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 Marinos 70 22 4 8 68 38 +30
2 FCTokyo 64 19 7 8 46 29 +17
3 Antlers 63 18 9 7 54 30 +24
4 Frontale 60 16 12 6 57 34 +23
5 Cerezo 59 18 5 11 39 25 +14
6 Sanfrecce 55 15 10 9 45 29 +16
7 Gamba 47 12 11 11 54 48 +6
8 Vissel 47 14 5 15 61 59 +2
9 Trinita 47 12 11 11 35 35 0
10 Consadole 46 13 7 14 54 49 +5
11 Vegalta 41 12 5 17 38 45 -7
12 S-Pulse 39 11 6 17 45 69 -24
13 Grampus 37 9 10 15 45 50 -5
14 Reds 37 9 10 15 34 50 -16
15 Sagan 36 10 6 18 32 53 -21
16 Bellmare 36 10 6 18 40 63 -23
17 Yamaga 31 6 13 15 21 40 -19
18 Jubilo 31 8 7 19 29 51 -22

J2 Standings

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Reysol 84 25 9 8 85 33 +52
2 Yoko FC 79 23 10 9 66 40 +26
4 Vortis 73 21 10 11 67 45 +22
3 Ardija 75 20 15 7 62 40 +22
5 Ventforet 71 20 11 11 64 40 +24
6 Montedio 70 20 10 12 59 40 +19
7 Hollyhock 70 19 13 10 56 37 +19
8 Sanga 68 19 11 12 59 56 +3
9 Fagiano 65 18 11 13 49 47 +2
10 Albirex 62 17 11 14 71 52 +19
11 Zweigen 61 15 16 11 58 46 +12
12 VVaren 56 17 5 20 57 61 -4
13 Verdy 55 14 13 15 59 59 0
14 FCRyukyu 49 13 10 19 57 80 -23
15 Renofa 47 13 8 21 54 70 -16
16 Avispa 44 12 8 22 39 62 -23
17 JEF United 43 10 13 19 46 64 -18
18 Zelvia 43 9 16 17 36 59 -23
19 Ehime FC 42 12 6 24 46 62 -16
20 Tochigi SC 40 8 16 18 33 53 -20
21 Kagoshima 40 11 7 24 41 73 -32
22 FCGifu 30 7 9 26 33 78 -45

J3 Standings

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Giravanz 66 19 9 6 51 27 +24
2 Thespa 63 18 9 7 59 34 +25
3 Fujieda 63 18 9 7 42 31 +11
4 Kataller 58 16 10 8 54 31 23
5 Roasso 57 16 9 9 45 39 +6
6 Cerezo U23 52 16 4 14 49 56 -7
7 Gainare 50 14 8 12 49 59 -10
8 Blaublitz 49 13 10 11 45 35 +10
9 Parceiro 49 13 10 11 35 34 +1
10 Vanuraure 48 14 6 14 49 42 +7
11 Fukushima 43 13 4 17 45 53 -8
12 AzulClaro 39 11 6 17 35 43 -8
13 YSCC 39 12 3 19 53 65 -12
14 Kamatamare 39 10 9 15 33 49 -16
15 Sagamihara 38 10 8 16 36 45 -9
16 FCTokyo U23 36 9 9 16 43 52 -9
17 Gamba U23 35 9 8 17 54 55 -1
18 Grulla 26 7 5 22 36 63 -27