Vissel win fourth straight YBC Levain Cup game

Vissel win fourth straight YBC Levain Cup game

The J.League YBC Levain Cup Group Stage continued on Wednesday with six matches taking across the two groups.

Group A leaders Vegalta Sendai fell behind in the 13th minute against Kashiwa Reysol, but were saved by Crislan’s stunning equaliser in the 94th minute to salvage a 1-1 draw.

FC Tokyo rose to second place after coming out on top in a wild 4-3 win over Omiya Ardija. The match featured a ‘J1’ return for previously-injured midfielder Takuji Yonemoto and a cameo by 15-year-old Takefusa Kubo, in what will likely be the youngster’s last J.League appearance before the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Boosted by Adailton’s brace, Jubilo Iwata claimed Shizuoka Derby bragging rights and third place with a 4-2 win at Shimizu S-Pulse.

Vissel Kobe held on to the Group B lead with their fourth straight win, this time a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Ventforet Kofu. 

Junya Tanaka scored the game-winner for Vissel, while Ventforet defender Yukio Tsuchiya became the oldest goalscorer in tournament history at 42 years, nine months, and 10 days.

Elsewhere, Yusuke Maruhashi’s goal gave Cerezo Osaka a late 1-0 win over Albirex Niigata, with Sanfrecce Hiroshima earning an identical result against Sagan Tosu after Felipe Silva’s effort.

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