Table leader Kawasaki Frontale come from behind, Yokohama F.Marinos score four to secure Yokohama derby

Table leader Kawasaki Frontale come from behind, Yokohama F.Marinos score four to secure Yokohama derby

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 6 took place on July 22, and Kawasaki Frontale extended their winning streak to five matches by defeating Vegalta Sendai.

Kawasaki had a difficult start as home side Sendai took a two-goal lead in the first half, but Yu Kobayashi and Miki Yamane found the net in the 58th and 59th minute to quickly level the score. Kobayashi scored again in the 68th minute to complete the comeback, and Frontale remained at the top of the table thanks to the 3-2 win. FC Tokyo drew 1-1 with Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo away from home as Sei Muroya grabbed an equalizer in the 88th minute to cancel out the goal Sapporo had scored in the first half.

Nagoya Grampus traveled to Oita Trinita and opened their account with Yutaka Yoshida’s goal in the 31st minute. Yuichi Maruyama and Takuji Yonemoto extended the lead in the 48th and 73rd minute to help the team secure a comfortable 3-0 win. With three consecutive wins, Nagoya jumped up to the second place. The clash between Cerezo Osaka and Vissel Kobe ended in a goalless draw.

The Yokohama derby between Yokohama F.Marinos and Yokohama FC featured four goals, all scored by the defending champions. After breaking the deadlock with an own goal in the 31st minute, Marcos Junior and his teammates added three more in the second half. Gamba Osaka defeated Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0, well defending the sole goal scored by Genta Miura right before half time. Kashiwa Reysol topped Urawa Reds 4-0, thanks to goals by Richardson, Olunga, Hayato Nakama and Yuta Kamiya.

Shonan Bellmare claimed their first win of the season by beating Kashima Antlers 1-0 at home, as Naoki Ishihara scored the winner in the 66th minute. Sagan Tosu and Shimizu S-Pulse also tried to seize their first three points of 2020. Away side Shimizu took the lead in the 19th minute with Carlinhos Junior’s header, but Riki Harakawa equalized for Tosu in the 35th. They both failed to add another goal in the second half and had to be content with a point each.