J1 Matchweek 33 recap: Vissel win title, Yokohama FC look set for drop

J1 Matchweek 33 recap: Vissel win title, Yokohama FC look set for drop

The penultimate week of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League season brought monumental results up and down the table. Vissel Kobe clinched the title, while Yokohama FC were just about locked into relegation. Let’s check in on those results and the rest from Matchweek 33:

Vissel Kobe 2, Nagoya Grampus 1

Goals by Haruya Ide and Yoshinori Muto, both assisted by Yuya Osako, fired Vissel to a win that clinched the very first title in club history and set off celebrations all over Kobe.

Yokohama F·Marinos 0, Albirex Niigata 0

The Tricolor needed a win to keep their bid for a second consecutive title alive, but they were held by Niigata and will have to settle for a second place finish.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3, Gamba Osaka 0

Makoto Mitsuta and Shuto Nakano scored two minutes apart to send the Viola rolling before Mutsuki Kato hit a long range missile to wrap up a victory that has Sanfrecce up to third in the table.

Urawa Reds 2, Avispa Fukuoka 3

Avispa got the better of Urawa again in this J.League YBC Levain Cup final rematch, riding a brace from Kazuya Konno to a victory that has them up to fifth place.

Kawasaki Frontale 3, Kashima Antlers 0

Leandro Damião was deadly in front of goal, scoring twice as Frontale cruised to a dominant win in their final home match of the season.

Cerezo Osaka 0, Kyoto Sanga 1

Taichi Hara finished a beautiful Sanga move for the lone goal of the match as Kyoto took full points in Osaka.

F.C.Tokyo 1, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 3

FCT scored first, but it was all Consadole from that point on and they capped their wonderful away victory with Shingo Omori’s goal from nearly half-field.

Kashiwa Reysol 2, Sagan Tosu 2

Reysol battled for a hard fought draw, which pushed them three points clear of Yokohama FC at the bottom of the table and, thanks to their +12 advantage in goal difference, all but assures them of avoiding the drop.

Yokohama FC 0, Shonan Bellmare 1

Kazuki Oiwa scored the lone goal as Bellmare guaranteed themselves another season in the top flight and just about condemned the Fulie to relegation.