Unstoppable Kawasaki Frontale achieve fifth consecutive victory! Kashima Antlers top second-place Cerezo Osaka.

Unstoppable Kawasaki Frontale achieve fifth consecutive victory! Kashima Antlers top second-place Cerezo Osaka.

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 17 took place over the 19th and 20th of September, with table leaders Kawasaki defeating Urawa Reds and dashing toward the title.

Kawasaki Frontale traveled to Urawa, and the visitors took the lead through a goal from Miki Yamane in the 37th minute. Ace Yu Kobayashi extended the lead in the 50th minute, and Leandro Damião made it 3-0 just before the end of the game. The table leaders now count 47 points and opened an 8-point gap over second-place Cerezo Osaka.

FC Tokyo, who hosted Vegalta Sendai, managed to take the lead with Hirotaka Mita in the 13th minute, and that proved to be enough for a 1-0 victory, their first in three games. Oita Trinita met Yokohama FC at home and them as well won 1-0, thanks to Tatsuya Tanaka's goal in the 38th minute. It was their third consecutive victory and the  Kyushu team moved up into 11th place.

Cerezo Osaka hosted Kashima Antlers, and Juan Alano gave the lead to the visitors in the 32nd minute. Kashima then conceded an equalizer, but Everaldo found the winning goal and led the team to a 2-1 win. With six consecutive victories, Antlers are in fifth place. Cerezo Osaka’s winning streak ended at six.

Nagoya Grampus hosted Vissel Kobe. The home team conceded the lead in the 15th minute, but they pulled one back, courtesy of Mu Kanazaki's penalty in the 42nd minute. With another goal from the eleven meters in the 56th, Kanazaki led his team to a 2-1 victory. Sanfrecce Hiroshima traveled to Kashiwa Reysol. The purple archers scored the opening goal early in the game, but conceded an equalizer, scored by Kengo Kitazume before the end of the first half. The match ended up in a 1-1 draw.

Yokohama F.Marinos played away against Sagan Tosu. The visitors took the lead through a goal from a Brazilian Erik in the 1st minute of the game and another carioca, Junior Santos, extended the lead to 2-0. Although they let one one in, striker Marcos Júnior —yet another Brazilian!— found the net and made it 3-1. It was F.Marinos’ second consecutive victory.

Gamba Osaka traveled to Hokkaido to meet Consadole Sapporo. Veteran Kazuma Watanabe found the net in the 78th minute and led Gamba to an important 1-0 away victory that stopped Gamba’s losing streak at two. Finally, Shimizu S-Pulse defeated Shonan Bellmare 3-0 with goals from Carlinhos Júnio, Júnior Dutra and Kenta Nishizawa. Their victory stopped their series of defeats at seven, marked their 400th J1 wins and helped to move away from the bottom of the table.