Created: Sunday, 02 September 2018 Written by Alan Gibson

 

Grampus Grab Six Goals, Seven Wins In-a-Row. Gamba Hit Frontale's Championship Hopes!

by Hugh Joshiri

J.League Division 1's 24th matchday of the season ended on Sunday with relegation-threatened Sagan Tosu - featuring ex-Liverpool, Chelsea and Athletic Madrid striker, Fernando Torres - earning a point at 3rd-placed FC Tokyo in an uninspiring 0-0 draw.

The curtain rose on Friday night with bottom club V-Varen Nagasaki going down to a home defeat to mid-table Shonan Bellmare, 3-1, before the main act came on Saturday, with seven games contested. In the early afternoon kick-off, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo made light work of Vissel Kobe in a 3-1 home victory that saw German star Lukas Podolski shown a harsh straight red card for a late tackle in 1st half added time. Former Barcelona and Spain star, Andres Iniesta, was unable to influence the match and was substituted in the 55th minute. Consadole remain in 4th place in J1, while Vissel dropped to 7th, with their hopes of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Champions League being dealt a blow.

At the top of the table, Sanfrecce Hiroshima triumphed 3-1 at home against a Kashima Antlers team that had impressed in their own ACL match in midweek but had no answer to a potent Sanfrecce attack this weekend. With 2nd-placed Kawasaki Frontale's 2-0 defeat at the hands of 2nd-from-bottom Gamba Osaka, the Hiroshima club stretched their lead to nine points at the summit of J1.

Osaka's other J1 team, Cerezo, rose to 5th spot after coming from behind against Urawa Reds to record a 2-1 win, while Vegalta Sendai followed them up the table to 6th after a home victory over Shimizu S-Pulse.

The remaining match in Japan's top division saw Nagoya Grampus smash six goals in at Jubilo Iwata to make it seven wins in-a-row. The Nagoya team have risen from rock bottom of J1 before the international break to 11th spot in the 18-team division. Former Manchester City and Everton marksman, Jo, notched a brace in this match and has now taken his total to 19 goals in 26 League and Cup appearances.


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J1 Standings

 

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 56 17 5 5 42 21 +21
2 Kawasaki Frontale 52 16 4 6 42 20 +22
3 FC Tokyo 43 12 7 8 34 25 +9
4 Kashima Antlers 42 12 6 9 37 34 +3
5 Cerezo Osaka 41 10 11 6 34 30 +4
6 Vegalta Sendai 41 12 5 10 36 38 -2
7 Consadole Sapporo 41 11 8 7 35 38 -3
8 Urawa Reds 38 10 8 9 37 27 +10
9 Vissel Kobe 36 10 6 11 33 35 -2
10 Shimizu S-Pulse 34 10 4 13 38 40 -2
11 Jubilo Iwata 33 8 9 10 29 37 -8
12 Yokohama Marinos 32 9 5 13 45 46 -1
13 Nagoya Grampus 31 9 4 13 43 48 -5
14 Shonan Bellmare 31 8 7 11 31 36 -5
15 Sagan Tosu 30 7 9 11 22 28 -6
16 Kashiwa Reysol 30 9 3 15 33 42 -9
17 Gamba Osaka 30 8 6 13 29 39 -10
18 V.Varen Nagasaki 27 8 3 16 32 48 -16

J2 Standings

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Yamaga 56 16 8 5 42 26 +16
2 Zelvia 53 15 8 5 48 34 +14
3 Trinita 51 15 6 8 50 35 +15
4 YokohamaFC 49 13 10 5 42 32 +10
5 Ardija 47 14 5 10 47 34 +13
6 Verdy 46 12 10 7 39 29 +10
7 Avispa 46 13 7 7 37 27 +10
8 Fagiano 44 12 8 9 31 27 +4
9 Renofa 43 11 10 7 47 46 +1
10 Vortis 41 12 5 12 35 29 +6
11 Montedio 40 11 7 10 34 35 -1
12 Hollyhock 39 11 6 12 34 32 +2
13 TochigiSC 38 10 8 11 29 33 -4
14 Ventforet 37 10 7 12 45 37 +8
15 Zweigen 36 9 9 11 36 37 -1
16 JEF United 35 10 5 14 49 56 -7
17 EhimeFC 33 9 6 14 24 38 -14
18 FC Gifu 32 9 5 15 36 43 -7
19 Albirex 29 8 5 16 30 45 -15
20 Roasso 26 7 5 17 37 55 -18
21 Sanga 25 7 4 17 25 41 -16
22 Kamatamare 24 6 6 16 23 49 -26

J3 Standings

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 FCRyukyu 35 10 5 3 35 20 +15
2 Azul Claro 32 9 5 3 19 9 +10
3 KagoshimaU 31 8 7 3 26 17 +9
4 FukushimaU 28 6 10 2 21 18 +3
5 Gainare 27 8 3 7 24 23 +1
6 Gamba U23 26 7 5 6 31 25 +6
7 Thespa 25 7 4 7 18 21 -3
8 Cerezo U23 24 6 6 6 24 23 +1
9 Blaublitz 24 7 3 8 17 16 +1
10 YSCC 23 5 8 5 26 22 +4
11 Sagamihara 23 6 5 6 29 27 +2
12 Grulla 23 7 2 9 22 30 -8
13 Parceiro 22 5 7 6 23 23 0
14 FujiedaMyFC 21 6 3 8 18 22 -4
15 Kataller 20 6 2 10 21 32 -11
16 Giravanz 14 3 5 9 13 27 -14
17 FCTokyo U23 13 3 4 11 18 30 -12