J1 Matchweek 9 Recap: Sanga make statement, Bellmare break through

J1 Matchweek 9 Recap: Sanga make statement, Bellmare break through

The four Meiji Yasuda J1 League teams participating in the AFC Champions League were off this weekend, but there was still plenty of action around the top flight.

Kashima Antlers 0, Nagoya Grampus 0

Nagoya had the chances in the first half and Kashima had them in the second half, but neither team could break through as Antlers failed to go top of the table.

Kashiwa Reysol 0, Kyoto Sanga 2

Reysol had a chance to go into second place, but Takuya Ogiwara scored first, then Peter Utaka notched his league-leading seventh goal of the season to secure a big win for Sanga that puts them up to fifth place.

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 0, F.C.Tokyo 0

Consa made it four straight home draws as they held F.C.Tokyo to a goalless stalemate.

Gamba Osaka 0, Shonan Bellmare 1

It took until the 90th minute of their ninth game, but Shuto Yamamoto’s last minute header handed Shonan their first win of 2022 in dramatic fashion.

Avispa Fukuoka 0, Cerezo Osaka 0

Masaaki Murakami was spectacular in goal as he denied Cerezo time and time again to earn Avispa a point.

Júbilo Iwata 2, Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2

Yuto Suzuki scored his fifth goal of the season, and after Sanfrecce stormed back to take a 2-1 lead, Júbilo answered through Fabián González in the 89th minute to lock in a home point.

Sagan Tosu 0, Shimizu S-Pulse 0

Both teams had their chances, but nobody could break through as Sagan made it eight point-scoring results from nine matches to start the season.

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