J.League Classic Match: #1 Shizuoka Derbys for the Championship

J.League Classic Match: #1 Shizuoka Derbys for the Championship

In 1999 when the J1 League season was divided into 2 Stages, the 1st Stage winners Júbilo Iwata and the 2nd Stage winners Shimizu S-Pulse met in the Championship final to decide the overall winners of the J1 League.

Iwata took the lead in the first leg at home when Masashi Nakayama scored in the 30th minute. 4 minutes later, Shimizu equalized through Masaaki Sawanobori’s powerful left-footed shot. No other goal was scored in the rest of the 90 minutes, and the game went into extra-time. In the 98th minute, Iwata won a penalty off a handball by a Shimizu defender. Nakayama scored the golden goal winner from the spot to lead Iwata to a 2-1 first-leg victory in the first leg of the final. 

Júbilo got one step closer to the title when they took the lead in the second leg in Shimizu, and things got worse for the home side when Alex was sent off in the 35th minute. However, Sawanobori stepped up again, and scored a wonderful free-kick in the 37th minute, to bring back hope for S-Pulse.

The game entered extra-time again, and Shimizu claimed the victory when substitute Fabinho scored the golden goal in the 99th minute with a right-footed volley.

A 3-3 tie after the two golden goals meant that the champions were to be decided on penalties, and it was Iwata’s goalkeeper Yushi Ozaki who became the hero by saving a shot by Shimizu’s second taker Santos. While Iwata’s four penalty kickers all found the net, Shimizu’s fourth kicker Fabinho as well missed the target. 

Iwata won the J1 League for the second time in their history, topping their local rival in Shizuoka.