J1 Matchweek 4 recap: Vissel’s perfect run ends, Nagoya joins Ushi atop table

J1 Matchweek 4 recap: Vissel’s perfect run ends, Nagoya joins Ushi atop table

There are no perfect teams left in the Meiji Yasuda J1 League after Vissel suffered their first defeat of the season. Check in on that and all the other action from Matchweek 4:

Vissel Kobe 0, Urawa Reds 1

A gorgeous long ball was expertly nodded down for an onrushing Atsuki Ito, who blasted the ball home with his first touch to end Vissel’s perfect start to the season and deliver Urawa three impressive away points.

Kashiwa Reysol 0, Nagoya Grampus 3

Kasper Junker continued his bright start with Nagoya, scoring first, before Kensuke Nagai added a second and an own goal wrapped up a dominant win in Kashiwa that put Grampus on nine points and tied with Vissel atop the table.

Albirex Niigata 1, Kawasaki Frontale 0

Albi are still unbeaten and now in third place thanks to a blast from Ryotaro Ito that fired the newly promoted side to a very impressive win over Frontale, who have just four points from four games for their worst start since 2019.

Kashima Antlers 0, Avispa Fukuoka 0

A 53rd minute red card to Kaishu Sano put Kashima on the back foot, but they were able to hold on and earn a point from a tough Fukuoka side.

F.C.Tokyo 3, Yokohama FC 1

Diego Oliveira had a stupendous match, scoring twice, while Teruhito Nakagawa added one of his own as FCT cruised past a Fulie side still chasing their first win of the season.

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 2, Yokohama F·Marinos 0

Tsuyoshi Ogashiwa started Consa off with an eighth minute goal and Yuki Kobayashi capitalized on a Marinos mistake to put a bow on their first win of the season.

Shonan Bellmare 0, Kyoto Sanga 2

An uneventful first half gave way to a fabulous second half, with goals by Kosuke Kinoshita and Fuki Yamada pushing Sanga to all three points in Hiratsuka.

Gamba Osaka 1, Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2

Nassim Ben Khalifa’s second minute opener was answered by Takashi Usami, but Ben Khalifa drew a stoppage time penalty kick, which Makoto Mitsuta buried, to earn the Viola all three points.

Cerezo Osaka 2, Sagan Tosu 1

Shinji Kagawa got his first start back in Osaka and responded with his first Cerezo goal in 12 years, then Mutsuki Kato added a second goal to put the Sakura far enough in front to withstand Fuchi Honda’s late tally and pick up their first win of 2023.