J1 Matchweek 4 Recap: Frontale back on top but challengers lurking

J1 Matchweek 4 Recap: Frontale back on top but challengers lurking

Vissel Kobe 0, Kashima Antlers 2

Kento Misao put Kashima in front when he won a fight for a header between two defenders then a Yuma Suzuki rocket wrapped up an impressive win in Kobe to put them on nine points from four matches to start the season.

Júbilo Iwata 1, Gamba Osaka 1

Kotaro Omori’s early goal had it looking like a Júbilo win, but Leandro Pereira scored in the 88th minute to wrestle a point back for Gamba in Iwata.

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 1, Yokohama F·Marinos 1

Consa took a 69th minute lead as Daiki Suga scored in his third straight match in all competitions, but Yuki Saneto’s spectacular stoppage time bicycle kick stole a point for Marinos to put them two points out of first place.

Shimizu S-Pulse 1, Cerezo Osaka 3

S-Pulse conceded an own goal just after halftime, but responded with a Daigo Takahashi strike to level things. It looked like it’d be a tight match from there, but Cerezo turned it on, getting goals from Hiroaki Okuno and Satoki Uejo to run away with a comfortable victory.

Shonan Bellmare 1, Kyoto Sanga 1

Peter Utaka’s third goal of the season gave Sanga a lead, but Shuto Machino equalized and a red card saw the visitors go down to 10 men. Sanga held on, though, walking away with an all-important point as they make it three results from four matches in their return to the top flight.

F.C.Tokyo 2, Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1

Masato Morishige and Adaílton scored just two minutes apart, giving F.C.Tokyo a two-goal lead that would hold up even after Shun Ayukawa gave Sanfrecce a chance late.

Kashiwa Reysol 1, Avispa Fukuoka 0

Reysol got back to their winning ways thanks to Matheus Sávio’s fantastic finish for the game’s lone goal, putting the Gold and Black on nine points from four matches in a great start to the campaign.

Kawasaki Frontale 1, Nagoya Grampus 0

Nagoya’s outstanding defense mostly held up against the high powered Frontale attack, but a beautiful pass from Chanathip Songkrasin, helped by a Leandro Damião dummy, set up a Marcinho goal that delivered the champions all three points and put them back on top of the table.

Sagan Tosu 1, Urawa Reds 0

Sagan started the season with three straight draws as they racked up some points, but they were desperate for a win when they welcomed Urawa to Tosu. Yuki Kakita ensured they’d get just that, scoring on a fabulous header in the 71st minute to earn Sagan their first win of the campaign.