Top six retain their positions as J2 resumes

Top six retain their positions as J2 resumes

The 2016 MEIJI YASUDA J2 League resumed on Saturday after breaking for the opening rounds of the Emperor’s Cup.

A pair of goals from Ken Tokura helped Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo get past Thespa Kusatsu Gunma with a 3-1 win at the team’s alternate home ground of Atsubetsu Stadium.

Second place Matsumoto Yamaga, currently nine points behind Consadole, kept ahead of the playoff chase with a 2-0 win against Kyoto Sanga thanks to goals by Paulinho and Kohei Kudo.

Captain Genki Omae made his post-injury return for Shimizu S-Pulse following his rib fractures in June, scoring the final goal in their 3-1 win against Montedio Yamagata.

Yokohama FC only managed a 1-1 draw at Machida Zelvia, but rose to seventh place on goal difference thanks to Renofa Yamaguchi’s 1-0 loss at Fagiano Okayama. 

Both teams are seven points behind Sanga for the last J1 League Promotion Playoff spot.

The J2’s next round will take place on Sunday, September 18.