Kubo debuts for Tokyo in Levain Cup

Kubo debuts for Tokyo in Levain Cup

FC Tokyo rediscovered their winning ways on Wednesday in the fourth round of the 2017 J.League YBC Levain Cup Group Stage with a 1-0 win against Consadole Sapporo.

While home fans were ecstatic to see Kensuke Nagai score the eventual game-winner in the 31st minute, the story of the day was 15-year-old Takefusa Kubo’s first-team debut, the youngster coming on midway through the second half. The loss was the first for Consadole in the tournament.

Vegalta Sendai rose to the top of Group A through goals from Under-21 players Takumi Sasaki and Takuma Nishimura in their 2-1 win at Omiya Ardija, who made it close with Nej Pecnik’s second half effort.

Jubilo Iwata climbed to fourth place with a late come-from-behind victory at Kashiwa Reysol, as Japan Under-20 national team call-up Koki Ogawa netted his fourth goal of the tournament with the game-winner.

In Group B, Vissel Kobe won their third straight against Sagan Tosu to retain first place, while Yokohama F. Marinos and Cerezo Osaka found 1-0 away wins at Ventforet Kofu and Sanfrecce Hiroshima respectively.

The fifth round of the Group Stage takes place on Wednesday, May 10.