J1 Matchweek 30 Recap: Frontale, Marinos held to draws in tight title fight

J1 Matchweek 30 Recap: Frontale, Marinos held to draws in tight title fight

This matchweek in the Meiji Yasuda J1 League had it all — great goals, surprise results, and history made at the Japan National Stadium. Let’s catch up on all the action!

Yokohama F·Marinos 0, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 0

The Consadole defense rose to the occasion with a great showing against the league’s highest scoring team to split the points and ensure Marinos’ lead atop the table would remain at five points.

Kashiwa Reysol 1, Kawasaki Frontale 1

Yu Kobayashi gave Frontale the lead, but their title hopes took a hit when Douglas equalized for Reysol and limited the defending champions to just one point.

Nagoya Grampus 0, Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0

The Viola faced a tough test against an in-form Nagoya side and the match played out exactly as many expected - a hard fought, even game.

Júbilo Iwata 2, Cerezo Osaka 2

The Sakura jumped out to a 2-0 lead and looked well on their way to victory, but Júbilo fought back and got a goal from Shota Kaneko before an own goal brought them level for a crucial point in their relegation fight.

Sagan Tosu 1, Kashima Antlers 1

Taisei Miyashiro scored a gorgeous goal to open the match, but Arthur Caike’s equalizer brought Kashima level and earned them a point in Tosu.

F.C.Tokyo 2, Kyoto Sanga 0

In front of a large crowd at the Japan National Stadium, the capital club put in a total performance, holding strong at the back while Leandro scored before halftime and Adaílton after halftime to secure a well deserved three points. 36-year-old referee Yoshimi Yamashita also became the first female referee to officiate a J1 League match!

Shonan Bellmare 0, Urawa Reds 0

Urawa had the bulk of possession, but Shonan were dangerous on the counter as both teams had chances to take full points only for the match to finish in a scoreless draw.

Avispa Fukuoka 3, Shimizu S-Pulse 2

A brace by Yuya Yamagishi led Avispa to their first win in nine matches and a gigantic three points in their effort to avoid the drop.

Vissel Kobe 2, Gamba Osaka 1

What a game. Gamba scored first, but Yuya Osako equalized in the 83rd minute before scoring the winner three minutes into stoppage time to hand the Ushi the win in a massive relegation six-pointer that lifted Vissel above the drop zone.