Yokohama FC held on to first place in the MEIJI YASUDA J2 League following Wednesday’s Round 11 action, which saw attendance boosted by the Golden Week holiday period.
Goals by Shogo Nishikawa, Ibba, Takuya Nagata, and Tetsuya Okubo propelled the Mitsuzawa Stadium residents to a 4-0 win over Ehime FC, marking their third straight victory.
Shunsuke Kikuchi’s effort before half-time was enough to put Shonan Bellmare over the top against Renofa Yamaguchi with a 1-0 win, propelling the seaside club to second place.
Kyoto Sanga defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka was unable to extend his scoring streak to four matches as his team earned a 1-1 draw at Nagoya Grampus. Swedish striker Robin Simovic spared the hosts blushes with a stoppage time equaliser.
Tokyo Verdy fought back from a 0-1 deficit to win 2-1 against Zweigen Kanazawa, with Akira Ibayashi making it 1-1 in the 78th minute and Alan Pinheiro scoring the winner just five minutes later.
FC Gifu’s impressive form continued with their third straight win, extending their unbeaten streak to six matches. Their rise to eighth place came at the expense of Thespa Kusatsu Gunma, who after 11 rounds are the only J2 club without a victory.