Leaders Consadole salvage draw

Leaders Consadole salvage draw

Current 2016 MEIJI YASUDA J2 League leaders Consadole Sapporo fought back from a 2-0 deficit to draw 2-2 against JEF United Chiba on Saturday in the league’s 16th round.

Yamato Machida and Shohei Abe gave the visitors a two-goal lead after just 20 minutes, but Yoshihiro Uchimura and Reis put in fantastic efforts to leave the teams at honours even.

Second-place Machida Zelvia drew closer to the top of the table win a 1-0 win against Tokushima Vortis, with Koji Suzuki’s goal just before halftime the difference maker. 

Zelda are familiar with narrow results this season; five of their nine wins have been decided by 1-0 results.

Cerezo Osaka took an early lead in their encounter with Kamatamare Sanuki thanks to captain Yoichiro Kakitani’s 10th-minute goal. 

But a Sanuki fightback late in the second half, culminating in a stunning counterattack goal by Hironori Nishi, gave the visitors a memorable 3-2 upset at Yanmar Stadium.