J1 Matchweek 3 recap: Vissel Kobe stay perfect, top table

J1 Matchweek 3 recap: Vissel Kobe stay perfect, top table

The Meiji Yasuda J1 League season is only three weeks old, but there is just one perfect team remaining - Vissel Kobe.

Let’s see how the Ushi made it nine points from three matches, and where the other previously perfect clubs faltered, as well as all the other action from Matchweek 3:

Vissel Kobe 4, Gamba Osaka 0

Yuya Osako scored after just three minutes, Gotaku Sakai scored a pair and Yoshinori Muto added one of his own in a spectacular performance for the Ushi that not just earned them Kansasi Derby bragging rights, but put them all alone atop the table.

Yokohama F·Marinos 1, Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1

Shunki Higashi started the Viola off right with a fourth minute tally, but Marinos answered back through Anderson Lopes and a while a late red card to Katsuya Nagata gave Sanfrecce life, the two teams had to settle for a draw that ended the Tricolor’s perfect run to start the season.

Yokohama FC 1, Kashima Antlers 3

Kashima put on their passing boots as they played beautiful football en route to a comfortable away win led by Tomoya Fujii’s early goal that has them third in the table on six points.

Avispa Fukuoka 1, Kashiwa Reysol 0

An error by Masato Sasaki gifted Lukian an 87th minute goal that made all the difference as Avispa made it six points from three matches.

Sagan Tosu 1, Nagoya Grampus 0

Yoichi Naganuma’s tally in the 83rd minute off a short corner routine made him the first player to score on Nagoya this season as Sagan ended Grampus' perfect record to start the campaign.

Kawasaki Frontale 1, Shonan Bellmare 1

Frontale’s difficult start to the season continued as they needed a late Yusuke Segawa equalizer to manage a home point, while Bellmare are riding high with an undefeated mark after three matches.

Albirex Niigata 2, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 2

A wildly entertaining 90 minutes saw Consa score first, Albi answer with two of their own, then the visitors equalize late, with a series of terrific saves by both goalkeepers throughout. It was a fabulous match and one both will be happy with, as newly promoted Albi stayed unbeaten on the season, while Sapporo got a valuable away point.

Kyoto Sanga 2, F.C.Tokyo 0

Sota Kawasaki’s 75th minute header and Patric’s stoppage time penalty kick fired Sanga to their first points of 2023.

Urawa Reds 2, Cerezo Osaka 1

An own goal sent Urawa into the break down a goal, but they battled back in their first home match of the season thanks to Alexander Scholz’s spot kick and Kaito Yasui’s blast from 18 yards to take their first win of the campaign.

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