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.