Monday 31 October 2011

Osako the hero as Antlers clinch Nabisco glory in extra time



Kashima Antlers collected the first major silverware of the Japanese season with a 1-0 victory over relegation-battling Urawa Reds in the final of the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup.

With both sides reduced to ten men during a goalless 90 minutes, Yuya Osako finally broke the deadlock late in the first period of extra time to seal a sixth trophy in five years for a generally superior Kashima outfit.

After a cagey first half, the match suddenly turned at the start of the second when Urawa midfielder Naoki Yamada was dismissed for two quick-fire offences. Though perhaps unfortunate to receive a yellow card for his initial challenge on Toru Araiba, the 21-year-old left referee Minoru Tojo with little option after a foolish late lunge on Takeshi Aoki just three minutes later.

Oswaldo de Oliveira’s side quickly took advantage to stamp their impression on the final, introducing a third forward in Yuzo Tashiro and placing the Urawa defence under relentless pressure with a succession of chances. Takuya Nozawa was a constant menace – denied twice by desperate blocks from defender Mizuki Hamada and goalkeeper Nobuhiro Kato, and crossing in a teasing free-kick only for Osako to head narrowly wide.

Numerical parity was restored after 80 minutes when Antlers defender Aoki picked up his second booking for an innocuous-looking challenge on Genki Haraguchi. But the red card had little impact on the overall dynamic, with Kashima continuing to force the Reds back line deep into their own half as the game entered extra time.

They finally got their reward with a move of real attacking quality in the 105th minute. Tashiro chested down and skilfully returned the ball to Shinzo Koroki, who had continued his run into the left-hand side of the penalty area. The occasional Japan forward then rolled a perfect low cross along the Urawa six-yard line for an unmarked Osako to slot home at the far post.

The Reds had no answer, and Kashima’s victory could even have been more emphatic as both Gaku Shibasaki and Koji Nakata struck the crossbar in the second extra period.

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This latest title is a record fourth for Kashima in the 20-year history of the competition and comes in a season during which the club was forced to suspend all activities for two weeks in the wake of the 11 March earthquake and tsunami.

The fact was not lost on captain Mitsuo Ogasawara, scorer of the only goal when Antlers beat Urawa by the same scoreline to lift the cup back in 2002.

He commented, “Having suffered the earthquake earlier this year, we wanted to show everybody back home that we could succeed. I think this victory is extremely meaningful.”

Manager De Oliveira, who remains in negotiations to extend his trophy-laden reign beyond the end of this season, added: “We have been through an awful lot this year. I am sure it has been highly stressful for the players. But the players were the ones who came through and won it for us today.”


TALKING POINTS
- FC Tokyo remain four points clear at the head of J2 with five games to play despite only drawing 1-1 in the capital city derby with Tokyo Verdy. Second-placed Sagan Tosu surprisingly dropped two points in a thrilling 4-4 draw away to bottom-of-the-table FC Gifu.
- Consadole Sapporo held onto the third and final promotion spot with a 3-0 win at home to Roasso Kumamoto, but Tokushima Vortis are still just a point behind after earning a crucial 1-0 victory away to fifth-placed JEF United Chiba.
- K-League side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors will host Al-Sadd of Qatar in the AFC Champions League final next Saturday after both came through their semi-finals in midweek. The South Koreans eliminated Cerezo Osaka at the last eight stage.


Yamazaki Nabisco Cup final result
Urawa Reds 0-1 Kashima Antlers (after extra time)


AFC Champions League semi-final first leg results
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR) 2-1 Al-Ittihad (KSA)
Jeonbuk win 5-3 on aggregate

Al-Sadd (QAT) 0-1 Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Al-Sadd win 2-1 on aggregate


This article is based on a match report written by Ben Mabley for Goal.com on Saturday.

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Monday 24 October 2011

Reysol come from behind to demonstrate title quality



J1 leaders Kashiwa Reysol made a clear statement of intent in their bid to win the title just a year after promotion, as they came from behind to win 3-1 away to Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

After a goalless first half, former Reysol striker Tadanari Lee looked to have pushed his former club off track with a terrific opener for Sanfrecce twelve minutes into the second – twisting away from his marker before lofting the ball over goalkeeper Takanori Sugeno from almost 30 yards.

But the visitors remained calm and underlined their championship credentials with a valiant late fightback. Brazilian wide man Jorge Wagner equalised with a first-time, left-footed volley, before crossing for evergreen forward Hideaki Kitajima to beat Japan custodian Shusaku Nishikawa via a clever back-header on 82 minutes.

Kitajima sealed three vital points for Kashiwa five minutes later; reacting quickest to net the rebound after Nishikawa had failed to hold onto a free kick effort from Wagner.

Second-placed Gamba Osaka remain two points off the lead despite an easy 5-0 romp at Montedio Yamagata. Takahiro Futagawa got the 2005 champions off the mark on the half hour, before Lee Keun-Ho danced through the home side’s defence to double the advantage via a 1-2 with strike partner Rafinha.

The South Korean international then sent in a low cross for young left-back Hiroki Fujiharu to celebrate his first goal in professional football, while further strikes from Rafinha and substitute Shota Kawanishi took free-scoring Gamba’s seasonal goal tally to 71 from 30 games.

The result means that Yamagata will have to win all four of their remaining matches to have any hope of survival.

Reigning champions Nagoya Grampus edged a topsy-turvy battle at Omiya Ardija by 3-2 to stay just a point behind Gamba in third. Two goals in two second-half minutes from Keigo Higashi and Rafael gave the Squirrels a sudden 2-1 lead after Grampus had led through Marcus Tulio Tanaka’s third-minute opener, but Keiji Tamada found space in a crowded penalty area to level the scores again and set up a dramatic finale.

With just six minutes remaining, Yuki Fukaya foolishly held back Nagoya striker Joshua Kennedy in the penalty area, and the Australian dusted himself off to fire in his 16th league goal of the season from the spot.

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Avispa Fukuoka saw their inevitable relegation confirmed with a 3-1 reverse at Albirex Niigata on Sunday afternoon. Hopes of a miracle recovery began to fade in only the second minute when midfielder Isao Honma curled in a spectacular opener for Albirex, while a second-half brace from Cho Young-Cheol sealed Avispa’s fate long before Yutaka Takahashi’s late consolation.

In their first season back in the top flight following a four-year absence, the Kyushu club have mustered just 18 points from their 30 games thus far, losing fully 22 of them.

With Yamagata almost certain to join them in J2 next season, the battle is on to escape the final spot in the bottom three, and Urawa Reds took a huge step towards survival by surprisingly winning 2-1 away to title outsiders Yokohama F Marinos.

The Reds, who fell into 16th position last weekend and subsequently fired manager Željko Petrović last Thursday, looked set for another day of struggle as Masashi Oguro put the home side in front just four minutes into the first half.

But Naoki Yamada gained a controversial opportunity to equalise early in the second after he was adjudged to have been felled by Marinos defender Yuzo Kobayashi. The 21-year-old’s penalty was comfortably saved, but Genki Haraguchi was able to steal in and fire home the rebound.

Urawa then sealed a priceless victory just after the hour mark – Tsukasa Umesaki leading a 3-on-2 breakaway from a quick restart and making space to hit a low strike past Hiroki Iikura.

Ventforet Kofu slipped back two points behind the safety line, on 30 points, after a comprehensive 3-0 loss at Shimizu S-Pulse 24 hours later. 14th-placed Omiya have 35 points, while Vissel Kobe slipped to 13th with a 1-1 draw at Kashima Antlers and cannot afford to relax yet on 37.

Elsewhere, Hiroshi Kiyotake returned after a month’s absence to help Cerezo Osaka to a crushing 4-0 away defeat of Jubilo Iwata.


TALKING POINTS
- Cerezo forward Ryuji Bando equalled the J. League record by scoring for the ninth time as a substitute this season. His injury-time strike was also the 100th league goal of his career.
- FC Tokyo maintained their seven-point lead at the top of J2 thanks to a goalless draw away to second-placed Sagan Tosu. Tokushima Vortis moved into the third promotion spot after Consadole Sapporo suffered a shock loss at Gainare Tottori.


J1 results (matchday 30)
Vegalta Sendai 0-0 Kawasaki Frontale
Montedio Yamagata 0-5 Gamba Osaka
Omiya Ardija 2-3 Nagoya Grampus
Yokohama F Marinos 1-2 Urawa Reds
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-3 Kashiwa Reysol
Kashima Antlers 1-1 Vissel Kobe
Shimizu S-Pulse 3-0 Ventforet Kofu
Albirex Niigata 3-1 Avispa Fukuoka
Jubilo Iwata 0-4 Cerezo Osaka


AFC Champions League semi-final first leg results
Suwon Samsung Bluewings (KOR) 0-2 Al-Sadd (QAT)
Al-Ittihad (KSA) 2-3 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR)

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Monday 17 October 2011

Kashiwa leapfrog Gamba into top spot as Urawa drop into bottom three



Reigning J2 champions Kashiwa Reysol returned to the top of J1 with five matches to play following defeat for previous leaders Gamba Osaka at Nagoya Grampus, while Urawa Reds – Japan’s most popular club – slipped into the bottom three with a dramatic derby day loss against Omiya Ardija.

Four points off the pace heading into the weekend, Grampus knew defeat was unthinkable in order to retain realistic hopes of defending their J. League crown. They were gifted the perfect start on 11 minutes when a fluffed clearance by Gamba ’keeper Yosuke Fujigaya allowed Keiji Tamada to steal in and square for Naoshi Nakamura to score the opener.

Gamba fought back to level midway through the first half through Tomokazu Myojin after a darting break from Korean forward Lee Keun-Ho, but their recent history of goalkeeping mishaps in this fixture continued early in the second as Fujigaya allowed a low corner kick from Jungo Fujimoto to curl inside his near post without touching another player.

Nakamura dispossessed Yasuhito Endo to double the home side’s advantage with a dipping effort from 25 yards, before Fujimoto completed a fine team move with his second and Nagoya’s fourth late on.

The 4-1 scoreline was slightly harsh on Gamba but received enthusiastically in Kashiwa, where Reysol knew victory in their match with second-from-bottom Montedio Yamagata 24 hours later would allow them to move into a two-point lead at the top.

Nelsinho Baptista’s men were strangely off par and only managed to register four goal attempts all game, but gained the one opportunity that mattered on 33 minutes when Yamagata defender Hidenori Ishii was controversially adjudged to have impeded Tatsuya Masushima in the penalty area. Jorge Wagner converted from the spot to give Kashiwa an invaluable 1-0 win.

Fourth-placed Yokohama F Marinos fell seven points off the new leaders’ pace as a late strike from Georgian midfielder David Mujiri earned a point at the Nissan Stadium for Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Vegalta Sendai are now just two points further back in fifth after a brace from Toshihiro Matsushita sent them on the way to a 3-0 victory at Avispa Fukuoka – and a club record sixth J1 win on the bounce.

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At the opposite end of the table, Ventforet Kofu put real pressure on the sides above them by opening the weekend with a 4-0 hammering of Cerezo Osaka away at the Kincho Stadium.

Paulinho burst through to give the visitors the lead on just two minutes, before sending in a low cross for man-of-the-moment Mike Havenaar to score the second just before the half-hour mark. The Japan forward of Dutch parentage later matched his brace against Tajikistan last week with Kofu’s third, before substitute Yusuke Inuzuka completed the scoring in second half stoppage time.

This took Ventforet out of the bottom three ahead of the Saitama derby, with Urawa now a point behind the safety line but knowing victory in front of a home crowd of over 34,000 would not only leapfrog them back over Havenaar and company, but also their opponents and neighbours, Omiya.

However, the Reds once again lacked any real potency in attacking areas, and they were made to pay with six minutes remaining when Hayato Hashimoto sent in a cross for Rafael to rise highest and head the visitors into a decisive 1-0 lead.

The result means that Urawa remain on just 29 points from as many games, with Kofu’s perfectly-timed run of form taking them to 30. Omiya now have a six-point safety margin on 35 where they are joined by Albirex Niigata, who eked out a crucial 2-1 win at Kawasaki Frontale despite a second yellow card for the unfortunate Naoya Kikuchi.

Elsewhere, an own goal by Shuto Yamamoto helped Kashima Antlers to a rather lucky 2-1 victory at Jubilo Iwata, while Vissel Kobe drew 1-1 at home to Shimizu S-Pulse.


TALKING POINTS
- Sagan Tosu won 1-0 away to Consadole Sapporo to move above their opponents into second place in J2 on goal difference. Both clubs are, however, still seven points adrift of leaders FC Tokyo, who thumped Fagiano Okayama 3-0.


J1 results (matchday 29)
Cerezo Osaka 0-4 Ventforet Kofu
Jubilo Iwata 1-2 Kashima Antlers
Yokohama F Marinos 1-1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Urawa Reds 0-1 Omiya Ardija
Nagoya Grampus 4-1 Gamba Osaka
Vissel Kobe 1-1 Shimizu S-Pulse
Avispa Fukuoka 0-3 Vegalta Sendai
Kashiwa Reysol 1-0 Montedio Yamagata
Kawasaki Frontale 1-2 Albirex Niigata

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Wednesday 12 October 2011

Japan forget goalscoring troubles with 8-0 annihilation of Tajikistan



Japan stamped their impression on Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in devastating fashion with an 8-0 demolition of Tajikistan at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka yesterday evening.

Mike Havenaar made the headlines with two headed goals on his first start for the Samurai Blue, while there were also braces for both Shinji Okazaki and Shinji Kagawa. Yuichi Komano and Kengo Nakamura also made the scoresheet on a night where the home side dominated from the first whistle, registering 39 shots on goal to their opponents’ one.

The emphatic scoreline stands in stark contrast to Japan’s first two qualifying matches last month, which saw a last-gasp 1-0 win over North Korea followed by a 1-1 draw in Uzbekistan. Alberto Zaccheroni had used last Friday’s friendly with Vietnam in Kobe as an opportunity to retry his 3-4-3 backup formation, but another turgid display resulted only in a 1-0 victory that impressed few observers.

Tadanari Lee, the goalscorer on that occasion, was left out against Tajikistan in favour of 6’ 5” (194cm) forward Havenaar, who served as the lone striker in Japan’s regular 4-2-3-1 system. Nakamura was chosen to play as the central attacking midfielder in the continued absence of Keisuke Honda, while Komano took the place of the injured Atsuto Uchida at right-back.

Aware of the need to score early against opponents that had previously restricted Uzbekistan and North Korea to single-goal wins, Japan began at a high tempo and got off the mark inside just eleven minutes – Havenaar rising tallest to head home an inviting cross from Komano.

Okazaki combined cleverly with Komano and Nakamura to beat Tajikistan goalkeeper and captain Alisher Tuychiev for Japan’s second eight minutes later, before Komano scored himself with the aid of a slight deflection from just outside the penalty area. Kagawa made the score 4-0 just before half-time with a deft, first-time shot off the outside of his right boot from Nakamura’s incisive through ball.

Less than a minute into the second period, Havenaar scored in almost identical fashion to his opener, before being withdrawn for Tadanari Lee soon afterwards to rousing applause. The Japanese pressure was unrelenting, and Nakamura capped a superb all-round performance with a low shot across the goalkeeper for the sixth goal on 55 minutes.

As if to exemplify the hosts’ irresistible control on proceedings, a cross-cum-shot from Kagawa sailed over Tuychiev and into the top corner of the net to push the score up to seven. Nakamura then looped a cross to the opposite side of the six-yard box for Okazaki to head the eighth – and, as it proved – final goal for Japan with a quarter of an hour remaining.

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Speaking to Football Japan after the game, midfielder Yasuhito Endo highlighted Havenaar’s 11th-minute opener as the key to his side’s dominant performance.

“The fact that we scored in the first half made it much easier for us to control the game. If we had got to half-time at 0-0 again, then the match might well have gone quite differently, so I was glad that we scored early on.”

The Gamba Osaka star also described the relentless flow of pressure as being ‘the Japanese way’.

“It is in our nature to keep pushing onwards. I think the desire to score more goals and give a better and better impression of ourselves stems from the hard-working ethic that is typical of the Japanese people. This nature shapes the style of our team.”

Zaccheroni appeared similarly satisfied in his post-match press conference, saying “This team has to continue growing ever further. But, in this sense, I felt we finally achieved both a good result and a good performance in this game. Right from the outset, the players concentrated hard and played well for 90 minutes until the very end.”


TALKING POINTS
- Alexander Geynrikh scored the only goal as Uzbekistan edged North Korea 1-0 in Pyongyang in the other Group C game. Japan now lead the table on goal difference at the halfway mark.
- Kashima Antlers and Urawa Reds will contest the final of the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup on 29 October after successfully coming through both quarter and semi-final matches in the past week. Kashima required extra time to see off both Yokohama F Marinos and Nagoya Grampus, while Urawa accounted for the two Osaka clubs, Cerezo and Gamba.
- Fukuoka University caused the biggest upset of the Emperor’s Cup second round over the weekend by winning away to J1 side Omiya Ardija on penalties. Matsumoto Yamaga of the third-tier JFL were also surprise winners at home to Yokohama FC of J2.


World Cup qualification results (AFC third round)
Group A
Singapore 0-3 Jordan
China 0-1 Iraq

Group B
South Korea 2-1 United Arab Emirates
Lebanon 2-2 Kuwait

Group C
North Korea 0-1 Uzbekistan
Japan 8-0 Tajikistan

Group D
Australia 3-0 Oman
Thailand 0-0 Saudi Arabia

Group E
Indonesia 2-3 Qatar
Iran 6-0 Bahrain


International friendly result
Japan 1
-0 Vietnam


Emperor’s Cup second round results
Nagoya Grampus 6-0 FC Suzuka Rampole
FC Gify 0-1 Giravanz Kitakyushu
Kashiwa Reysol 2-0 Tochigi Uva
Ventforet Kofu 2-1 Machida Zelvia
Yokohama F Marinos 3-1 Kamatamare Sanuki
Tochigi SC 2-1 Honda Lock
Albirex Niigata 5-0 Toyama Shinjo Club
Yokohama FC 0-2 Matsumoto Yamaga
Kashima Antlers 2-0 University of Tsukuba
Kataller Toyama 2-2 Sagan Tosu (after extra time; Toyama won 5-3 on penalties)
Montedio Yamagata 2-0 Blaublitz Akita
Kyoto Sanga 3-0 Sagawa Printing
Kawasaki Frontale 2-1 Arte Takasaki (after extra time)
Oita Trinita 1-0 Tokushima Vortis
Omiya Ardija 1-1 Fukuoka University (after extra time; Fukuoka University won 5-3 on penalties)
Shonan Bellmare 2-1 Fagiano Okayama Next
Gamba Osaka 2-0 Sagawa Shiga
Consadole Sapporo 2-3 Mito HollyHock (after extra time)
FC Tokyo 4-0 FC Kagoshima
Vissel Kobe 8-0 Sanyo Electric Sumoto SC
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4-2 Zweigen Kanazawa
Ehime FC 2-0 FC Ryukyu
Urawa Reds 4-1 Miyazaki Sangyo-Keiei University
Tokyo Verdy 7-1 V-Varen Nagasaki
Cerezo Osaka 6-0 Hokkaido University of Education Iwamizawa Campus
Thespa Kusatsu 0-1 Fagiano Okayama (after extra time)
Vegalta Sendai 2-1 Sony Sendai (after extra time)
Avispa Fukuoka 3-0 Kochi University
Shimizu S-Pulse 2-0 FC Gifu Second
Gainare Tottori 3-0 Roasso Kumamoto
Jubilo Iwata 3-0 Fukushima United
JEF United China 1-0 Dezzola Shimane


Yamazaki Nabisco Cup semi final results
Nagoya Grampus 1-2 Kashima Antlers (after extra time)
Urawa Reds 2-1 Gamba Osaka

Yamazaki Nabisco Cup quarter final results
Kashima Antlers 3-2 Yokohama F Marinos (after extra time)
Nagoya Grampus 5-3 Albirex Niigata (after extra time)
Gamba Osaka 3-1 Jubilo Iwata
Cerezo Osaka 1-2 Urawa Reds

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Monday 03 October 2011

Gamba and Reysol move clear after defeats for Marinos and Grampus



Gamba Osaka and Kashiwa Reysol each edged out narrow 1-0 wins to establish a slight cushion over their fellow title contenders at the head of J1.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their foundation, the Osaka club were able to maintain their single-point advantage at the top with victory over fallen giants and fierce rivals Urawa Reds. Japan midfielder Yasuhito Endo lofted a perfectly-weighted through ball over the visiting defence from just inside his own half for South Korean striker Lee Keun-Ho to slot the game’s only goal past Nobuhiro Kato on 28 minutes.

Despite a tense second half characterised by two wasted chances by Rafinha when sent clean through, the final whistle allowed Gamba to toast their birthday in style with a 300th J. League win and a fourth clean sheet in six – a remarkable record considering they had only kept their opponents out once in the opening 22 matchdays.

Kashiwa, meanwhile, won away at near-namesakes Kashima Antlers to move into a clear second position even though defender Park Dong-Hyuk saw red for a second bookable offence shortly before half time. Nelsinho Baptista’s side were able to hold on throughout the second period to a lead given to them on the half hour mark by Masato Kudo, following skilful passing work on the breakaway by Leandro Domingues and Junya Tanaka.

Nagoya Grampus fell four points behind Gamba in third position after being comprehensively outplayed in a 2-0 loss at resurgent Shimizu S-Pulse. The hosts outshot the reigning champions 23-4 but only took the lead in the 73rd minute when Toshiyuki Takagi’s cross was headed home from a tight angle by Genki Omae. Alex Brosque finally sealed the points late on after a dazzling solo burst from Fredrik Ljungberg.

Yokohama F Marinos saw their recent loss of form prolonged by a 4-2 defeat at struggling Albirex Niigata, who had been winless in seven. Goals from Cho Young-Cheol, Gotoku Sakai, Michael, and Bruno Lopes completed a much welcome reversal of recent fortunes for the home side, who are now five points clear of danger in 13th place.

Marinos fall six points off the championship pace in fourth.

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Third-from-bottom Ventforet Kofu were frustrated to miss out on the opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone as Yu Kobayashi’s 11th goal of the season was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Kawasaki Frontale at the Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium on Saturday. The home side controlled much of the game but were unable to break through a stubborn Kawasaki defence and remain two points adrift of Urawa Reds.

Omiya Ardija remain in trouble – just three points better off than their Saitama neighbours – as their disastrous home form continued with a 2-0 reverse against Avispa Fukuoka. Second half strikes from Takuya Matsuura and Hisashi Jogo allowed the division’s bottom side, who remain fully 11 points shy of safety, to celebrate consecutive wins for the first time all year.

Montedio Yamagata are now only three points ahead of Fukuoka despite a creditable 1-1 draw at home to Jubilo Iwata. A 91st-minute header from Koji Nakajima gave Sanfrecce Hiroshima a 1-0 win over Vissel Kobe, while Vegalta Sendai beat Cerezo Osaka 2-1.


TALKING POINTS
- The J. League is once again without an AFC Champions League semi-finalist after its sole remaining representatives, Cerezo Osaka, were thrashed 6-1 away to Korean side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in midweek – going down 9-5 on aggregate.
- Yuto Nagatomo returns to the Japan squad for the upcoming matches with Vietnam and Tajikistan after recovering from a dislocated shoulder, but fellow full back Atsuto Uchida has been forced to pull out with a thigh strain.
- Takayuki Morimoto netted for Novara in a 3-3 draw against former club Catania in the Italian Serie A.


J1 results (matchday 28)
Montedio Yamagata 1-1 Jubilo Iwata
Ventforet Kofu 0-1 Kawasaki Frontale
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0 Vissel Kobe
Albirex Niigata 4-2 Yokohama F Marinos
Omiya Ardija 0-2 Avispa Fukuoka
Kashima Antlers 0-1 Kashiwa Reysol
Vegalta Sendai 2-1 Cerezo Osaka
Shimizu S-Pulse 2-0 Nagoya Grampus
Gamba Osaka 1-0 Urawa Reds


AFC Champions League quarter final second leg results
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR) 6-1 Cerezo Osaka (JPN) (Jeonbuk win 9-5 on aggregate)
FC Seoul (KOR) 1-0 Al-Ittihad (KSA) (Al-Ittihad win 3-2 on aggregate)
Zob Ahan (IRN) 1-2 Suwon Samsung Bluewings (KOR) (after extra time; Suwon win 3-2 on aggregate)
Al-Sadd (QAT) 1-2 Sepahan (IRN) (Al-Sadd win 4-2 on aggregate*)

* First leg awarded 3-0 to Al-Sadd by default as punishment for Sepahan fielding an ineligible player


Yamazaki Nabisco Cup second round second leg results
Omiya Ardija 1-2 Urawa Reds (Urawa win 4-1 on aggregate)
Jubilo Iwata 3-0 Vegalta Sendai
Albirex Niigata 3-1 Shimizu S-Pulse (Niigata win 4-3 on aggregate)
Kawasaki Frontale 3-2 Yokohama F Marinos (Yokohama FM win 6-3 on aggregate)

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