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Top J2 sides draw in dramatic Saturday action

Top J2 sides draw in dramatic Saturday action

The 31st round of the MEIJI YASUDA J2 League opened on Saturday with 10 out of 11 matches taking place.

Despite taking a 2-0 lead against visiting Yokohama FC, leaders Shonan Bellmare were forced to settle for a draw when 2011 J1 League MVP Leandro Domingues capped off a stunning comeback with his dramatic equalizes in the fifth minute of stoppage time for a 2-2 final score.

Second-placed Avispa Fukuoka also gave up a 2-2 lead after Koji Yamasa’s double was negated in the last eight minutes of the match by Kamatamare Sanuki’s Ryota Nagata and Daigo Watanabe.

Rounding out the top three is Nagoya Grampus, who fell behind at Mito Hollyhock but salvaged a point thanks to Robin Simovic’s effort in the 53rd minute.

V-Varen Nagasaki won 2-1 at Zweigen Kanazawa, climbing into fourth place above Tokushima Vortis who lost their first in five matches at Matsumoto Yamaga. 

One point behind the Shikoku side are Tokyo Verdy, who drew 2-2 at JEF United Chiba.

At the bottom of the table, woeful Thespa Kusatsu Gunma remain in the hunt for their first league win since late May after falling 1-0 at Oita Trinita, with Jun Suzuki scoring the lone goal of the match in the 28th minute.

The round will wrap up on Sunday evening when FC Gifu host Ehime FC.

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