J1 Matchweek 6 Recap: Frontale fall, challengers emerge

J1 Matchweek 6 Recap: Frontale fall, challengers emerge

Kawasaki Frontale 1, Cerezo Osaka 4

Takashi Inui scored Cerezo’s first two, then Hiroto Yamada their next two as the Sakura dominated in transition to thrash first place Frontale.

Yokohama F·Marinos 2, F.C.Tokyo 1

Takuma Nishimura won an aerial battle for Marinos’ first goal, only to have Shuto Abe answer, but Anderson Lopes’ goal early in the second half held up as Marinos moved within one point of first place.

Kashima Antlers 2, Shimizu S-Pulse 1

Ayase Ueda’s stoppage time winner fired Kashima to their fourth consecutive victory to put them just one point out of first place with two matches in hand.

Kashiwa Reysol 2, Júbilo Iwata 0

Matheus Sávio and Sachiro Toshima scored on each side of halftime as Reysol continued their hot start to stay in the top five of the table.

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 1, Urawa Reds 1

A 77th-minute red card threatened Consa’s draw streak, but they hung on to split the points and make it six draws from six matches to start the season.

Avispa Fukuoka 0, Sagan Tosu 0

Shun Nakamura had a goal disallowed by VAR and allowed Avipsa to walk away with a point.

Vissel Kobe 1, Kyoto Sanga 3

The first Hanshin Derby in 12 years went to Sanga, who scored three times in the last 35 minutes to continue Vissel’s difficult start to the campaign.

Gamba Osaka 3, Nagoya Grampus 1

Patric and Keisuke Kurokawa scored on either side of a Nagoya own goal so by the time Grampus put one in the correct net late on, Gamba were already well on their way to victory.

Shonan Bellmare 0, Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1

Makoto Mitsuta’s goal on the hour mark was all Sanfrecce needed to notch their first victory of the 2022 season.