J1 Matchweek 8 recap: Goals abound as every match produces fireworks

J1 Matchweek 8 recap: Goals abound as every match produces fireworks

Goals? The Meiji Yasuda J1 League had plenty of goals in Matchweek 8.

The nine matches had a combined 32 goals and every contest featured at least two goals in a Saturday filled with fireworks. Let’s dive into all the action:

Kashima Antlers 1, Vissel Kobe 5

The Ushi ran riot as Yuya Osako and Yoshinori Muto continued their outstanding seasons with a pair of goals each and Daiju Sasaki added one of his own to win on a rainy day in Kashima.

Kawasaki Frontale 1, Nagoya Grampus 2

Nagoya remain just two points back of Vissel at the top of the table thanks to Kasper Junker’s opening goal and Mateus’ outstanding free kick that led them past Frontale,.

Yokohama FC 0, Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3

The Viola made it five straight wins as Douglas Vieira scored his fourth goal in three matches, Shunki Higashi added another and an own goal ensured they’d remain level on points with second place Nagoya.

Urawa Reds 4, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 1

Both sides were victims of red cards, but Urawa weathered it best as they took a lead through Alexander Scholz in the 68th minute and then added three goals from the 83rd minute on to extend their unbeaten streak to six matches.

Shonan Bellmare 1, Yokohama F Marinos 1

Anderson Lopes’ fifth goal of the season put Marinos in front, but Akito Suzuki answered for Bellmare as the two teams split the points in the Hiratsuka rain.

Albirex Niigata 3, Avispa Fukuoka 2

Avi took a two-goal lead, but then Ryotaro Ito took over, scoring a gorgeous free kick then adding two more goals in stoppage time to single-handedly bring his team from behind for an electric victory.

Kyoto Sanga 2, Gamba Osaka 1

Hideki Ishige scored a sensational half-volley from distance, but Yuta Toyokawa and Patric found the back of the net for Sanga to give the home side all three points in the Kansai Derby.

F.C.Tokyo 1, Cerezo Osaka 2

Hiroaki Okuno opened the scoring for Cerezo, only for Ryoma Watanabe to equalize on a smart finish, but Okuno scored again six minutes from time to hand the Sakura full points in the capital.

Sagan Tosu 1, Kashiwa Reysol 1

Yoichi Naganuma’s outstanding curler from 25 yards put Sagan in front, but a beautiful move by Reysol finished with Matheus Sávio banging home a rebound to share the points in Tosu.