kashima Antlers 2, Urawa Reds 2

Arthur Caike’s brace in the first half-hour put Kashima in control, but Urawa fought back through goals from Yusuke Matsuo and Takuya Iwanami to split the points.

Júbilo Iwata 2, Kashiwa Reysol 2

Júbilo needed a result to help their relegation fight and found themselves two goals down against Reysol, but Mahiro Yoshinaga and Fabián González scored in the last 20 minutes to bring the home side back for a crucial point.

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 2, Cerezo Osaka 1

Cerezo were five minutes away from full points, but an 86th-minute goal by Kim Kun-hee and stoppage-time winner by Ryota Aoki brought Consa back to steal the win.

Gamba Osaka 0, Sagan Tosu 3

Sagan put an end to Gamba’s winning streak with a sterling performance that saw them dominate from start to finish.

Avispa Fukuoka 2, Nagoya Grampus 3

A second-minute goal by Ryoya Morishita, followed by a brace from Kensuke Nagai in the first half, was enough for Nagoya, who made their lead hold with the help of a second-half Fukuoka red card.

Kyoto Sanga 2, Vissel Kobe 0

Temma Matsuda found the net just 39 seconds after kickoff and Yuta Toyokawa added another goal eight minutes later as Sanga rode their fast start to a gigantic three points in a clash of relegation battlers.