The Meiji Yasuda J1 League had major action at the top and bottom in Matchweek 29. Let’s check out all the action from every spot in the table:
Yokohama F·Marinos 0, Vissel Kobe 2
Yuya Osako was on the mark from the spot and Yoshinori Muto scored as part of his terrific match, leading the Ushi to a massive win in a battle of first place vs. second place to put them four points clear atop the table. You can read the full report here.
Urawa Reds 1, Yokohama FC 1
Alexander Scholz rescued a point for the Reds with a late penalty as they held onto third place and moved within four points of second.
Avispa Fukuoka 0, Kashima Antlers 0
Kashima did not lack for chances, but they couldn’t find the back of the net as Avi were able to take a hard-earned point.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3, Nagoya Grampus 1
The Viola stormed back from a goal down with three goals from the 72nd minute on to leap Nagoya for fifth in the table.
Cerezo Osaka 0, Shonan Bellmare 2
Late goals by Akito Suzuki and Yuki Ohashi fired Bellmare to a gigantic victory that took them out of last place and the drop zone.
F.C.Tokyo 3, Gamba Osaka 0
Riki Harakawa, Diego Oliveira and Kota Tawaratsumida all scored as the capital club put on a show to close in on the top half of the table.
Kawasaki Frontale 2, Albirex Niigata 3
Mere minutes after Frontale leveled the match at 2-2, Shunsuke Ota cut in from the left and hit a beautiful shot that found the back of the net and earned Albi a terrific win in Kawasaki.
Sagan Tosu 3, Kyoto Sanga 2
Sanga were reduced to 10 men five minutes into stoppage time and that was enough for Sagan to stage a miraculous comeback, getting goals from Wataru Hanada and Hwang Seok-ho to take a fabulous three points in front of a delirious home crowd.
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 1, Kashiwa Reysol 2
Mao Hosoya was the Reysol hero, scoring twice to put his side six points clear of the drop zone as they creep ever closer to safety.