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Kashima Antlers vs Nagoya Grampus – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on October 31!

It’s a Halloween highlight for J.LEAGUE fans around the world as Kashima Antlers host Nagoya Grampus on October 31st! Who will get a treat and who will be tricked in this sure-to-be-exciting Matchweek 25 matchup?

Be sure to visit our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel on October 31th at 17:00 JST to catch all the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE action!

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.

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ASIA: India, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, East Timor, Philippines, Bhutan, Myanmar, Maldives, Mongolia and Laos.
MENA: United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Chad, Djibouti, Mauritania, Somalia and South Sudan.
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2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE Sec. 27 Sapporo vs. Tosu venue confirmed

The venue for the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE Sec. 27 match between Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and Sagan Tosu will be as follows.

■2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE Sec. 27

Sec. Date KO Fixture Venue TV/Internet
(in Japan)
27 Saturday
14 November
14:00 Hokkaido
Consadole Sapporo
vs Sagan
Tosu
TBA

Sapporo Dome
DAZN

 

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2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE Sec. 31 F.C.Tokyo vs. Sanfrecce Hiroshima schedule confirmed

The schedule for the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE Sec. 31 match between F.C. Tokyo and Sanfrecce Hiroshima will be as follows.

■2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE Sec. 31

Sec. Date KO Fixture Venue TV/Internet
(in Japan)
31 TBA

Saturday
12 December
TBA

14:00
F.C. Tokyo vs Sanfrecce
Hiroshima
Ajinomoto
Stadium
DAZN

 

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Gamba Osaka climb up the ladder after weekend victory, while Nagoya Grampus qualify for redemptions

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 24 took place over the weekend. Gamba Osaka emerged victorious at home to climb up the table.

On a high tide with a strong current, Gamba Osaka housed Kashiwa Reysol at home. An opening own goal from Kashiwa custodian in the second half blew the lead for blue and black. Although top-scoring Michael Olunga punished the home side with an equalizer, Gamba’s expatriate counterpart, Ademilson slotted home before the whistle to seal the game. They are now undefeated for nine games and have overrun Osakan rivals, Cerezo Osaka to sit second on the table.

The two recent underperformers, Nagoya Grampus and Vegalta Sendai pitted at the Paloma Mizuho Stadium. Sho Inagaki’s deflected effort concluded to be decisive as it fooled the man between the sticks and confirmed their victory. With the weekend triumph, Nagoya have ceased their nightmarish losing streaks to just two, the feat which Vegalta failed to achieve since September. The away side are winless for 14 straight games. Meanwhile, slaying Urawa Red Diamonds called Cerezo Osaka to their den. Despite allowing a sloppy goal to determined Yuta Toyokawa, the slayers in Shinzo Koroki, Ryosuke Yamanaka, and Quenten Martinus pleased the home fans at the partially-filled Saitama Stadium 2002 with screamers. The come-from-behind victory and their recent four undefeated runs mean they are now eighth on the ladder. Cerezo Osaka lost for the first time in the past three games.

The lackadaisical blunder from Sanfrecce Hiroshima submitted all three points to the host, Kashima Antlers, as the experienced Brazilian forward, Everaldo Stum capitalized on the opening. At the Sapporo Dome, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo slaughtered visiting Yokohama FC with a three-goal haul from Anderson Lopes, Douglas Oliveira, and Takuro Kaneko.

This week, the AFC Champions League participants, FC Tokyo and Yokohama F. Marinos completed their league head-to-head in advance ahead of their international bout next month. The 2019 J1 League Champions, relished a comfortable four-goal victory away from home through Júnior Santos brace.

The struggling Sagan Tosu and Shonan Bellmare were in the limelight on Sunday as the sole fixture. The back-to-back fixture which they both shared the spoils on a goalless draw on Wednesday, failed to decide a clear winner with another draw at the Ekimae Real Estate Stadium. It was a spate of Shonan’s lead and Tosu’s equalizer with the first coming from Akimi Barada in the 20th minute. However, the pinpoint cross from Tosu midfielder, Daiki Matsuoka was delivered for former South Korean international, Cho Dong-geon to latch on for their first equalizer. The 29-year-old forward, Hiroshi Ibusuki again took the lead in the first stoppage-time, only to be nullified by Daichi Hayashi effort. The two are 15th and 16th respectively.

 

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Gamba Osaka vs Kashiwa Reysol – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on October 24!

Gamba Osaka and Kashiwa Reysol will go toe-to-toe at the Panasonic Stadium Suita in Matchweek 24—and global fans in certain markets will be able to tune in LIVE!

Be sure to visit our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel on October 24th at 16:00 JST to catch all the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE action!

Gamba are defeat-less for eight games and they invite Kashiwa Reysol to their den. The black and blue’s solid defense have only allowed four behind their net during this period and last week’s clean sheet feat is likely to nullify their previous lackluster three-goal defeat to Kashiwa in the previous meeting. The visitors’ recent struggle also convinces the home side’s conviction, with Kashiwa failing to register any win in their last two games – victimized by Shonan Bellmare outrage. Defensive amendments are a top concern for Nelsinho Baptista, albeit Ataru Esaka is a relief, scoring two goals against Gamba at their last meeting.

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MENA: United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Chad, Djibouti, Mauritania, Somalia and South Sudan.
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Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 24 Preview – Second-placed Cerezo Osaka lay Urawa in crosshairs to further league delight, while Sagan Tosu and Shonan Bellmare set for back-to-back fixtures

Six Meiji Yasuda J1 League matches of Match-day 24 will take place over the weekend, while the AFC Champions League participants have completed their weekly fixtures early on. Two months back, table leader Kawasaki Frontale drew with Vissel Kobe on a four-goal haul, and on Wednesday, FC Tokyo thumped Oita Trinita on a single margin and Yokohama F. Marinos annihilated Shimizu S-Pulse.

Second-placed Cerezo Osaka are visitors this week after two rounds of home victories that include a comfortable 4-1 victory over Yokohama F. Marinos with Hiroaki Okuno brace. The diminutive midfielder’s replication would prove to be decisive. However, the home side, Urawa Red Diamonds, are of no less, beating Vegalta Sendai on a six-goal rout. The 34-year-old forward, Shinzo Koroki has been a recent impetus to Urawa's success and will likewise be vital.

At the other ends of Osaka stand Gamba Osaka, the invincible ones. Gamba are defeat-less for eight games and they invite Kashiwa Reysol to their den. The black and blue’s solid defense have only allowed four behind their net during this period and last week’s clean sheet feat is likely to nullify their previous lackluster three-goal defeat to Kashiwa in the previous meeting. The visitors’ recent struggle also convinces the home side’s conviction, with Kashiwa failing to register any win in their last two games – victimized by Shonan Bellmare outrage. Defensive amendments are a top concern for Nelsinho Baptista, albeit Ataru Esaka is a relief, scoring two goals against Gamba at their last meeting.

A spot below Gamba on the ladder is fifth-placed Nagoya Grampus. Their recent form is worrying, however. After collecting all six points at home on their home fixtures, they failed to reproduce the undertaking at away, losing two of them including a mid-week defeat to F. Marinos. Despite the tight fixture taking its toll on players, on-form Brazilian winger, Mateus, is the one to pin their hopes on. The travelers’ 13-game winless streak is another relief for Nagoya. Visitors, Vegalta Sendai are the current wooden spoonist and are in dire need to overhaul their defense that has caused them a social media derision last week.

Another outfit coming off from the mid-week fixture is Kashima Antlers. They house Sanfrecce Hiroshima at home. This Wednesday’s victory against Vissel Kobe have upheld their quality, with Ayase Ueda finally terminating his month-long goal drought. However, it is too early for confetti as Hiroshima enter the weekend fixture after thumping Kobe as well. Former Club Brugge KV forward, Leandro Pereira, with ten goals to his bag, will be missed this weekend.

At the Sapporo Dome, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo host Yokohama FC after edging out Kashima last week. Their first clean sheet after six rounds of concession heralds the improvement, and the consistency would lead to more. Likewise, Yokohama travel to Hokkaido after pipping out FC Tokyo. Keeping the clean sheet for the last two matches have provided an impetus for the Takahiro Shimotaira boys, but Yusuke Matsuo injury would be a blow. Finding the winner last week, Yuki Kusano would be banked on once again.

The sole fixture on Sunday, Sagan Tosu and Shonan Bellmare play back-to-back and this time at the Ekimae Real Estate Stadium. The two sides shared the spoils on Wednesday without goals and decisiveness will be life-and-death for this weekend. Forwards in Daichi Hayashi and Tarik Elyounoussi of Tosu and Shonan respectively are set to make the difference.

 

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The invincibles, Kawasaki Frontale, take revenge on Nagoya Grampus to savor 11th consecutive victory, whilst thrusting Gamba Osaka extend defeat-less streaks to an ‘eight’

Match-day 23 of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League took place over the weekend and table leader Kawasaki Frontale thumped their nemesis, Nagoya Grampus.

Kaoru Mitoma latched onto the corner kick to blow the lead for the hosting Kawasaki Frontale minutes before the half-time whistle. The set-piece capitalization was ceaseless. 12 minutes into the second half, defender, Jesiel slotted home the header from a well-curved free-kick from the veteran midfielder, Kengo Nakamura, and later on, the Brazilian center-half again leaped two-feet high to slaughter the visitors and seal the 11th consecutive victory for Kawasaki. It was further marked as revenge from their previous defeat to Nagoya in August – the only outfit to have stolen all three points from Kawasaki this season. Toru Oniki’s boys have now amassed formidable 65 points and have furthered the gap from second-placed Cerezo Osaka to 17.

The chaser, Cerezo Osaka, were brought into the limelight as they clouted Yokohama F. Marinos at home during the sole fixture on Saturday. Hiroaki Okuno and Yuta Toyokawa were the heroes of the night, scoring two goals apiece. The former opened the account with an irrepressible header in the 10th minute and another an hour later. The former K.A.S. Eupen (Belgian First Division A) forward, Yuta Toyokawa displayed superb precision, bagging two goals, minutes after entering the pitch in the second half. It was four for Cerezo and consolation came in late at the stoppage-time, when ex-Osakan, Kota Mizunuma netted with an incisive header. Cerezo now stand second on the ladder geared by two recent victories.

Cerezo’s positional switch on the ladder was also boosted by the following day’s FC Tokyo misery. The Tokyoites traveled to Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium hoping for a seamless victory against Yokohama FC. However, both sides failed to find the net, till the 24-year-old forward, Yuki Kusano fired home the winner at the 88th minute, only for Tokyo defenders to rue. The capital outfit now stand at the third spot. Meanwhile, Gamba Osaka, at their pinnacle, emerged victorious against Oita Trinita at the Showa Denko Dome Oita through Patric screamer. Being defeat-less for the past eight fixtures, they jumped to fourth on the league.

Six-goal haul at the Saitama Stadium 2002 pleased the Urawa Red Diamonds fans amid the pandemic while visiting Vegalta Sendai were left in agony. The epitome of teamwork ensued early opening goal for Urawa through Kazuki Nagasawa. And the following set-pieces from pinpoint free-kick curled by Martinus to Shinzo Koroki spot-kick already sealed the game for the host in the first half. Three goals were never enough for the Reds, as they doubled the scoresheet through Koroki and Leonardo brace. At the Edion Stadium Hiroshima, host, Sanfrecce Hiroshima bagged all three points against the guest, Vissel Kobe. The video game-like fiery Sho Sasaki header was too hot for custodian Hiroki Iikura to handle. It was further extended when rugged forward Leandro Pereira blasted Herculean projectile on the top edge of the goal. An 84th-minute consolation from his Brazilian counterpart, Dankler came in, yet, it was 2-1 for the home side.

The sole goal from Yoshiaki Komai collected the win for Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo against Kashima Antlers, while Shimizu S-Pulse and Sagan Tosu drew at the IAI Stadium Nihondaira with Valdo and Daichi Hayashi scoring a goal apiece. The highlight of the week was marked when wooden spoonist, Shonan Bellmare secured a victory against Kashiwa Reysol to delineate their third win of the season. It was a dramatic win at the Shonan BMW Stadium Hiratsuka as they came-from-behind through Temma Matsuda and Naoki Ishihara to upset the visitors.

 

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Kawasaki Frontale vs Nagoya Grampus – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on October 18!

Kawasaki Frontale will host Nagoya Grampus this weekend at the Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium—and global fans in certain markets will be able to tune in LIVE!

Be sure to visit our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel on October 18th at 19:00 JST to catch all the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE action!

For every ten straight wins Kawasaki Frontale relish, comes Nagoya Grampus. League leaders Kawasaki house fourth-placed Nagoya at home after savoring their second ten-game winning streak of the season; the first of which was halted when the Red Wall (Nagoya) stood against them marking themselves as the only to have beaten the 62-pointers this season. The two sides’ previous head-to-head on game-week 12 was the witness of Nagoya’s rock-hard defense, edging out the visitors with a goal. This Sunday’s visitors aim to replicate their August success at the Toyota Stadium through on-form Brazilian diminutive forward Mateus.

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MENA: United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Chad, Djibouti, Mauritania, Somalia and South Sudan.
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Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 23 Preview – Kawasaki Frontale on trial as they face the Red Wall (Nagoya Grampus) for vengeance, whilst the two ends of the spectrum, Cerezo Osaka and Yokohama F. Marinos open the weekly fixtures

Match-day 23 of Meiji Yasuda J1 League will take place this weekend. As the league nears the final third of the season, teams strive for positive ends. League title and the AFC Champions League qualifiers spots are the motivators for the contestants.

For every ten straight wins Kawasaki Frontale relish, comes Nagoya Grampus. League leaders Kawasaki house fourth-placed Nagoya at home after savoring their second ten-game winning streak of the season; the first of which was halted when the Red Wall (Nagoya) stood against them marking themselves as the only to have beaten the 62-pointers this season. The two sides’ previous head-to-head on game-week 12 was the witness of Nagoya’s rock-hard defense, edging out the visitors with a goal. This Sunday’s visitors aim to replicate their August success at the Toyota Stadium through on-form Brazilian diminutive forward Mateus.

Earlier in the afternoon before the Kawasaki boys take on a mission to the uncharted soil, second-placed FC Tokyo travel to Yokohama. Mid-week outing witnessed Tokyo’s consolidated offensive display on top of their already solid defense; thumped a 3-1 victory over Shimizu S-Pulse through heroics in Kensuke Nagai, Kyosuke Tagawa, and Adaílton, easing the pain of Leandro’s absence this weekend. However, Yokohama FC display a stark difference by being winless for the past three games. None but the lackluster forwards of Yokohama are the main leads to foster changes.

The sole fixture on Saturday is the third-placed Cerezo Osaka hosting the other Yokohama outfit, Yokohama F. Marinos. On Wednesday, Cerezo’s Matej Jonjić screamer pipped out Shonan Bellmare to collect all three points at the Nagai Sports Ground minutes before the final whistle. Despite the poor recent form, the mid-week clean sheet is much to Osakans’ relief. The Miguel Ángel Lotina boys will seek to capitalize on the empty backyards left by Yokohama’s high lines; pacey winger Hiroshi Kiyotake will be the key pillar for Cerezo attacks. The opposition, meanwhile, seek to conclude their week-long Osaka trip with a victory after sharing the spoils with the other Osakan outfit on Wednesday. Intimidating Cerezo’s congealed defense will be the task for travelers and Marcos Júnior with 11 goals to his name this season is the player to pin their hopes on.

At the other end of Osaka is Gamba Osaka contesting against Oita Trinita. Gamba are in good shape with 19 points collected in the past six matches and they are unlikely to be interrupted. Former FC Bayern Munich loanee, Takashi Usami has heralded signs of recovery; likely to be vital for Gamba’s away triumph. As Osaka embark on an away quest, Oita are relieved to be home. The weekend’s host have not won a single game in their past two outings away from home. However, a last-minute equalizer on Wednesday could dispense impetus for the hopeful Oita.

With two recent victories, Kashima Antlers enter the weekend fixture against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo lighthearted. The fiery artilleries with five goals in their last two fixtures are critical for Kashima to further their streak, especially with Hokkaido’s staggering defense that conceded three goals to Nagoya. For Consadole, fresh university graduate custodian, Kojiro Nakano, is the dim light of hope.

At the Shonan BMW Stadium Hiratsuka, Kashiwa Reysol are the visitors at Shonan Bellmare’s den. Leading to the weekend fixture, Kashiwa earned a point at home drawing with Urawa Red Diamonds. Raiding incisive three goals in the last two games, Ataru Esaka is the marksman to exploit on lurching Shonan. Sapporo’s defensive blunders were at least compensated with occasional three points and compared to Bellmare, they are at a much better place. Losing six games straight, Shonan failed to find the net against Cerezo on Wednesday. The poor offensive display has been a persistent issue with them despite the tenacious defense; attacking amendments are of utmost priority.

The mid-table runner, Urawa Red Diamonds invite Vegalta Sendai at home. The Reds finally seem to have gained equilibrium at the back with two defeat-less games recently. The 34-year-old forward, Shinzo Koroki, shoulders the pressure to replicate this Wednesday’s goal-scoring form. The yellow and blue, however, are still under precariousness; have been winless for the past 12 outings. Pulling off their first clean sheet on Wednesday after ten games of concession fiesta was a comfort, yet mediocre attacking maneuver resulted in zero goals in the past two fixtures. Perpetuating the improved defensive outcome and ameliorating the languished offense through Portuguese import, Alexandre Guedes would prove to be decisive.

The mid-week defeat to Kawasaki have marked Sanfrecce Hiroshima nothing but an extra to Frontale’s momentous ten-game winning streak filled with confetti. Hiroshima’s relatively menial winning streak paused at two too. And the incensed Sanfrecce eye on home victory against Vissel Kobe this weekend. To do so, rectifying their defensive howlers that have allowed two goals on both of their past two games is the top priority. A win for Hiroshima would mean a positional shift on the ladder with the visitors. Kobe are winless for the past two outings, albeit resting the main squad on a mid-week fixture is a sole relief. The nimble attack through Kyogo Furuhashi is one way to fracture Hiroshima’s damaged defense.

The two teams relieved by scrapping of relegation this year - Shimizu S-Pulse and Sagan Tosu - will grapple at the IAI Stadium Nihondaira. They have lost consecutively five and four games respectively and Shimizu will accentuate this game on overhauling their torn apart defense, conceding 13 in five matches. Meanwhile, Tosu are challenged at the other end, scoring just a goal in the last four fixtures. The two sides’ recent head-to-head ended in a 1-1 draw and only revamp to their chronic issues would see one above the other.

 

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Unreachable Kawasaki Frontale ease past Sanfrecce Hiroshima for a second ten-game winning streak, while Gamba Osaka share the spoils with Yokohama F. Marinos

Match-day 22 of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League took place on the 14th of September and table leader, Kawasaki Frontale’s pounding over Sanfrecce Hiroshima hallmarked their second ten wins in a row this season.

56th minute Leandro Damião stunner broke the deadlock for Kawasaki, while Kaoru Mitoma sealed all three points just before the whistle. With ten games winning streak, Kawasaki now stand on top with 62 points, 15 points above second-placed FC Tokyo. The chaser too, threw confetti, upon thumping Shimizu S-Pulse 3-1 at home through Kyosuke Tagawa, Kensuke Nagai, and Adaílton.

With the recent stagger, Cerezo Osaka barely bagged home victory when wooden spoonist Shonan Bellmare visited last night. The sole goal from Matej Jonjić during injury-time terminated their two games of losing streaks. However, the AFC Champions League qualifiers spot is at risk as Nagoya Grampus gained the impetus through 3-0 (Ryogo Yamasaki, Mateus, and Sho Inagaki) beating against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo. Grampus now stand fourth on the ladder, three points short of Cerezo with a game played less.

Visitors, Kashima Antlers took full advantage of teetering Sagan Tosu through Ryōhei Shirasaki and Tomoya Inukai, as they collected three points at the Ekimae Real Estate Stadium. The draw at the Panasonic Stadium Suita between Gamba Osaka and Yokohama F. Marinos also meant Antlers now stand sixth on the table, overtaking F. Marinos. The visiting team, Yokohama, took the lead in the 26th minute yet, Takashi Usami spot-kick before the half-time whistle shared the spoils for the two.

On a match-day filled with peaceful draws, Vissel Kobe were part of the contingent despite Noriaki Fujimoto lead; drew with Oita Trinita after conceding a late goal. The two forwards of each side - Ataru Esaka (Kashiwa Reysol) and Shinzo Koroki (Urawa Red Diamonds) dazzled with a goal apiece but none was better than the other as they too, drew. Meanwhile, the match between Vegalta Sendai and Yokohama FC ended in a goalless draw after 90 minutes of hustle.

 

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Kashiwa Reysol vs Urawa Reds – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on October 14!

It’s a midweek battle between Kashiwa Reysol and Urawa Red Diamonds in the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE and global fans in certain markets can catch all the action on our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel!

The match kicks off at 19:00 JST on October 14th, so be sure to mark your calendar!

After a slight staggering in September, Kashiwa Reysol are back on track, winning the last two matches. The front three in Michael Olunga, Ataru Esaka, and Cristiano have set their crosshairs against the visitors, Urawa Red Diamonds. For Urawa, custodian Shusaku Nishikawa is trusted to nullify those efforts. Shusaku has conceded just two goals in the past three outings.

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ASIA: India, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, East Timor, Philippines, Bhutan, Myanmar, Maldives, Mongolia and Laos.
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Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 22 Preview – Second ten-match winning streak for Kawasaki Frontale to be determined at the Edion Stadium Hiroshima, while invigorated Gamba Osaka seek to replicate curtain-raiser triumph against the defending champion

Match-day 22 of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League will take place on the 14th of October.

Runaway league leader Kawasaki Frontale have not lost a point since the end of October (Match-day 13) and will try to replicate their previous ten-game winning streak earlier this season when they meet Sanfrecce Hiroshima at the Edion Stadium Hiroshima this Wednesday. Their previous meeting, last month, ended in an annihilating 5-1 rout for the league leader, buoyed by Ao Tanaka brace. And to save themselves from shame at home, Hiroshima are spirited with two straight wins ahead of the fixture. For the fiery Hiroshima, scoring three goals in each of their past two outings, tightening the backyard against the league’s most-scoring Kawasaki is no secret to mid-week victory.

Meanwhile, Kawasaki chaser, second-placed, FC Tokyo failed to extend their winning streaks to three when they were edged out by Gamba Osaka last weekend. Despite conceding just a goal in the past three fixtures, they have only managed to net two against the opponents; attacking rectification is in dire need. On the other hand, travelers, Shimizu S-Pulse are troubled with their fully-exposed defensive errors from set-pieces. Currently a spot above bottom-ranked Shonan Bellmare, Shimizu are pointless for the past for matches. Likewise, defensive improvements are vital for away success.

Thirty minutes after Tokyo-Shimizu kick-off herald the clash between Cerezo Osaka and Shonan Bellmare. The home side come off from excruciating league defeats against Kawasaki and Nagoya Grampus. Hiroaki Okuno, being the sole scorer for Cerezo in the past two fixtures, fan favorites Bruno Mendes and Hiroshi Kiyotake are demanded goals. The artilleries are no better with the guest. The current wooden spoonist, Shonan, have lost all five recent matches with just a goal to their name. With five goals to his name, forward, Naoki Ishihara shoulders the pressure to intimidate Cerezo’s hard-rock defense.

Gamba Osaka are recently the Frontale of the Kansai region. Bagging all 18 points in the past six fixtures, Gamba are formidable. The solid defense with just three goals behind their net during this period has been the springboard for Osakans’ victories. It would be pivotal for their defense to retain the current form against the explosive forwards of Yokohama F. Marinos and exploit the openings. Meanwhile, F. Marinos have gained an impetus with a 4-0 defeat against Oita Trinita last weekend. Having lost their curtain-raiser match against Gamba, Yokohama are highly-spirited to take revenge. Brazilian forward Erik has been a performer this month and more goals could push Yokohama further up the table.

At the Paloma Mizuho Stadium, Nagoya Grampus house Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo. Grampus pipped out Cerezo last week to ride on a winning streak. Nagoya’s pragmatic approach has been picking up points in the league and solidifying their on-form defense would be the key this Wednesday. However, Nagoya are not the only team hoping to extend the streak. Mid-week opponent, Sapporo visit Nagoya after earning their first three points in five matches. Scoring a multiple last week, Takuro Kaneko is the player to watch.

After a slight staggering in September, Kashiwa Reysol are back on track, winning the last two matches. The front three in Michael Olunga, Ataru Esaka, and Cristiano have set their crosshairs against the visitors, Urawa Red Diamonds. For Urawa, custodian Shusaku Nishikawa is trusted to nullify those efforts. Shusaku has conceded just two goals in the past three outings.

2018 AFC Champions League winner, Kashima Antlers travel mid-week to restart their winning streaks after a dramatic defeat at home against Yokohama FC last weekend. Defensive amendments are a top concern for the Antônio Carlos Zago boys, having conceded two early goals last week. However, host, Sagan Tosu’s poor offensive records are a relief. The home side have been winless for the past four games with three defeats recently. Netting just two goals in the last four outings, forwards with the likes of Renzo López and Tiago Alves are given the wake-up call.

The seven-goal haul at the Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium last week capped Vissel Kobe’s winning streaks to four. Firing eye-pleasing 15 goals in the past five games with the Spaniard, Andrés Iniesta spearheading the lead, scoring is not a problem for Kobe. However, their often uncovered defense remains to be trouble. Sharing the sentiments are the away side, Oita Trinita, conceding four past the net last week against Yokohama F. Marinos. ‘Patience’ will need to be instilled in all members to cease Kobe’s perfervid attacks; finding a winner through counterattacks led by pacey forward, Tatsuya Tanaka will be the rosy picture for Oita.

For Vegalta Sendai, it is a relief relegation has been scrapped this season. With a one-nil defeat against Kawasaki last week, Vegalta are now winless for 11 games. Single goal concession last week was the dim light of hope for the host and repetition of last week’s solidarity may guarantee all three points at the Yurtec Stadium Sendai. Meanwhile, 14th-placed Yokohama FC visit Sendai heavy-hearted after allowing a traumatizing come-from-behind win to Kashima last week. Manager Takahiro Shimotaira is tasked to remedy his fractured defense that has allowed three goals in each of the past two outings.

 

J1 LEAGUE

Gamba Osaka win crucial match against FC Tokyo. Unbeatable Kawasaki Frontale grabs nine consecutive win.

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 21 took place on the 10th of October and saw several “one-nil” results.

Table leaders Kawasaki Frontale hosted Vegalta Sendai. The home side managed to take the lead through veteran Yu Kobayashi in the 41st minute, and won 1-0. They have achieved nine consecutive victories, already cashed in 59 points and solidified their position on the top of the table.

FC Tokyo could not keep up with the table’s leaders. They hosted Gamba Osaka at home, and lost 1-0. Although they are still in second place, the gap spread to 15 points. On the other hand, Gamba Osaka, who have earned 18 points in the last six games have moved up to fourth place. The other Osaka team, Cerezo, traveled to Nagoya Grampus. The visitors conceded just before the end of the game and lost 1-0.

Yokohama F.Marinos enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 victory over Oita Trinita. Erik snatched two goals. Kashiwa Reysol topped Vissel Kobe 4-3 with braces by Olunga and Ataru Esaka.

Kashima Antlers conceded two goals to visitors Yokohama FC. However, Everaldo retuned one back in the 58th, and the home side equalized the game through an own goal in the 88th minute. Finally, Kei Koizumi found the net in the 92 minutes to complete a dramatic comeback and seal a 3-2 victory.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima traveled to Shimizu S-Pulse. Tsukasa Morishima opened visitor’s account in the 13th minute. Although they conceded an equalizer, Leandro Pereira helped them to retake the lead again in the 51st minute, and in the 75th minute, Hayao Kawabe made it 3-1. Shimizu returned one back, but to no avail.

Urawa Reds played at Sagan Tosu. In the 93rd minute, Koya Yuruki broke the deadlock and gave Reds the three points, stopping their losing streak at three and moving up to ninth place. Finally, Consadole Sapporo defeated Shonan Bellmare 2-1 with Takuro Kaneko's brace, their first victory in five games.

 

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F.C.Tokyo vs Gamba Osaka – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on October 10!

Don’t miss this MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE match between F.C.Tokyo and Gamba Osaka on Matchweek 21!

Global fans in certain markets will be able to catch this broadcast on the official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel on October 10th at 14:00 JST.

Fourth-placed Gamba Osaka’s away trip to the capital city is the fixture under the limelight. Spirited FC Tokyo come off from three straight away wins that include Levain Cup semi-final fixture against Kawasaki; they have not conceded a single goal during this period. Tokyoite’s hard-rock defence will be tested this week as the on-form Osakans are prepared to extend their league winning streaks to six, having fired nine goals in the past five fixtures. Notably, 34-year-old forward, Kazuma Watanabe has been responsible for close to half (4 goals) of the bundle and will remain key to narrowing the gap on the ladder with the other Osaka outfit and FC Tokyo.

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Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 21 Preview – Flying high Kawasaki Frontale welcome staggering Vegalta Sendai at home, while Gamba Osaka contest FC Tokyo for sixth straight victory

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 21 will take place on the 10th of October.

Table leader Kawasaki Frontale house Vegalta Sendai at home after securing all three points at the Nagai Sports Ground last week – their eighth straight victory. Despite the mid-week Levain Cup setback, ‘focus’ is all Kawasaki need to strive for the league title. Meanwhile, visitors, Vegalta Sendai have been winless for the past ten games as last week’s two-goal lead came to naught when they conceded two sloppy goals to earn merely a point at the Sapporo Dome. Allowing three goals behind their net last week, Vegalta’s management of their fully exposed back-four against the fiery artilleries of Kawasaki is the top concern.

Fourth-placed Gamba Osaka’s away trip to the capital city is the fixture under the limelight. Spirited FC Tokyo come off from three straight away wins that include Levain Cup semi-final fixture against Kawasaki; they have not conceded a single goal during this period. Tokyoite’s hard-rock defence will be tested this week as the on-form Osakans are prepared to extend their league winning streaks to six, having fired nine goals in the past five fixtures. Notably, 34-year-old forward, Kazuma Watanabe has been responsible for close to half (4 goals) of the bundle and will remain key to narrowing the gap on the ladder with the other Osaka outfit and FC Tokyo.

A home defeat against the league leader meant reallocation on the ladder was unavoidable for Cerezo Osaka; repetition of last week’s lackluster defeat may see them further down the table in weeks to come. Cerezo visit the Paloma Mizuho Stadium this week and defensive amendments are a top priority for the anxious Osakans that have conceded nine in the past four outings. On the other hand, Nagoya Grampus enter the fixture lighthearted, pipping out Urawa Red Diamonds; rekindling the flame on the title race. Having won only on alternate game weeks since September, can Nagoya further their momentum?

Another compelling fixture is the drowning Yokohama F. Marinos versus rising Oita Trinita. The host suffered two home defeats in a row; a league defeat against Vissel Kobe on a five-goal haul and Leavin Cup semi-final misery by Kashiwa Reysol. Honing their arsenals would be the foremost priority as plenty of chances were missed only to be rued. And the rising Oita Trinita are prepared to leverage F. Marinos’ flaws and register their third consecutive victory. Tatsuya Tanaka, with seven goals to his name this season, the diminutive midfielder will be vital for another Oita success away from home.

Buoyed by last week’s annihilating three-goal rout against F. Marinos and the mid-week Leavin cup outing, Kashiwa Reysol welcome Vissel Kobe at home. Having gained the impetus, the Nelsinho Baptista’s boys aim to replicate them at the Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium. However, the contestant is no less. The past four fixtures have seen them collect all 12 points after Thorsten Fink’s departure and the Spaniard, Andrés Iniesta, will again be pivotal for Kobe’s away victory.

A rank below Kashiwa on the ladder is the 2018 AFC Champions League winner Kashima Antlers. Unlike their status, Kashima have failed to bag any point in the past two outings and are rearing for the weekend’s fixture against Yokohama FC. The silent Kashima ordnance with no goals in the last two games may need a wake-up call. The travelers too were defeated in the previous fixture (0-3 Kashiwa Reysol). Defensive rectification after conceding three last week would be the key focus for Yokohama.

Meanwhile, at the west bank of Japan, Sagan Tosu invite Urawa Red Diamonds at home. Tosu are winless for the past three match-weeks and lost the past two games conceding three and two each. Faced with congested league fixtures, vanquishing the plight are Tosu’s main objective this season. Visitors, Urawa are no better. Losing all three of their recent fixtures at home, Reds have not scored a single goal during this period. Manager, Tsuyoshi Otsuki will be counting on forwards Shinzo Koroki and Leonardo to break the silence.

At the IAI Stadium Nihondaira, Shimizu S-Pulse host eleventh placed Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Shimizu, like many other lower-ranked teams, have failed to collect any points in the past three fixtures. Defensive amendments are of top concern for S-Pulse, having conceded the most number of goals in the league this season. The visitors, Hiroshima, aim to extend their last week’s victory to a continuity. The 25-yard assassinator, Toshihiro Aoyama is the key player-to-watch.

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo whet themselves for another Sapporo cinematic fixture at home. The 15th placed Sapporo will house bottom-of-the-table, Shonan Bellmare. Sapporo, despite being winless for the past four outings, resilience was what packed the Sapporo Dome last week – removing a two-goal deficit to equalize the match. The revitalized cannonries were of relief for the Hokkaido side and the Brazilian forward Anderson Lopes holds the key to unlocking the yearned victory at home. Meanwhile, bottom-placed Shonan Bellmare are not only point-less but goalless for the last four fixtures. It is a mystery whether their resurrection would find its way this weekend.

 

J1 LEAGUE

Kawasaki Frontale emerge triumphant on a high-stakes fixture, while Vissel Kobe seal fourth consecutive wins at the Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 20 took place on the 3rd and 4th of October with Kawasaki Frontale claiming the high-stakes match.

The unreachable leader, Kawasaki Frontale, traveled west for an away fixture against the chaser, Cerezo Osaka. The visitors took an early lead through Ayumu Seko’s poacher-like own goal in the first half. Despite the setback, the Osakans proved resilience with a 62nd minute equalizer at the same spot where they inadvertently allowed the lead. Twenty minutes of unfruitful exchanges continued and the Brazilian assassinator, Leandro Damião came on from the bench to wind up the children’s fight. Dubbed as Solskjær, a minute was all he needed to blow the lead for Frontale. Toru Oniki’s second-half tactical substitutions kept proving right. Another second-half substitute, Kaoru Mitoma slotted home another to seal the game for Kawasaki a minute after the Brazilian. With the victory, Kawasaki have now reached a phenomenal eight winning streaks and sit comfortably at the top with 56 points, 14 above Cerezo.

The other end of Osaka was, however, filled with confetti. Gamba Osaka edged out the visitors, Kashima Antlers, at home through Patric and Kazuma Watanabe efforts. Having gained their momentum towards the end of September, Gamba have now clinched their fourth consecutive victory with a jump to fifth. Meanwhile, Kashiwa Reysol bagged all three points at the Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium with J1 league top scorer, Michael Olunga brace prompting an annihilating 3-0 victory against Yokohama FC. At the Edion Stadium Hiroshima, Sanfrecce Hiroshima trio, Yuya Asano, Shunki Higashi, and Toshihiro Aoyama grieved visiting Sagan Tosu with a goal apiece.

Had the social media outrage thanks to a six-goal haul on Saturday afternoon equated to an outpour of rain, the 19-year-old fixed roof of Sapporo Dome would have been torpedoed. An hour before the highlighted fixture between Cerezo and Kawasaki came another all-or-nothing fixture between Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and Vegalta Sendai. The host took the lead through Anderson Lopes header to cap off the first half one-nil. And minutes after the second-half whistle, Alexandre Guedes took advantage of the dismantled Sapporo defence to equalize the heated fixture and heralded goals aplenty to come. Guedes headed another to bring back the lead, while Yasuhiro Hiraoka seemed to have sealed the game with another. However, Keiya Shiihashi howler bestowed impetus for the host and Daiki Suga’s 15-yard screamer nullified the visitors’ efforts. The eye-pleasing fixture saw both sides sharing the spoils. At the Showa Denko Dome Oita, Oita Trinita prevailed against Shimizu S-Pulse with Tatsuya Tanaka winner.

Travelers, FC Tokyo, were at Shōnan this weekend to conclude their week-long spate of away trips (a series of away fixtures saw Tokyo at three different cities in a week). The journey was marked fruitful with Adaílton firing home three points against Shonan Bellmare. The two consecutive wins sprang the capital outfit just below Kawasaki with 44 points.

The much-anticipated fixture between Yokohama F. Marinos and Vissel Kobe was goals galore with Edigar Junio latching onto the pinpoint cross to volley home at just third minute. However, his compatriot, Douglas equalized virtually immediately outwitting the back-three and the custodian to silence the fan-filled Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium. And minutes later, fan-favorite, Andrés Iniesta converted the spot kick to take the lead. The Spaniard, despite standing at twilight of his career, proved he wasn’t here for holidays. Working industriously in the middle, the La Masia graduate expropriated from the opponent to provide an entry pass which saw Kyogo Furuhashi extending the lead. Despite allowing a late consolation to F. Marinos, Kobe remained dominant and bagged home the win to elongate their back-to-back wins to four. Meanwhile, Nagoya Grampus arose victorious at their away trip to Saitama through Mu Kanazaki header in the 54th minute against Urawa Red Diamonds. It was their first away win since Game-week 11. Grampus now stand fourth on the ladder with 36 points.

 

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Cerezo Osaka vs Kawasaki Frontale – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on October 3!

It’s a clash between MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE heavyweights as league leaders Kawasaki Frontale visit Cerezo Osaka at the YANMAR STADIUM NAGAI!

Global fans in certain markets will be able to catch this MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE broadcast on the official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel on October 3rd at 15:00 JST.

The highlight of the weekend fixtures is the second-placed Cerezo Osaka’s redemption attempt against the formidable, Kawasaki Frontale, to close the 11-point gap.

A do-or-die for Cerezo, six points are at stake for the Miguel Ángel Lotina’s boys. A win at the Yanmar Stadium Nagai would narrow the gap to eight, while a loss would widen to a devastating 14. Having lost a humiliating defeat of 5-2 to Kawasaki last August, ‘redemption’ is the key-word for the Osakans; to do so, keeping Kawasaki’s impeccable arsenals at bay with the Cerezo-like defense and finding a winner through artisan Hiroshi Kiyotake would prove to be decisive.

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J1 LEAGUE

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 20 Preview – Cerezo Osaka on a do-or-die mission to impede Kawasaki Frontale, while Vissel Kobe outing at the Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium likely to be eye-pleasing

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 20 will take place on October 3 and 4.

The highlight of the weekend fixtures is the second-placed Cerezo Osaka’s redemption attempt against the formidable, Kawasaki Frontale, to close the 11-point gap.

A do-or-die for Cerezo, six points are at stake for the Miguel Ángel Lotina’s boys. A win at the Yanmar Stadium Nagai would narrow the gap to eight, while a loss would widen to a devastating 14. Having lost a humiliating defeat of 5-2 to Kawasaki last August, ‘redemption’ is the key-word for the Osakans; to do so, keeping Kawasaki’s impeccable arsenals at bay with the Cerezo-like defense and finding a winner through artisan Hiroshi Kiyotake would prove to be decisive.

Another fixture-to-watch is Yokohama F. Marinos and their welcome guest, Vissel Kobe, with both teams unbeaten for the past five and three matches respectively – Kobe unbeaten since the former manager, Thorsten Fink’s departure. Both teams swaggering flamboyant attacking display, their last head-to-head resulted in a six-goal haul of 3-3 draw. With two of J1 League’s best foreign talents – Erik (Yokohama F. Marinos) and Andrés Iniesta (Vissel Kobe) anxious to wow the fans, goals are promised to be aplenty on Sunday’s fixture.

Fans with Sunday afternoon family plans are not to be disappointed; an hour ahead of the F. Marinos-Kobe clash is the third-placed FC Tokyo’s trip to Shōnan, just four days after edging out Urawa Red Diamonds on Wednesday. The tight schedule may solicit respited players - Diego Oliveira and Adaílton – to play crucial roles. Meanwhile, current wooden spoonist, Shonan Bellmare enter the fixture with fractured ordnance, failing to score in the past three games. Bellmare’s top-scorer with five goals in the bag, 36-year-old forward, Naoki Ishihara remain key to dissolving Tokyo’s rock-hard defense.

Recently, the Toyota Stadium has become Nagoya Grampus’ den to its visitors. Winning all three of the recent home games, Nagoya have built their fortress. Despite the home success, the Grampus’ away trips have been a fiasco. With home and away games occurring alternately each week, Nagoya have failed to gain the momentum for a leap. This week, Nagoya travel away to Saitama Stadium 2002 to shatter the intimidating record; to do so, Grampus’ silent mid-week forwards need to show stark differences. The host, Urawa, are no different, with two recent home fixtures accounting to naught. The 2019 J2 League top-scorer, Leonardo bears the onus to make the difference, despite a goalless drought of seven.

A month-long joy filled with seven consecutive wins ended for Kashima Antlers when Oita Trinita ashamed them at home; an away trip to Gamba Osaka is a chance for vindication. It won’t be an easy task for Kashima as they face a congealed opponent with just 23 goals behind their net this season and only an element of surprise at the final third would secure all three points at the Panasonic Stadium Suita. Meanwhile, Gamba Osaka have begun to replicate their 2008 AFC Champions League-winning outfit, winning the last three matches. The black and blue defense led by Korean International, Kim Young-gwon is ever equanimous and the forwards have been decisive on goal.

Having walked away with three points at the Saitama Stadium 2002 last week through Yusuke Matsuo brace, Yokohama FC house Kashiwa Reysol. The possession football has been clicking recently and their repetition of earlier victory against Kashiwa could provide an impetus for the second half of the race. For Kashiwa, they seek to dust off from last week’s defeat to another Yokohama at home. Although Olunga stunner after two games of silence was a relief, defensive amendments are exigent.

At the west, Sanfrecce Hiroshima host Sagan Tosu after a painful defeat at home. Converting just one out of 16 shots last week, budding Yuya Asano and Tsukasa Morisaki are pressed for results. Tosu come off with a mid-week draw against Yokohama F. Marinos, being defeatless for two games. A structured and consistent quality display is what marked the Kim Myung-hwi’s boys this season and Tosu sensational, right back, Ryoya Morishita with a goal apiece in the past two fixtures is a player to watch.

September has been a promise for Oita Trinita, collecting four wins in the last five games that include sixth-placed Kashima. Forwards with the likes of Tatsuya Tanaka and Yuya Takazawa will continue to play vital roles for their weekend fixture against Shimizu S-Pulse. Shimizu, on the other hand, must be relieved by the absence of relegation this season, having come off with just three points in September. Allowing 45 goals behind their net this season, Shimizu have conceded the most number of goals than any others. Defensive revamps are urgent as the weekend’s fixture could prove to be a watershed point for the S-Pulse, having won them head-to-head previously.

Two other outfits relieved to have ensured their stay in the J1 League encounter at the Sapporo Dome. Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo’s three consecutive defeats have plunged them into 15th spot, while Vegalta Sendai have been dispensing three points home and away for the past six matches. It is the fight of a blunt sword and a damaged shield; Sapporo have not scored in the past three outings, while Sendai have been conceding 16 in the past six. Their last meeting ended in a four-goal haul with a draw, yet, both teams are rearing for a victory.

 

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Details of the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE announced the details of the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE matches scheduled from November onwards. Please see below links for details.

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE

  Announcement Details
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 26th-34th sec.* ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
・TV/Internet Broadcast
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 30th – 42nd sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venue
・TV/Internet Broadcast
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 25th – 34th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
・TV/Internet Broadcast

*Include matches rescheduled due to change in the AFC Champions League 2020 schedule and due to COVID-19 (sec.7 Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs. Nagoya Grampus/sec.11 Vegalta Sendai vs. Sagan Tosu/sec. 25 Kawasaki Frontale vs. F.C. Tokyo).

 

J1 LEAGUE

[Meiji Yasuda J1 League Monthly Report: September] Kawasaki Frontale consolidate top position with all six wins, while Erik pushes the defending champ up the ladder

Six match-days of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League were held in September, with a few teams playing more to offset the postponed games due to the AFC Champions League (ACL) fixtures and COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless, Kawasaki Frontale remained the dominant.

Table leader, Kawasaki, won all six matches with goals galore – netted three or more times in five fixtures. The Frontale artilleries, Yu Kobayashi and Leandro Damião led the scoresheet, while budding Kaoru Mitoma and Reo Hatate rose to further the gap by 11 points. As the league stands at mid-point, October could prove to be decisive, if they are to remain prevalent.

Kawasaki’s closest contender, second-placed Cerezo Osaka’s endeavor for a perfect month only busted when Kashima Antlers and FC Tokyo burst the bubble. Conceding six goals in the past three fixtures, repairing the impaired defence would be a top priority for the Osakans to chase the race.

A tough and busy fixture awaited FC Tokyo in September as the capital team played eight games in 25 days. Despite the hectic schedule, the 2019 J1 League runner-up cruised seamlessly with 16 points in their bag. However, consistent display of top performance would be an issue for Tokyo as they failed to impress against Sagan Tosu with a landslide defeat and against Cerezo despite the victory.

Tokyo can’t grumble over their congested September with Yokohama F. Marinos. Having played the quarter-final of J. League Cup ahead of eight league games that include contenders with the likes of Kawasaki Frontale, Nagoya Grampus, and Cerezo Osaka, the Marinos kicked off with three consecutive losses to embark on their hard-pressed month. Yokohama, however, briskly picked up to collect four wins and a draw from the remaining fixtures, with Brazilian forward, Erik netting on all four victorious occasions. The diminutive forward fired eight goals in the past six matches and more from the loanee could see Yokohama further their Champions League presence to next year.

Nagoya Grampus’ inconsistent display dropped their rank down to fifth, while Kashima Antlers’ annihilating five wins extended their winning streaks to seven to join the race for the Champions League play-off spots.

Star-struck Vissel Kobe showed signs of promises with the departure of Thorsten Fink. The seven-goal haul at the Noevir Stadium Kobe against Sagan Tosu under the interim manager concluded Kobe’s seven winless runs, while newly-appointed Atsuhiro Miura brought home two wins in the following fixtures. The 2019 Emperor's Cup winner with the excellence of Andrés Iniesta could bring turbulence to the already tumultuous league race.

After a month-long absence due to the positive COVID-19 cases within the team, Sagan Tosu returned to register an exhilarating victory against Yokohama FC. Despite the tight fixtures, Tosu secured three wins and two draws with youngsters providing the impetus for progress.

Meanwhile, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, Shimizu S-Pulse, and Vegalta Sendai remain grappling at the bottom of the table. Having lost all six games with 16 goals behind their net, defensive amendments are imperatives for Sendai if they wish to avoid replicating Shonan Bellmare nightmare, who collected zero points in August. Likewise, the Bellmare are still the wooden spoonist in the league, with three losses right after clinching their second league win against Gamba Osaka. Firing just 14 goals throughout the season, improvement in attacking display is of top concern for the Bin Ukishima’s side.

Amongst all, a historic moment was witnessed at the Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium, as Yokohama FC’s Kazuyoshi Miura at 53 years 6 months and 28 days of age was named on the starting line-up against Kawasaki Frontale on match-day 18 to become the oldest player in the J1 League history. A star since the league’s inception in 1993, the living legend has marked another historic milestone to champion the way.