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Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 29 Preview – Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium poised for confetti as Kawasaki Frontale house Gamba Osaka for the finale

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 29 will be held on the 25th of November. Under the limelight is the runaway leaders’ attempt to seal the title against Gamba Osaka at their den. Reviving their dimmest hopes last week, Gamba brace for an all-or-nothing.

Just a single point at the Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium would confer the title for Kawasaki Frontale on Wednesday. The task never seemed daunting for the leaders but now it’s the otherwise. A win and a draw and two defeats are the receipts they have amassed in the past four fixtures. One of the defeats was a 1-0 pipping to Oita Trinita who now sit 11th on the ladder. The counterparts’ Kawasaki-customized plans have been successfully staggering the Toru Oniki-led boys. Regardless, the 14 points gap with the chaser places them as obvious favourites for the title. Todoroki Stadium braces for the finale and it’s all-or-nothing.

Nothing but three points would prolong Gamba’s title hopes and the black and blue did likewise on Sunday at the Saitama Stadium 2002. The current state is in no favour for Gamba, but chances aren’t zero. The short rest may take a toll on them yet, they seek to store the fatigue aside and elongate their title dream.

A rank below the AFC Champions League (ACL) spot, Kashima Antlers host Kashiwa Reysol. As the league wraps up, Kashima would wish to be rewarded with the coveted international tournament ticket. The recent-form is in Kashima’s favour – thumped Vegalta Sendai with a resounding victory and have been unbeaten for the past three fixtures. The forwards, Everaldo Stum and Ayase Ueda are pinned their hopes on for the lead. Meanwhile, after a long hiatus due to positive COVID-19 cases, returned Kashiwa. The homecoming was harshly welcomed as Sagan Tosu were the better of the two. The short preparation time was obvious from their blunders, while their tenacity was the sole relief. The Kenyan rugged forward, Michael Olunga, is the marksman to have scored double against Kashima in the previous head-to-head and will be demanded to replicate the feat.

Once securely sitting on the ACL spot and chasing Kawasaki instead of their neighbours, Cerezo Osaka are at perils. Winless for the past four fixtures, they have been edged out by Sanfrecce Hiroshima last week. Any further slip would only cause their Champions League aspiration and the forwards are in dire need of goals as they face Oita Trinita who are bringing upheavals on the league. Beating Kawasaki last week, Oita have gained the impetus for further. With pacey wingers, Oita eye on disrupting Cerezo’s defensive solitude.

The sole outfit guarding Kanagawa Prefecture (Yokohama F. Marinos are away for ACL duty), Yokohama FC house Shimizu S-Pulse. Last week, they shared the spoils with Hiroshima and the Kohei Tezuka caution means the commander will be watching from the stand this Wednesday. The man to fill his void will likely be decisive on the faith of this fixture. Shimizu, on the other hand, were thrashed 5-1 to Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo last week – their first since the new manager’s helm. Having seen five goals behind their net, defensive rectification would be their top priority.

Away defeat last week at the Toyota Stadium halted Shonan Bellmare’s winning streak to three. Keeping their rhythm throughout the 90 minutes would be the key to this fixture having conceded two goals in the second half last week. Visitors, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, have been exceptional recently with no defeats in the past six outings. However, the absences of Leandro Pereira and Sho Sasaki due to suspension are huge drawbacks for Hiroshima and the manager Hiroshi Jofuku is given the unnerving task for a breakthrough.

At the Ekimae Real Estate Stadium, Sagan Tosu call on Vegalta Sendai. Tosu have been unbeaten for seven games with the latest fixture marking a 2-1 victory over Kashiwa. The arsenal in Daichi Hayashi has been an impetus to Tosu’s recent success added by the already congealed backline. The injury of Brazilian winger Tiago Alves is their only concern, albeit it’s unlikely to rupture their way of football. Sendai, however, accepted their first defeat since the managerial shift. The 32-year-old forward, Shun Nagasawa, has been scoring for three games consecutive and has his crosshairs set on the Tosu custodian.

The ACL participants’ have already completed their weekly round early on. Defending champions, Yokohama F. Marinos housed Sapporo on the 26th of August with F. Marinos collecting all three points through a 4-1 victory with Júnior Santos brace. Meanwhile, Vissel Kobe thumped Nagoya Grampus on the 30th of September through the Spaniard, Andrés Iniesta, as he netted to bag home the victory. The capital outfit FC Tokyo, too, stood triumphant as the pacey Kensuke Nagai knuckled Urawa Red Diamonds to a 1-0 defeat.

 

J1 LEAGUE

Kawasaki Frontale’s third title on hold as Oita Trinita relish, while Gamba Osaka poised for a big turn after the weekend triumph

Seven matches of Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 28 took place on the 21st and 22nd of November, and Kawasaki Frontale failed to seal the title after a disappointing defeat to Oita Trinita.

The 34th-minute penalty caused the game. Kawasaki, who needed all three points at the Showa Denko Dome Oita, mired their title sealing when Shogo Taniguchi inflicted doubled misery – send-off and a spot-kick - Naoki Nomura showed no mercy at the 12 yards. The ten-man outfit resisted in the dimmest hope but the deficit – both in numbers and goals - was larger than it seemed.

While the fight for AFC Champions League (ACL) spot intensify, Nagoya Grampus thumped visiting Shonan Bellmare through Mateus, Hiroyuki Abe, and Gabriel Xavier, while only allowing one to Keisuke Saka. The home victory amassed Grampus with 55 points on the league.

Homogeneous results at the Yurtec Stadium Sendai, but for the traveling team, Kashima Antlers thrashed the staggering Vegalta Sendai 1-3 through Everaldo Stum, Juan Alano, and Ayase Ueda. Meanwhile, Leandro Pereira stunner capped the game for Sanfrecce Hiroshima over Cerezo Osaka. Also, at the Sapporo Dome, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo beat Shimizu S-Pulse 5-1 at home boosted by Anderson Lopes brace.

It was Kashiwa Reysol’s first match since the 31st of October (COVID-19 stoke a hiatus) when they encountered Sagan Tosu at home. However, Kashiwa failed to groove as they allowed two soft goals early in the second half. The fight-back led to an 87th-minute consolation from Michael Olunga but time wasn’t in their favour for another.

On Sunday, the sole fixture of the day was battled between Urawa Red Diamonds and Gamba Osaka.

Anything other than three points at the Saitama Stadium 2002 would confer the title to the runaway leaders. Visiting Gamba were determined to keep their title hope alive. Despite allowing first to Tomoaki Makino, former FC Bayern Munich loanee Takashi Usami equalized minutes after to level the game. The embers spilled by Takashi later reaped fruits as Ryu Takao headed home to silence the Reds-filled stadium.

The blue and black have now gathered 58 points on the league, narrowing the gap with Kawasaki to 14 points. Sunday’s win also means Kawasaki have been thwarted from claiming their trophy with five games to go on the league. The two will meet on Wednesday.

 

J.LEAGUE News

Oita Trinita vs Kawasaki Frontale – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on November 21!

The league leaders are on the road in the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE—and global fans in select markets can catch all the action on our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel! Don't miss out as Kawasaki Frontale travel to face Oita Trinita on November 21st!

Three points at the Oita Bank Dome against Oita Trinita would do nothing but to seal Kawasaki Frontale’s third J1 League title. There are numbers to calculate though. If second-placed Gamba Osaka fail to edge out Urawa Red Diamonds on Sunday, Kawasaki will ascend to the throne regardless of their narrative at the Dome.

It took two games for Kawasaki to groove on the pitch again. The Toru Oniki-led outfit defeated Yokohama F. Marinos on Wednesday to claim their first victory after two games of dissipation. The visitors are keen to replicate their previous 2-0 feat against Oita; despite the absence of suspended defensive leader Jesiel, who provided the winner against Yokohama, the pool of defensive talents in Kawasaki are poised to null the void. The 23-year-old winger, Kaoru Mitoma’s role would be vital to seal the deal on Saturday as the host brace for a lockdown in a wish to fend off any confetti at their den. It would be Oita’s first game after 18 days of absence, having the Kashiwa Reysol fixture called off in between. The superior amount of rest could be their only facet to stop who had been formidable throughout the season.

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J1 LEAGUE

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 28 Preview – Runaway leaders Kawasaki Frontale brace for their third J1 title, with Oita Trinita the last man standing

Seven matches of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 28 will take place on the 21st and 22nd of November. The AFC Champions League (ACL) participants have completed the weekly fixture in advance, with Yokohama F. Marinos thrashing FC Tokyo on an annihilating 4-0 through Júnior Santos brace. The neighbour Yokohama FC were also triumphant as they beat Vissel Kobe 2-1 with Reo Yasunaga providing a late winner.

Three points at the Oita Bank Dome against Oita Trinita would do nothing but to seal Kawasaki Frontale’s third J1 League title. There are numbers to calculate though. If second-placed Gamba Osaka fail to edge out Urawa Red Diamonds on Sunday, Kawasaki will ascend to the throne regardless of their narrative at the Dome.

It took two games for Kawasaki to groove on the pitch again. The Toru Oniki-led outfit defeated Yokohama F. Marinos on Wednesday to claim their first victory after two games of dissipation. The visitors are keen to replicate their previous 2-0 feat against Oita; despite the absence of suspended defensive leader Jesiel, who provided the winner against Yokohama, the pool of defensive talents in Kawasaki are poised to null the void. The 23-year-old winger, Kaoru Mitoma’s role would be vital to seal the deal on Saturday as the host brace for a lockdown in a wish to fend off any confetti at their den. It would be Oita’s first game after 18 days of absence, having the Kashiwa Reysol fixture called off in between. The superior amount of rest could be their only facet to stop who had been formidable throughout the season.

Even though the narrative at Oita concludes as a happy-ending for the host, Kawasaki still stand a chance. On Sunday, the black and blue will be traveling east after suffering their first defeat in 13 games (0-4 Vegalta Sendai); and the second-placed chaser Gamba Osaka’s result against Urawa Red Diamonds may well decide the weekend’s celebration. Visitors’ three points at the Saitama Stadium 2002 would keep their title dream alive, while anything else would only confer the title. In the search for that ‘critical three points’, however, Urawa may not be the best foe Gamba would have wished for. The Reds are on track after three games of deviation; defeated Kobe on Wednesday. The on-form midfielder, Quenten Martinus has netted four times in the last six outings and is likely to have his crosshairs set on the Osakan custodian.

Aside from the championship talk, the contention is also glaring at the ACL qualifying spot as Nagoya Grampus overtook FC Tokyo last week after pipping them out through the Mateus penalty. The third-placed Nagoya will house Shonan Bellmare this week; albeit the fatal absence of Mu Kanazaki, Grampus are in safe hands with the Brazilian forward, Mateus. Meanwhile, Shonan are undefeated for the past six fixtures, winning the last three of them. The solid defence has been providing an impetus to their recent success - no goals conceded in the past three fixtures. They would wish to recreate the commendable work while securing goals upfront through Mitsuki Saito for his three games consecutive goals.

The recent outings have been nightmarish for Cerezo Osaka. They have not won for three games and will be the host when Sanfrecce Hiroshima visit this weekend. Regaining their defensive wit would be the foremost priority, especially when faced with five games undefeated Hiroshima. However, unlike their congealed defensive work, scoring is still a concern for Sanfrecce as they have drawn three of those.

It only took two games for staggering Vegalta Sendai to earn the same points they had earned in the previous 16 games they had contended. After thrashing Gamba last week on a four-goal haul, Vegalta leveled the game against Tokyo on Wednesday to bag home a point. After a horrendous run of defeats, all they wish would be to end the season on a brighter note via the remaining fixtures. The visitors, meanwhile, have a more tangible product to fight for – the ACL ticket. Sitting sixth on the ladder, Kashima Antlers are just six points behind third-placed Nagoya. The draw that halted Kawasaki last week should propel Antlers for their last stride towards the third place and the rugged forward, Everaldo Stum, with three goals in the past four fixtures may prove to be decisive on their weekly warfare.

After sharing the spoils with Sagan Tosu last week through Jay Bothroyd equalizer, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo host Shimizu S-Pulse at home. The 38-year-old veteran who heralded his return after 13 games of silence will again be pinned hopes on for a screamer. Meanwhile, the managerial change through Hiroaki Hiraoka has seen S-Pulse winning two games consecutive at home. The offensive work has been seamless, firing three goals on both occasions. The eagerness for a better end to the season is what drives them for an aggressive style of play.

The hiatus borne by COVID-19 will be terminated when Kashiwa Reysol resume their fixture against Sagan Tosu at home. After a disappointing run of games in October, it will be intriguing to see Kashiwa’s game plan this weekend. And unlike the host’s long absence, Tosu have been playing consistently without losing a single in the last six matches, although five of them were draws – including failure to keep the lead against Sapporo last week. The former Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC winger, Tiago Alves has scored in the last two matches and could be the key to Tosu upheaval.

 

J.LEAGUE News

Number of clubs promoted and relegated at the end of the 2021 season

J.LEAGUE has announced that the number of clubs to be promoted and relegated at the end of the 2021 season.  More details on the format of the tournaments will be announced as soon as  determined.

[Number of clubs to be promoted and relegated at the end of the 2021 season]
Number of promoted clubs

- Promotion from J2 LEAGUE to J1 LEAGUE: 2 clubs
- Promotion from J3 LEAGUE to J2 LEAGUE: 2 clubs
The number of clubs promoted may vary if some of the clubs have not earned the required J.LEAGUE club license.

Number of relegated clubs
- Relegation from J1 LEAGUE to J2 LEAGUE: 4 clubs
- Relegation from J2 LEAGUE to J3 LEAGUE: 4 clubs
The number of clubs relegated also may change according to changes in the number of promoted clubs.

 

J.LEAGUE News

Kawasaki Frontale vs Yokohama F・Marinos – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on November 18!

Kawasaki Frontale are marching to another MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE title but they have last year's champions in the way this week! Don't miss our LIVE broadcast of Kawasaki Frontale vs. Yokohama F·Marinos on the official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel, which will be available to fans in select markets!

League leaders Kawasaki Frontale are to encounter defending champions, Yokohama F. Marinos at the Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium. Their previous head-to-head in September saw Kawasaki stealing all three points at the den of F. Marinos, Nissan Stadium. The victor leveraged on Yokohama’s wide backyard and sailed through with Kaoru Mitoma brace and Akihiro Ienaga screamer. Three points on Wednesday would mean their title vow could come as early as the 21st of November. The culmination is in the vicinity of light blue and black and it is only a matter of how.

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J1 LEAGUE

Kawasaki Frontale still searching for rhythm as the highlighted fixture against Kashima Antlers ends with a draw, while Shun Nagasawa hat-trick vociferates elation as Vegalta Sendai put an end to 18 games winless drought

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 27 took place over the 14th and 15th of November. Table leaders Kawasaki Frontale shared the spoils with Kashima Antlers, while second-placed Gamba Osaka were victims of Vegalta Sendai upheaval. The gap between the two has widened to 14 points.

After three games at home, Kawasaki were the visitors this week to Antlers. The visitors’ hankering to get back on winning track was derailed as their 18th minute Yasuto Wakizaka dazzler was nullified to share the spoils. The draw means they have now amassed 69 points on the table. Meanwhile, second-placed Gamba failed to leverage on Kawasaki draw. Hosting wooden spoonist Vegalta Sendai at home, a four-goal thrashing was never anticipated. The Vegalta strike was featured by Shun Nagasawa hat trick, a rugged forward who changed his allegiance from Gamba two years ago. It was Gamba’s first defeat in 13 games, while it was the first three points for Sendai after 18 games of misery.

Júnior Santos opened the account for Yokohama F. Marinos in a game marked by an eight-goal haul against Urawa Red Diamonds. A spate of goals followed thereafter with F. Marinos scoring four at the halfway mark. The annihilation was reinforced by Kota Mizunuma and Júnior Santos’ third in the latter half; terminated Yokohama’s regrettable three games of consecutive losses. The awestruck 6-2 scoresheet marked F. Marinos’ last game of the season and blissed the outfit ahead of their AFC Champions League (ACL) campaign in Qatar. The other outfit of Yokohama, however, failed to throw confetti like their neighbours. Yokohama FC were the visitors last weekend to Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s Edion Stadium Hiroshima. Despite taking an early lead, Ezequiel equalized to level the game. Both sides shared the point.

At the IAI Stadium Nihondaira, on form Shimizu S-Pulse went ahead through Renato Augusto scissors. The fan-filled stadium was broiled into madness. Although the host allowed one to visitors, Cerezo Osaka, they soon brought the game back through Keita Nakamura and Carlinhos towards the final whistle. However, the home madness was not witnessed at the Sapporo Dome as Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo only managed to equalize the game against Sagan Tosu through Jay Bothroyd screamer.

On Sunday, Shonan Bellmare sealed the game through Takuya Okamoto and Mitsuki Saito against Vissel Kobe. This marks Shonan’s third consecutive victory, while Kobe have lost their tune and are muddled by four consecutive defeats.

As the last fixture of the week, Nagoya Grampus and FC Tokyo were under the limelight. The game was only concluded at the very last minute, as Mateus converted the spot-kick before the whistle to provide three points for the home side, Nagoya. They have now overtaken the capital outfit to sit third on the ladder.

 

J.LEAGUE News

Kashima Antlers vs Kawasaki Frontale – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on November 14!

The league leaders are on the road in the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE—and global fans in select markets can catch all the action on our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel! Don't miss out as Kawasaki Frontale travel to face Kashima Antlers on November 14th!

After a bitter home defeat that shattered another rewrite of J League’s historic streak record, league leaders Kawasaki Frontale encounter Kashima Antlers away from home. Despite last week’s setback to Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, their 13 points difference with the second-placed Gamba Osaka indicate they are just inches away from the title. As the predominant outfit of the fold, thwarting Kashima’s counters would be vital given the host’s history of come-from-behind victory last week. With a goal to his name last week, Kashima marksman Ayase Ueda is the man to present another nightmarish round to Kawasaki.

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J1 LEAGUE

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 27 Preview – Flabbergasted Kawasaki Frontale gear up for a rebound, while Gamba Osaka ready to plunge 17 games winless Vegalta Sendai

Eight matches of Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 27 will take place on the 14th and 15th of November. The match between Kashiwa Reysol and Oita Trinita was postponed to the 9th of December due to a surge in positive Covid-19 cases.

After a bitter home defeat that shattered another rewrite of J League’s historic streak record, league leaders Kawasaki Frontale encounter Kashima Antlers away from home. Despite last week’s setback to Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, their 13 points difference with the second-placed Gamba Osaka indicate they are just inches away from the title. As the predominant outfit of the fold, thwarting Kashima’s counters would be vital given the host’s history of come-from-behind victory last week. With a goal to his name last week, Kashima marksman Ayase Ueda is the man to present another nightmarish round to Kawasaki.

Overshadowed by formidable Kawasaki, 12 games unbeaten Gamba Osaka are unlikely to have a go on the title this season. However, stride goes on, with high-stake AFC Champions League (ACL) spot on the table for the blue and black. After pipping out Vissel Kobe on Wednesday, the Osakan outfit house Vegalta Sendai at home. The short recovery period may be the only trouble, yet the 33-year-old forward Patric is primed to slot the opponents having scored two in the past three fixtures. The visitors’ staggering 17 games winless streak is only going to flourish the Brazilian forward and last week’s three-nil thumping to Sagan Tosu have proven there had been no improvements on both ends of the pitch. Having lost 4-1 in the previous meeting against Gamba, Sendai wish to make a watershed point this week, for nothing but to save themselves from paving the uncharted land of shame in the history of J League.

Unlike Vegalta, the losing streak awe was terminated for the capital outfit, FC Tokyo, on Wednesday when they edged out Sapporo on a single margin. The Japanese international, Kensuke Nagai, was the sole provider for Tokyo’s mid-week victory and will be expected to replicate the success against Nagoya Grampus on Sunday. Their opponents Nagoya Grampus have not won in the past two games after being pounded by Sanfrecce Hiroshima this week. Those who have usually been sidelined are now given the chance to repair the impaired, amidst Hiroshima’s goalless run and injuries of mainstay forwards.

The year-long season is a marathon yet Osakan neighbour, Cerezo Osaka seem to have mistaken it as a mere 100-metre dash. Once entrenched as second on the ladder, they now stand fifth on the table having failed to win any of their last two matches. The only relief is the diminutive forward Yuta Toyokawa’s excellence, bagging four goals in the last three outings. Meanwhile, opponent Shimizu S-Pulse have earned all three points under the helm of new gaffer Hiroaki Hiraoka by beating Kobe at their den. The positivity could ensure the likelihood of upheaval on Saturday and Kenta Nishizawa, who was involved in all three goals against Kobe, could lead the Cerezo bafflement.

The champions have lost their shape. Yokohama F. Marinos are muddled with three defeats in a row that include one from the recent bottom-escapee, Shonan Bellmare. The weekend’s home event would be pivotal ahead of their ACL journey with only three games left for the defending champion. In contrast, the visitors, Urawa Red Diamonds have been gaining stability on the field with six games undefeated. Their two recent draws could have been better if not for overreliance on Shinzo Koroki brilliance. The other forwards are now under scrutiny for a step-up.

A spot below the defending champion is the propelling Sanfrecce Hiroshima. They have been unbeaten for four games now and stand eighth on the ladder after a two-goal haul feat against Nagoya Grampus on Wednesday. The loanee, Leandro Pereira, has collected three goals in the last four matches and could prove to be decisive on Hiroshima’s overtake. Meanwhile, the away side Yokohama FC have gained impetus after ending their three-match losing streak. The dramatic victory is poised to boost Yokohama’s remaining fixtures for another dramatic turn.

At the Sapporo Dome, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo host Sagan Tosu. After marking a stain on Kawasaki’s winning streak in style, the Mihailo Petrović boys failed to carry on the coup as they succumbed to Tokyo on Wednesday. As their defence begin to gain stability, lighting onto their full-of-potential artilleries would guarantee three points at home this weekend. However, Tosu are no easy opponents. They claimed their first win after nine games of silence and Fuchi Honda, with a brace on that fixture, is the man for Sagan to pin their hopes on.

Has the managerial shift effect expired? Vissel Kobe are struggling lately, losing all three recent matches. Game management would be the top concern for Kobe having often gifted comeback victories to opponents. This trait would only be leveraged by Shonan Bellmare’s form as they have been undefeated for five games with the last two being nothing but wins. As Shonan’s aggressive style of play has been approaching its pinnacle, they would wish to muffle Kobe’s possessive football with pure hard work.

 

J.LEAGUE News

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE Sec. 27 Kashiwa Reysol vs. Oita Trinita rescheduled

J.LEAGUE has announced that the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE match which was postponed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been rescheduled as follows.

■2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE match rescheduled

Sec. Date KO Fixture Venue TV/Internet
(in Japan)
27 Wednesday
9 December
19:00 Kashiwa
Reysol
vs Oita
Trinita
SANKYO FRONTIER Kashiwa Stadium DAZN

 

J.LEAGUE News

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE Sec. 26 Vegalta Sendai vs. Kashiwa Reysol rescheduled

J.LEAGUE has announced that the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE match which was postponed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been rescheduled as follows.

■2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE match rescheduled

Sec. Date KO Fixture Venue TV/Internet
(in Japan)
26 Tuesday
1st December
19:00 Vegalta
Sendai
vs Kashiwa
Reysol
Yurtec Stadium Sendai DAZN

 

J.LEAGUE News

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE Kashiwa Reysol vs Oita Trinita cancelled

J.LEAGUE has announced that the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE match between Kashiwa Reysol and Oita Trinita, scheduled for Saturday 14 November 2020 at 15:00 JST, has been cancelled after multiple cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed at Kashiwa. Further details of  the match cancelled will be announced when  determined.

■Match cancelled
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE  Sec. 27

Date KO Fixture Venue
Saturday
14 November
15:00 Kashiwa
Reysol
vs Oita
Trinita
SANKYO FRONTIER
Kashiwa Stadium

 

J1 LEAGUE

History stops at 12 as Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo stumble Kawasaki Frontale, while highlighted derby at Osaka conclude with a draw

Six matches of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 26 took place on the third of October. The unstoppable Kawasaki Frontale have finally come to a break with their record winning streaks of 12 – also the league’s all-time best.

Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium, the fortress that never seemed affable to any guests have finally yielded to a neighbor from the north, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo. The visitors caught Kawasaki by surprise in the second half through Anderson Lopes and Takuma Arano screamers – the second goal coming minutes after the first. This is the second time Kawasaki have been defeated this season. A win could have furthered their already-historic winning streak.

While Kawasaki came to a halt and failed to extend the gap with the chasers, the Osaka derby also denied announcing a winner to close the gap. The visitors, Gamba Osaka, opened the account through Yosuke Ideguchi. However, the elation did not last long as it was soon nullified by Cerezo Osaka’s Yuta Toyokawa. The highlighted fixture of the week ended both sides sharing the spoils. Likewise, third-placed Nagoya Grampus earned just a point on their away fixture against Sagan Tosu. The two would rue over their missed chances as they conclude in a goalless draw.

An early lead for Urawa Red Diamonds by superb Shinzo Koroki bestowed hope for their away three points against Sanfrecce Hiroshima. However, the second-half equalizer from Leandro Pereira leveled the game and both sides had to satisfy with a point apiece. Meanwhile, Shimizu S-Pulse have already begun to reap from the managerial shift effect. After replacing the Australian Peter Cklamovski this week, they slotted home three goals in the second half through Valdo, Elsinho, and Takashi Kanai, after allowing one to Vissel Kobe in the first half. It is Shimizu’s first win after a spate of a winless run (eight).

Oita Trinita managed to pull off a similar feat when they faced Yokohama FC on Tuesday. They equalized the two-goal deficit through Toshio Shimakawa and Kei Chinen and stole the three points when Tatsuya Tanaka upset the Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium with a winner, seconds before the final whistle.

The match between Vegalta Sendai and Kashiwa Reysol has been canceled due to the surge in positive COVID-19 cases among the Kashiwa members.

 

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Cerezo Osaka vs Gamba Osaka – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on November 3!

It's Derby Day in the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE—and our global fans in select markets can catch all the action on our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel! Don't miss out as Cerezo Osaka take on Gamba Osaka in a rivalry match on November 3rd!

It’s the derby week at Osaka, as the neighbors of Osaka prefecture galvanize for an intense fixture. Gamba Osaka have recently overtaken their rivals to sit second on the ladder and will be visitors at the Yanmar Stadium Nagai this Tuesday. They have been unbeaten for ten games and won the last three fixtures including a 2-1 victory over Sapporo last week. They have been reproducing their 2008 AFC Champions League (ACL) winning outfit with a balanced display on both ends of the pitch. The derby win would provide an immense impetus for their race towards the end of the season, having been defeated by Cerezo Osaka in the previous meeting. However, Cerezo, too, are in dire need of the three points. Their October slippery has caused them the all-or-nothing ACL spot and are three points behind the second-placed Gamba. Despite their latest fixture being a lackluster defeat to Urawa Red Diamonds, the ten days of recovery may prove to be decisive when faced with the fatigued visitors. The sharpened forwards in Hiroaki Okuno and Yuta Toyokawa may cause trouble for the on-form travelers.

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J1 LEAGUE

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 26 Preview – History makers, Kawasaki Frontale, eye on another milestone, while Osaka brace for derby

On Tuesday, seven matches of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League’s Match-day 26 will be in the limelight. The depths of the squads are on trials as teams brace for the mid-week fixture with just two days to recover.

The capital outfit, FC Tokyo and Kashima Antlers will be off the scene this mid-week, having completed their round earlier on the 26th of August. Kashima thumped the host through Everaldo Stum and Juan Alano. Meanwhile, recently on-form Shonan Bellmare will house Yokohama F. Marinos next Wednesday as the sole game of the day.

History makers, Kawasaki Frontale eye on extending their already historic record when they guest Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo this Tuesday. Last Saturday’s triumph over FC Tokyo meant they have now amassed 12 straight wins in the league, as they show no vulnerability on their stride to the title. The previous head-to-head was in absolute favor for the runaway leaders on a six-goal rout and the Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games medalist, Kaoru Mitoma, is banked on to replicate his previous brace against Hokkaido. Sapporo’s away defeat to Gamba Osaka last week will do no favor to stop the fresh graduate, albeit October has been a pleasant surprise for them, collecting three wins in five. The Brazilian forward, Douglas Oliveira, has been scoring in the past two games and will be vital for the visitors to stop the history.

It’s the derby week at Osaka, as the neighbors of Osaka prefecture galvanize for an intense fixture. Gamba Osaka have recently overtaken their rivals to sit second on the ladder and will be visitors at the Yanmar Stadium Nagai this Tuesday. They have been unbeaten for ten games and won the last three fixtures including a 2-1 victory over Sapporo last week. They have been reproducing their 2008 AFC Champions League (ACL) winning outfit with a balanced display on both ends of the pitch. The derby win would provide an immense impetus for their race towards the end of the season, having been defeated by Cerezo Osaka in the previous meeting. However, Cerezo, too, are in dire need of the three points. Their October slippery has caused them the all-or-nothing ACL spot and are three points behind the second-placed Gamba. Despite their latest fixture being a lackluster defeat to Urawa Red Diamonds, the ten days of recovery may prove to be decisive when faced with the fatigued visitors. The sharpened forwards in Hiroaki Okuno and Yuta Toyokawa may cause trouble for the on-form travelers.

Also contending for the Champions League spot, Nagoya Grampus sit third on the table after beating Kashima Antlers last week. Backed by the solid defence, diminutive forward, Mateus, has been leading the frontline. Pressing intensively upfront, the systemic display could take its toll on the away side, Sagan Tosu, who have been winless for eight games. Tosu’s bright young talent, Daichi Hayashi is the dim light of hope for the muddled team.

After sharing the spoils with Vegalta Sendai last week, Sanfrecce Hiroshima will house Urawa at home. The Saturday’s rested players such as forward Leandro Pereira will be demanded to invigorate the team. Likewise, Urawa come off from a disappointing draw at the Oita Bank Dome last week. The goalless draw on Saturday may have sent messages to the occasionally valiant forwards.

Baffled Yokohama FC finally return home after two outings of away crushing. Having failed to score during these two fixtures, improvement at the final-third would be critical for them to overturn the recent gloom. The gloomy outlook is no different at Oita Trinita. They have not won in the past four matches and have only managed to score once. The sole scorer of their previous head-to-head against Yokohama, 28-year-old Tatsuya Tanaka, is all they count on.

Mired Shimizu S-Pulse open the fixture with a new gaffer, Hiroaki Hiraoka, after the departure of Australian Peter Cklamovski. Former Shimizu defender Hiroaki takes over at a tough sitch, with the outfit winless for the past seven games. And the team that best understand the impact of managerial shift is visitors, Vissel Kobe. They have won five out of nine games since the change of management. It includes a recent victory against Vegalta Sendai last weekend and despite the worrying number of concessions, Kyogo Furuhashi and Douglas have been remarkable enough to relieve the Atsuhiro Miura-led setup.

The wooden spoonist, Vegalta, will house Kashiwa Reysol at home. The goalless draw last week with Hiroshima was rather a relief for the 16-match winless Sendai and their consistent display of congealed defence could increase their chances of winning this Tuesday. Similarly, Kashiwa drew with a clean sheet against Shimizu on Saturday. However, their last head-to-head records a stunning 5-1 triumph through Michael Olunga hat trick, and the repetition of the previous rout would be beneficial ahead of their J. League Cup final this weekend.

 

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2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE Vegalta Sendai vs Kashiwa Reysol cancelled

J.LEAGUE has announced that the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE match between Vegalta Sendai and Kashiwa Reysol, scheduled for Tuesday 3rd November 2020 at 13:00 JST, has been cancelled after cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed in Kashiwa Reysol.

■Match cancelled
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE  Sec. 26

Date KO Fixture Venue
Tuesday
3rd November
13:00 Vegalta
Sendai
vs Kashiwa
Reysol
Yurtec Stadium Sendai

 

J1 LEAGUE

[Meiji Yasuda J1 League Monthly Report: October] Five straight wins in October seal Kawasaki Frontale’s status as runaway leaders, while Gamba Osaka emerge second on the ladder, amassing 19 points

It was another hustle and bustle for the J1 League outfits in October with teams playing from five to seven games. Some teams pitted more to make up for the games postponed due to COVID-19 or to play in advance ahead of the ACL (AFC Champions League) fixtures in November.

October, too, was in favor of Kawasaki Frontale. Despite the tough schedule that included Tamagawa Classico, Kawasaki were formidable and won all five fixtures. The run of victories that began on the 29th of August against Shimizu S-Pulse has now set a new league record of 12. Fresh graduate, Kaoru Mitoma, has been a boost to the squad, while Leandro Damião has been consistent on the scoresheet, not to speak of Kengo Nakamura spur. They now stand 17 points ahead of second-placed Gamba Osaka and the replication of their October feat could mean Kawasaki may ascend to crown as early as at the end of November.

Another triumphant outfit of October are Gamba Osaka. Amassing 19 points from seven games, the blue and black garnered more points than the table leaders, albeit Kawasaki were short of two. They have been undefeated with six wins and a draw. Despite the immense gap with league leaders, the Osakans stand a good chance of securing their 2021 ACL qualifiers and Emperor’s Cup spots. The talented forwards in Patric and Takashi Usami have been an impetus to their solid defence and the continued display would materialize their rosy picture of the season.

October has been fruition for third-placed Nagoya Grampus. They collected 15 points from seven games, winning five of them. The five clean sheets they brandished during this period have removed the stains marked by Kawasaki and Yokohama F. Marinos. Firing four goals this month, Mateus has been leading their frontline backed by the congealed defence.

If there are ups, there are downs. Cerezo Osaka conceded their second place to neighbors, Gamba Osaka, after losing three games out of five this month. They now stand fourth on the table. The misery is resonated by the capital outfit as FC Tokyo have dropped from third to fifth with pounding five defeats.

Gamba and Nagoya may have secured points but the social media highlights were given elsewhere. Urawa Red Diamonds and Sanfrecce Hiroshima were in the limelight with goals galore. Urawa slotted home six goals on Match-day 23 against Vegalta Sendai, while Hiroshima pleased the visiting fans, scoring three goals on three of their four triumphant occasions. Meanwhile, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo managed to escape from another fiasco after only gaining three points in September. They bagged ten points in October with three wins that include pipping out Kashima Antlers on a single goal margin.

At the other end of the table, Shonan Bellmare have been a performer with two wins this month – their third and fourth of the season. However, the other companions, Sagan Tosu, Shimizu S-Pulse, and Vegalta Sendai have not won a single game. Tosu struggled to find the net with just four goals in seven fixtures, while Shimizu are baffled by their defensive approach as they grapple to find the winner.

The mire is no different at Sendai. Currently sitting at the bottom of the table, their last win dates back to early August when Vissel Kobe were staggering before the departure of former manager, Thorsten Fink. They have been winless for the past 16 games and were marked by shames as the extras on Urawa’s six-goal rout. Only two games have they scored in October, their problems lie on both ends of the pitch. They now have just nine remaining fixtures to make the amendments and promise the fans for a changed 2021.

 

J1 LEAGUE

Veteran midfielder Kengo Nakamura celebrates his birthday in style with the winning goal on Tamagawa Classico night as Kawasaki Frontale pull off their 12th consecutive victory

Seven matches of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 25 were held on the 31st of October with Kawasaki Frontale extending their historic winning streak to 12 after thumping FC Tokyo.

Hosting the fixture at home, Frontale went ahead with Akihiro Ienaga spot-kick. The game was reignited when Diego Oliveira equalized to silence the Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium from a dead angle. It was Kengo Nakamura, who sealed the game for the table leaders at the 74th minute with the aid of Kaoru Mitoma dazzler. The home triumph means they have now amassed 12 consecutive wins in the league, while the capital outfit are muddled by their fourth defeat in a row.

Homogeneous results at the Panasonic Stadium Suita, albeit in a different sequence. The visitors, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, were hopeful of their third victory in a row when Brazilian forward Douglas Oliveira slotted home early in the game.  However, Sapporo’s idyllic away three points was shattered when Yosuke Ideguchi and Brazilian counterpart, Patric hammered to seal Gamba Osaka’s third consecutive victory and extend their unbeaten run to a ten.

Also contending for the AFC Champions League qualifiers spot, Nagoya Grampus got away with a comfortable away victory against Kashima Antlers through Mu Kanazaki and Mateus screamers. They now stand third on the table with 48 points.

Meanwhile, at the Shonan BMW Stadium Hiratsuka, Shonan Bellmare eased past Yokohama FC through Hiroshi Ibusuki winner.

All the remaining fixtures between Vegalta Sendai and Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Oita Trinita and Urawa Red Diamonds, and Kashiwa Reysol and Shimizu S-Pulse ended in goalless draws.

 

J.LEAGUE News

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE: Season Considered Completed

J.LEAGUE announced that the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE is considered completed after the matches held today, as it met the criteria of holding 75% of its total games and 50% of each team's games.

■2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE total number of matches:306
■2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE matches held as of 31 October:233 (equivalent to 76.1% of all matches) 

※About the competition format for the 2020 season :
https://www.jleague.jp/en/news/article/17144/

 

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Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 25 Preview – Tamagawa Classico between Kawasaki Frontale and FC Tokyo could mark a historic run of 12 straight wins, while high-stake ACL spot on the table between Kashima Antlers and Nagoya Grampus

With only ten match-days left in this year’s Meiji Yasuda J1 League calendar, seven matches of Match-day 25 will take place this Saturday. The AFC Champions League (ACL) participants Vissel Kobe and Yokohama F. Marinos have already completed this week’s fixture, with Kobe losing to Cerezo Osaka and Yokohama sharing the spoils with Sagan Tosu last month.

Buoyed by last week’s rout against Nagoya Grampus, table leaders Kawasaki Frontale will encounter FC Tokyo for another narrative of the Tamagawa Classico. They are trailblazers with eleven straight wins amassed ahead of the weekend fixture. The sharpened set-pieces have provided wider options for them to exploit on the openings, while their flawless pass-and-move has been the impetus for the historic run. Their opponent stagger meanwhile. The capital outfit have been losing three straight games including a mid-week defeat to Kashiwa Reysol. With seven goals softly allowed to their goals in the past two fixtures, defensive amendments are a top priority. The vibrancy of teams would draw the line between the loser and winner this week, as the host are playing their first game after two weeks break and Tokyoites are fatigued over the mid-week fixture.

Last week’s victory at the Panasonic Stadium Suita marked Gamba Osaka’s nine games unbeaten run and the onset of their new winning streak; Gamba leaped to second on the ladder. The solid defence has been backing Osaka’s spur, while rugged forward Patric vanquished at the other end. However, this week’s encounter against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo could present a challenge. The visitors are relishing a fantastic October, already collecting three wins at home. Sapporo’s last two fixtures saw them tightening their back with no goals behind their custodians. The 27-year-old Brazilian forward Anderson Lopes will be expected to replicate last week’s feat.

Divided only by the goal difference, the clash between Kashima Antlers and Nagoya Grampus is the highlight of the week. The two are just three points away from third-placed Cerezo Osaka, the spot that guarantees high-stake ACL qualifiers. The host, Kashima come from two straight wins in the league after edging out Sanfrecce Hiroshima through Everaldo Stum screamer. With 13 goals to his bag, he is the Antlers’ marksman. Likewise, Nagoya put a halt to their nightmarish losing streaks after pipping out Vegalta Sendai on a single margin. The repetition of last week’s clean sheet would be indispensable to silence the host at their den.

After two games of trepidation, Kashiwa Reysol are back on track. Collecting all three points at the capital this week, they stand eighth on the ladder. Despite the tight fixtures, 33-year-old attacking midfielder, Cristiano da Silva’s mid-week brace is what Kashiwa pin their hopes on. The visitors, Shimizu S-Pulse, too, terminated their losing streak after sharing the spoils with Sagan Tosu last week. However, their winless streak of six is still a headache for the Australian gaffer Peter Cklamovski. Adopting a defensive approach to their games, occasional counters through forwards in Junior Dutra and Carlinhos would be the dim light of hope for Shimizu.

The marauders, Urawa Red Diamonds, will travel away from home to Showa Denko Dome Oita this week. They have fully savored their recent fixtures at home with two straight wins including a fascinating 3-1 triumph over Cerezo last week. The fiery arsenals of Reds have slotted nine goals in the last two games and Shinzo Koroki, who has been accountable for three of those, has been netting on all three of their recent outings. Meanwhile, Oita Trinita have not won in the past three games. With the sole goal during this period coming from an own goal by the opponent, Oita forwards Tatsuya Tanaka and Yuya Takazawa are in dire need to awaken from the silence.

Despite the scrapping of relegation this season, Shonan Bellmare’s recent improvement has been encouraging. They have been unbeaten for the past three games and now stand 16th on the table. Despite the setback of losing Naoki Ishihara, former Sevilla FC forward, Hiroshi Ibusuki, scoring his first goal of the season last week, is likely to nullify the gap. The travelers, Yokohama FC fell victim to Sapporo’s annihilation last week, and amending the defensive blunders would be the top priority.

At the bottom of the table, Vegalta Sendai are winless for the past 15 games. Their unyielding spirit was only marked by a dramatic defeat to Kobe and solidarity would be the only remedy for the injury-plagued wooden spoonist. On the other hand, opponents, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, were on the smiley end on the mid-week fixture, thumping Yokohama F. Marinos through Yuya Asano effort. The diminutive midfielder has been showing signs of improvement and would be vital for Hiroshima’s successful weekend outing.