Shonan Bellmare outrun Kashima Antlers in Saturday upset, reveals Live Tracking system

Shonan Bellmare ran the most during their 2-1 away victory over Kashima Antlers, according to data from the J.League.

The top flight’s Live Tracking system has released a set of statistics from the first matchday of the new season.

Bellmare covered 127.71km as a team at Kashima Soccer Stadium on Saturday and it paid off as the minnows outran and outplayed their hosts to notch their first win this season.

The Antlers actually took second place in the standings for distance covered at 123.05km, but fans will be particularly anxious over a perceived lack of spine in the giants.

Gamba Osaka collectively covered just 106.23km this weekend and fell to Sagan Tosu as a result, allowing early pacesetters Urawa Reds to race into a five-point lead over them.

Shonan Bellmare forward Kaoru Takayama put in an impressive shift for his side, running 13.67km, while Vegalta Sendai’s Hidetaka Kanazono and Takayama’s team-mate Daisuke Kikuchi came in second and third respectively.

The player who sprinted the most at speeds above 24km per hour was Vissel Kobe midfielder Keijiro Ogawa, while the team that sprinted most collectively was Albirex Niigata, at 244.

The J.League’s Live Tracking system can be accessed from its official website.