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2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE Matches rescheduled

The 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE matches which were postponed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been rescheduled as follows.

■2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE matches rescheduled

Sec. Date KO Fixture Venue TV/Internet
(in Japan)
12 Wednesday
16 September
19:30 Sagan Tosu vs Hokkaido
Consadole Sapporo
EKI.S DAZN
10 Wednesday
7 October
19:00 Sagan Tosu vs Gamba Osaka EKI.S DAZN
11 Sunday
8 November
TBD Vegalta Sendai vs Sagan Tosu TBD DAZN

*Further details will be announced in early October.

 

J1 LEAGUE

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 14 Preview – Yokohama F.Marinos and Kawasaki Frontale promise some exciting football, while Sagan Tosu return to the field for the first time in a month

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 14 will take place on September 5. The big match of this weekend is the Kanagawa derby between Yokohama F.Marinos and Kawasaki Frontale. Since both the defending champions and current league leaders boast great attacking ability, we should expect an exciting match with a lot of goals.

Yokohama F.Marinos are unbeaten in four matches, in which they scored 14 goals. The fitness of last year’s MVP Teruhito Nakagawa is improving, and he could play a crucial role in this showdown. Meanwhile, Kawasaki crushed Shimizu S-Pulse 5-0 last week and Vissel Kobe 6-0 on Wednesday in the Levain Cup quarterfinals. Their key player is Kengo Nakamura, who just returned from injury and has already scored a goal.

Cerezo Osaka sit in second place and are chasing Kawasaki Frontale. The Osakans host Urawa Reds, led by Hiroshi Kiyotake, who has now scored in two consecutive matches. Urawa showed that they are in decent form as they defeated Oita Trinita last week. Leonardo has scored seven goals in the last seven matches and could be a major threat to Cerezo’s solid defense.

Third-place FC Tokyo will face Oita away after defeating Gamba Osaka last week, thanks to a great performance from their foreign attackers. On top of the powerful Brazilians, Shuto Abe showed his quality in the Levain Cup quarterfinals in midweek. Oita are winless in three matches now. They took the lead against Urawa last week but failed to defend it and succumbed in the end. Better defense will be required against FC Tokyo.

Fourth-place Nagoya Grampus are unbeaten in three matches in which they have not conceded any goal. Since they have problems producing goals, attackers like Naoki Maeda need to step up to help their team. The away side Kashima Antlers achieved two wins in a row. Expectations are high for Shoma Doi, who scored a brace last weekend.

Kashiwa will travel to Shizuoka to meet Shimizu S-Pulse. Olunga is still in great form, but there is an increasing number of injuries among Reysol defenders, so the quality of the performance of the substitutes will be decisive. Shimizu’s struggle continues, after losing the last three matches in which they conceded 12 goals. If they are unable to address their defensive issues, this week’s match might be another difficult one.

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo are winless in six matches, although they managed to keep a clean sheet last week. To overcome the current hardship, the continuity of good defensive work will be a key. Their opponents Sanfrecce Hiroshima are also struggling and have not won in the last four matches. They too need to reduce the number of goals conceded to put an end to their winless streak.

Vegalta Sendai are in poor form, failing to win in the last three matches, but drew 1-1 with Hiroshima as veteran midfielder Shingo Hyodo scored a crucial goal in his first appearance of the season. Away side Gamba Osaka also have not enjoyed a win in their last three matches in which they conceded seven goals. Some defensive tune up is clearly needed.

Shonan Bellmare currently sit at the bottom of the table after losing six consecutive matches. The main problem is their poor attacking ability, which is proven by the fact that they failed to score a goal in four of the last six matches. Since their game against Tosu was postponed, this is the first match in two weeks for them. Taking advantage of the rest, Shonan hope to beat the opponents with working rate. Vissel Kobe are undefeated in three matches but failed to win the last two. On the last match-day, they scored two goals late in the game to snatch an equalizer. Although there could be some lack of confidence after losing 6-0 to Kawasaki in the Levain Cup, Andrés Iniesta’s comeback from injury is surely great news for Vissel.

Sagan Tosu return to the field for the first time in a month. Due to positive cases of COVID-19 in the team, they were unable to continue their activity and their last four matches were postponed. After facing such difficulty, Tosu seem highly motivated to show their quality. Their opponents Yokohama FC’s three-match winning streak stopped last week when they were defeated by Cerezo Osaka. In that game they could not get in their rhythm after conceding early, so this time their approach to the game could prove crucial.

 

League Cup

Get ready for a “Tamagawa Classico” in the semifinals! Yokohama F.Marinos and Kashiwa Reysol also advance

The quarterfinals of the J.League YBC Levain Cup took place on September 2nd and determined the semifinalists through single-match ties.

Last year’s winners Kawasaki Frontale overwhelmed Vissel Kobe. After Yu Kobayashi scored a brace already within 13 minutes, Manabu Saito, Akihiro Ienaga, Yasuto Wakizaka and Taisei Miyashiro relentlessly extended the lead it to make the final score 6-0.

2019 runners-up Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo got closer to the semifinals when Yoshiaki Komai broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute against Yokohama F.Marinos, but the defending league champions equalized through Jun Amano’s strike in the 77th minute. The game went to penalty shootout, and Yokohama came out as winners who will advanced to the next round.

Kashiwa enjoyed a comfortable win over Cerezo Osaka, thanks to Hiroto Goya’s first-half goal, followed by Ataru Esaka’s brace. FC Tokyo also reached the semifinals by topping Nagoya Grampus 3-0, with Shuto Abe scoring two goals.

 

League Cup

2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP -Yokohama F・Marinos, Kashiwa Reysol, Kawasaki Frontale and F.C. Tokyo qualify to the Semi-finals-

Following the results of the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Prime Stage held today, Yokohama F・Marinos, Kashiwa Reysol, Kawasaki Frontale and F.C. Tokyo will qualify to the semi-finals. The semi-finals will be held on Wednesday 7 October.

■2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Prime Stage

■Prime Stage Semi-Finals

Date KO Fixture Venue TV/Internet
(in Japan)
Wednesday
7 October
19:00 Yokohama
F・Marinos
vs Kashiwa Reysol NHK SPRING .F TBD
19:00 Kawasaki Frontale vs F.C. Tokyo Todoroki


●Prime Stage Tournament Format

●8 teams (5 qualified teams and 3 teams participating in the ACL) will play a knockout format.

●Quarter-final / Semi-final (Wednesday 7 October)
The match shall be of 90 minutes duration. If the score is level at the end of the 90 minutes, the winner is decided by penalty kicks.

●Final (Saturday 7 November 2020 at Japan National Stadium)
The match shall be of 90 minutes of duration. If the score is level at the end of the 90 minutes, then an additional 30 minutes of extra time is played. If the score at the end of extra time is still at level then the winner is decided by penalty kicks.

 

League Cup

Titleholders Kawasaki face Emperor’s Cup winners Kobe while finalist Sapporo challenge defending J.League champions Yokohama F.Marinos

The quarterfinals of the J.League YBC Levain Cup will take place on September 2. The winners of the single-match knockout ties will advance to the semifinals.

Kawasaki Frontale will try to keep their hope of back-to-back Levain Cup titles alive away at Vissel Kobe. Last year’s winners registered two wins and a draw in the group stage, while scoring ten goals. Their great form in the league should give them a boost in this competition as well. Current top scorer Kaoru Mitoma is expected to be a key player.

Meanwhile, this is the first Levain Cup match of the season for the AFC Champions League participants Vissel Kobe, who are unbeaten in their last three league games. They might rotate some players due to the intense schedule, but that could mean great opportunities for youngsters who are not playing very often in the league. Kawasaki and Kobe have just met in the league on August 26 and drew 2-2. This time, it will have to end with a winner.

Last season’s finalists Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo host Yokohama F.Marinos. Although the home side advanced to the quarterfinals by earning seven points out of nine in the group stage, they are struggling in the league, being winless in six matches, including a defeat against Yokohama F.Marinos. As Sapporo are conceding too many goals, their defensive unit will be under the microscope. Yokohama F.Marinos are improving their form in the league, scoring 14 goals in the last four matches. They might change their lineups, but their momentum and attacking style could give them an edge.

Cerezo Osaka face Kashiwa Reysol at home. The host won all three group stage matches while conceding only one goal. Their solid defense is hard to beat as repeatedly seen in the league. The performance of Osaka’s youngsters such as Jun Nishikawa deserves a lot of attention. Kashiwa also earned nine points in the previous stage, patiently winning close matches. Since there are several injuries in the defensive department, replacement players need to step up to maintain the level of quality. The performance of attackers such as Hiroto Goya, whose playing time in the league has been limited so far, could also prove to be important.

The match between FC Tokyo and Nagoya Grampus is expected to be a close competition as both are in fine form and boast solid defense and speedy attack. It is hard to predict the lineups in the midst of the tight schedule, but both teams have a lot of talent in their ranks. As their latest meeting dated August 15, which was won 1-0 by FC Tokyo, this is expected to be a match that keeps the viewers on the edge of their seat until the end.

 

J.LEAGUE News

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE Fukushima United FC vs FC Gifu to resume

The 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE match between Fukushima United FC and FC Gifu, which was suspended on Saturday 22 August due to thunderstorm during half-time, will resume in the second half on Wednesday 9 September with the score 0-2, the score as it stands.

■2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE match

Sec. Date KO Fixture Venue
11 Wednesday
9 September
15:00 Fukushima
United FC
vs FC Gifu TOHO S.

 

J1 LEAGUE

Kawasaki Frontale continue their incredible run, while Yokohama F.Marinos and Kashima Antlers show signs of comeback [Meiji Yasuda J1 League Monthly Report: August]

A total of six match-days of Meiji Yasuda J1 League were played in August. Let’s look back at how teams did during this busy month in the midst of the summer heat.

Kawasaki Frontale’s dominance continued. Although their winning streak that had started on Match-day 2 came to an end when they suffered a defeat at the hands of Nagoya Grampus on Match-day 12, they kept earning points in August, adding another five wins, a drew and a loss (including the already played Match-day 24 against Vissel Kobe). Their amazing firepower was confirmed by them scoring five or more goals in three matches during this period. In addition to Leandro Damião and Yu Kobayashi, the rookie duo of Kaoru Mitoma and Reo Hatate is also producing a considerable number of goals. With Kengo Nakamura also scoring to celebrate his comeback from injury, Kawasaki’s incredible run earned them an eight-point lead at the top of the table, and it won’t be easy for any of their rivals to catch them.

Second-place Cerezo Osaka are another team that showed continuity, registering four wins, a drew and a loss in August. Their big defeat against Kawasaki Frontale on Match-day 11 was hard to swallow, but they displayed their solid defense in all other matches. Their attacking ability is also improving, thanks to the good form of Hiroshi Kiyotake and Bruno Mendes, which is good news for Cerezo ahead of September, a crucial month if they want to try to chase up Kawasaki.

Kashima Antlers and Yokohama F.Marinos showed signs of comeback in August, as both won four matches. Kashima are starting to thrive as the team adapts to Zago’s new style of football and Everaldo finally shows his quality. While Atsuto Uchida’s retirement could have an impact on the team, players like Shoma Doi and rookie Itsuki Someno have become important to keep up the good form for the rest of the season.

Defending champions Yokohama F.Marinos’ attacking power is on fire again, with 14 goals scored in the last four matches. New signing Júnior Santos had an immediate impact, and last year’s top scorer duo Marcos Junior and Teruhito Nakagawa are improving their form. Although the number of goals conceded is a concern, F.Marinos performance in recent matches suggest there are chances to see them joining the title race.

Yokohama FC are another team that had a good August. They had a three-match winning streak, beginning with the victory against Shonan Bellmare on Match-day 10. The return to a back-four system worked well and attackers such as Yusuke Matsuo are thriving. If they maintained their form, they could become the dark horse of the season. 

Meanwhile, Gamba Osaka, Vissel Kobe and Sanfrecce Hiroshima have struggled to earn points. Shimizu S-Pulse, who once looked like they were past the worst time, are back in a tough situation again after three consecutive defeats.

The two teams that had the worst August are Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and Shonan Bellmare, both unable to register a single win. Sapporo had two draws and four defeats, while Shonan lost all of their five matches.

Sapporo’s defense needs a serious makeover after conceding three goals or more in four matches, and the departure of Musashi Suzuki might have a big impact on the rest of the season. Shonan, in addition to defensive problems are also experiencing issues in their attacking department, failing to score in four out of five matches. If they cannot find solutions soon, the struggle could last for the rest of the season. 

The Four matches involving Sagan Tosu, those between Match-days 10 and 13, have been postponed after several players and staff of the club tested positive for COVID-19.

As for individual performances, Kashiwa’s Olunga is drawing a lot of attention. The Kenyan striker scored in seven consecutive games from Match-day 5, netting six goals in six matches in August. Nagoya’s Naoki Maeda impressed against Urawa Reds on Match-day 9 by scoring four goals in the same game, and Urawa’s Leonardo and FC Tokyo’s Leandro are constantly increasing their goal tallies. This year’s race to become the top scorer will surely be tough!

 

 

J.LEAGUE News

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE Kagoshima United FC vs Iwate Grulla Morioka rescheduled

J.LEAGUE has announced that the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE match between Kagoshima United FC and Iwate Grulla Morioka, scheduled for Wednesday 2 September at 19:00 JST, has been rescheduled to Thursday 3 September at 17:00 due to Typhoon Maysak.
 
■Match rescheduled
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE Sec. 13

Date KO Fixture Venue
Wednesday
2 September

Thursday
3 September
19:00

17:00
Kagoshima
United FC
vs Iwate Grulla
Morioka
Shiranami Sta

 

J1 LEAGUE

Kengo Nakamura joins in as Kawasaki Frontale nets five. Vissel Kobe vs Yokohama F.Marinos thriller ends up with a draw.

Week 13 of Meiji Yasuda J1 League took place over the 29th and 30th August weekend. Kawasaki Frontale defeated Shimizu S-Pulse and secured their first place in the table.

Frontale, who hosted Shimizu S-Pulse, took the lead in the 21st minute through a goal from Reo Hatate. Leandro Damião made it 2-0 in the beginning of the second half, and Reo Hatate scored again in the 74th Minute. In the end, the table leaders extended their tally to five, thanks to goals from veteran Kengo Nakamura, who has recovered from injury, and Kaoru Mitoma.

FC Tokyo traveled to Gamba Osaka. The away side’s striker, Diego Oliveira found the net early, in the 8th minute. Although Tokyo conceded an equalizer, the Brazilian re-established their lead in the 73rd. And eight minutes later, another Brazilian, Adailton, got another, sealing the capital team’s 3-1 final victory, that also meant a move up to third place. Urawa Reds, who hosted Oita Trinita, conceded the lead, but goals from Leonardo and Daiki Hashioka led them to a 2-1 victory.

Vissel Kobe and Yokohama F.Marinos were involved in a fierce duel. The home side were down 3-1, but thanks to their tenacity and two very late goals, they managed to tie the match - Kyogo Furuhashi with the final equalizer. Kashima Antlers traveled to Kashiwa Reysol. The visitors went one man up in the first half, when a red card was shown to Shunki Takahashi. Nonetheless, as Reysol’s Olunga netted a brace, Antlers were one goal down as the match approached its final minutes. But in the 89th minute, they were back in the game, thanks to a goal from Shoma Doi, who just 2 minutes later, added one more to claim the three points.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima took the lead with Leandro Pereira early into the game, but conceded in the 72th minute and shared points with Vegalta Sendai. The match between Consadole Sapporo and Nagoya Grampus ended up in a goalless draw 0-0. 

Finally, Cerezo Osaka traveled to Yokohama FC. Hiroshi Kiyotake  was in great form, he found the net and led the Osakans throughout the match. In the 58th minute, Bruno Mendes extended the lead. Though they conceded one, Cerezo grabbed their second consecutive win. They now count 27 points and are still in second place. This game also marked the end of Yokohama FC’s their four-game winning streak.

The match between Shonan Bellmare and Sagan Tosu has been postponed due to COVID-19. 

 

J.LEAGUE News

LIVE | F.C.Tokyo vs Nagoya Grampus | 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP

Global fans can catch a LIVE broadcast of the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP quarter-final between F.C.Tokyo and Nagoya Grampus on our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel, airing on September 2nd at 19:00 JST!

*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan and Thailand*

We hope you will join us for this Prime Stage matchup and be sure to follow all of our international social media channels to stay connected to the latest news, highlights, and much more from J.LEAGUE!

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J.League Official Facebook account (English)
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J.LEAGUE News

LIVE | Cerezo Osaka vs Kashiwa Reysol | 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP

Global fans can catch a LIVE broadcast of the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP quarter-final between Cerezo Osaka and Kashiwa Reysol on our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel, airing on September 2nd at 19:00 JST!

*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan and Thailand*

We hope you will join us for this Prime Stage matchup and be sure to follow all of our international social media channels to stay connected to the latest news, highlights, and much more from J.LEAGUE!

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J.League Official Facebook account (English)
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J.League Official Twitter (English)
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J.League Official Homepage (English)
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J.LEAGUE News

LIVE | Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo vs Yokohama F・Marinos | 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP

Global fans can catch a LIVE broadcast of the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP quarter-final between Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and Yokohama F・Marinos on our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel, airing on September 2nd at 19:00 JST!

*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan and Thailand*

We hope you will join us for this Prime Stage matchup and be sure to follow all of our international social media channels to stay connected to the latest news, highlights, and much more from J.LEAGUE!

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmQp6ZaAejJKKkXc_Y_lh1A

J.League Official Facebook account (English)
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J.League Official Twitter (English)
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J.League Official Facebook account (Thai)
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J.League Official Homepage (English)
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J.LEAGUE News

LIVE | Vissel Kobe vs Kawasaki Frontale | 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP

Global fans can catch a LIVE broadcast of the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP quarter-final between Vissel Kobe and Kawasaki Frontale on our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel on September 2nd at 19:00 JST!

*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan and Thailand*

We hope you will join us for this Prime Stage matchup and be sure to follow all of our international social media channels to stay connected to the latest news, highlights, and much more from J.LEAGUE!

J.League Official YouTube channel (International)
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J.League Official Facebook account (English)
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J.League Official Twitter (English)
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J.League Official Homepage (English)
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J.LEAGUE News

2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Prime Stage to be broadcasted overseas

J.LEAGUE has announced that the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Prime Stage will be available for viewing worldwide.

In Thailand, SIAMSPORT, which provides the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE on their digital platform, will also provide all seven matches of the Prime Stage. In addition, the J.LEAGUE International (J.LEAGUE Official YouTube Channel) will provide the matches to all areas excluding Japan and Thailand. This will enable us to provide football fans in Thailand and all around the world to enjoy the J.LEAGUE and their players even more this season.

The quarter-finals will be broadcast live on both SIAMSPORT and J.LEAGUE International. Further details on the semi-finals and the final will be announced as soon as they are determined.
 

Region Broadcasting Network Subject Competition
Thailand SIAMSPORT
https://www.siamsport.co.th/home
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP
Prime Stage
All 7 matches
Worldwide excluding
Japan and Thailand
J.LEAGUE International
https://www.youtube.com/c/JLEAGUEInternational


Matches below will be broadcast live on both SIAMSPORT and J.LEAGUE International.
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Prime Stage Quarter-finals
Wednesday 2 September at 19:00 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo vs Yokohama F・Marinos at Atsubetsu
Wednesday 2 September at 19:00 Cerezo Osaka vs Kashiwa Reysol at YANMAR STADIUM
Wednesday 2 September at 19:00 Vissel Kobe vs Kawasaki Frontale at NOEVIR.S
Wednesday 2 September at 19:00 F.C. Tokyo vs Nagoya Grampus at Ajinomoto
*Broadcasting details for the Semi-final and the Final: TBD

 

J.LEAGUE News

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE FC Gifu vs Blaublitz Akita postponed

J.LEAGUE has announced that the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE match between FC Gifu and Blaublitz Akita, scheduled for Sunday 30 August 2020 at 18:00 JST, has been postponed due to thunderstorm.
 
■Match postponed
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE Sec. 12

Date KO Fixture Venue
Sunday
30 August
18:00 FC Gifu vs Blaublitz
Akita
Nagaragawa

 

J.LEAGUE News

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE Kataller Toyama vs Vanraure Hachinohe postponed

J.LEAGUE has announced that the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE match between Kataller Toyama and Vanraure Hachinohe, scheduled for Saturday 29 August 2020 at 18:30 JST, has been postponed due to thunderstorm.
 
■Match postponed
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE Sec. 12

Date KO Fixture Venue
Saturday
29 August
18:30 Kataller
Toyama
vs Vanraure
Hachinohe
Toyama

 

J.LEAGUE News

8/29 Matsumoto Yamaga FC vs Tokushima Vortis - Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on August 29th!

The J.League International YouTube channel broadcasts a free J2 match every round.

On August 29th, we will offer the match between Matsumoto Yamaga FC and Tokushima Vortis, which is part of the J2 League Match-day 15!

Third place Tokushima travel to Matsumoto and are undefeated in six games in a row. In the previous match they managed a dramatic come-from-behind win against JEF United Ichihara Chiba. Expectations are high for Yuki Kakita, who has so far performed greatly throughout the season. On the other hand, Matsumoto are winless in the last two games and dropped to 19th place. They conceded a late equalizer in their previous the match, played against Kyoto Sanga F.C. Their Brazilian star Serginho has been improving, but can Matsumoto also display a steady defense?

The kick-off is at 18:00 (Japan time) on Saturday, August 29th.

Click here to watch!


*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan*

 

J1 LEAGUE

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 13 Preview – Yokohama FC houses Cerezo Osaka and eyes fourth consecutive victory, whilst J1 League ‘Clash of the Titans’ between Emperor's Cup winner and League champ ready to wow the fans

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 13 will take place on August 29 and 30.

Kawasaki Frontale seek to arise from the two winless runs, as they host Shimizu S-Pulse at the Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium this Saturday. Despite the record, Kawasaki proved its sharpness with an unyielding late equalizer against Vissel Kobe during the mid-week fixture, whilst budding youngsters with the likes of Reo Hatate’s improvement was the silver lining for Frontale amid the congested fixture. Meanwhile, Shimizu head east with an impending need for defensive rectification that cost them two games and seven goals.

Cerezo Osaka depart Yanmar Stadium Nagai, buoyed by the latest victory against Vegalta Sendai, after a mind-boggling defeat to Frontale. Hiroshi Kiyotake, with a goal to his name last week, will be the household name for Cerezo’s journey to Yokohama, whilst his counterpart, Yusuke Minagawa sharpens his blades, bagging two goals in the past two games. The host has been undefeated for the previous three fixtures, with the return to back-four proving to be the solution for them.

Nagoya Grampus travel north to face Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, following a narrow victory against Kawasaki last week. The consistent nimble attacking display and solid defense will be crucial for Nagoya’s mission to accomplish third consecutive league wins at the Sapporo Dome, where the fortress is on the verge of a breakdown. Sapporo suffered another heavy defeat mid-week at the Nissan Stadium, aggravating its winless run to five. Hokkaido manager, Mihailo Petrović’s time ticks as the Serbian seeks to repair the fractured defense that cost them 26 goals, by far the most in the league.

FC Tokyo leave the capital to pit against Gamba Osaka as it wishes to brush off from the regretful home defeat (1-2 Kashima Antlers) this Wednesday. Pressures lie on the top performer, Leonardo, to pull Tokyo’s good form on track from its first deviation in the last five outings. Gamba dropped to seventh on the ladder after garnering just a single point in the last two fixtures. A high-level of concentration is demanded from the black and blue, who failed to bring home the three points with an injury-time concession.

Kashiwa Reysol’s goalless draw with Oita Trinita last week saw both sides sharing the spoils, as the rugged Kenyan forward, Olunga failed to extend his traits as the marksman. Being responsible for half of Kashiwa’s total goals scored this season, the former Girona FC player will be on the center stage during the fixture. Contrastingly, their counterpart, Kashima Antlers make a fresh entry to the Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium with a victory over at the capital city on Wednesday. However, more goals are needed from the Brazilian duo, Juan Alano and Everaldo, if Kashima wish to replicate their jovial victory mid-week.

Vissel Kobe’s weekend fixture against Yokohama F. Marinos is the island’s ‘Clash of the Titans’. The last season Emperor’s Cup winner, Kobe will house J1 League champ F. Marinos at the Noevir Stadium Kobe. Both sides’ recent resurgence in the league is a positive sign for the fans highly anticipating for this Saturday’s clash. The ‘Community Shield replay’s outcome may well depend on the foot of each team’s Brazilian forwards, Douglas and Júnior Santos.

Urawa Reds’ winning streak came to a halt as Thorsten Fink’s side surged from their recent poor performances. Improved showing is highly demanded from Urawa’s forwards, albeit Thomas Deng’s magnificent consolation, if they seek to reclaim their last league silverware in 2006. Visitors, Oita Trinita arrive at Saitama Stadium 2002 with five points in their bag from the past three games. With only a goal behind their net from those games, the solid defensive display will again be paramount for this week’s outing.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s fragmented defense inflicted three goals in each of their past two outings, with their last win coming on as far as three weeks ago. A robust defensive display is the first assignment for Hiroshima. Meanwhile, their counterpart, Vegalta Sendai’s state of affairs isn’t any better, with no wins in the last two games. Vegalta currently sits 15th on the ladder, just two spots above the relegation zone, if it were to be enforced. More goals are needed from the forwards as Vegalta struggles to find the net.

The match between Shonan Bellmare and Sagan Tosu has been postponed due to confirmed positive COVID-19 cases among the Tosu players and staff.

 

J1 LEAGUE

Atsuto Uchida announced his retirement.

Kashima Antlers announced on the 20th of August that defender Atsuto Uchida is retiring. His contract with Kashima expires on August 31st, 2020, and on the 23rd, Uchida gave to his fans a farewell message after the end of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League match against Gamba Osaka.

Uchida joined Kashima Antlers in 2006 from Shimizu East High School. Having played as a regular since the first season, he contributed to three consecutive J1 title from 2007. In 2008 and 2009, he was selected in the J.League Best Eleven. After having played in Germany for FC Schalke 04 (2010-17) and 1.FC Union Berlin (2017-18), he returned to Kashima in 2018.

In his 15 years career, he played 147 games and scored 3 goals in total in J.League (as of August 20, 2020). He also played 74 games and scored two goals for the Japanese national team, and participated in two World Cups, in 2010 and 2014.

 

J1 LEAGUE

Nagoya Grampus halts Kawasaki Frontale’s eleven consecutive league wins. Former Japanese International, Atsuto Uchida, sets up Kashima Antler’s equalizer on his last game.

Week 12 of Meiji Yasuda J1 League was held over the 22-23 August weekend.

Shimizu S-Pulse and Yokohama FC raised the curtain for this week’s J1 League with goals galore. The visitors, Yokohama FC, took the early lead with a 25-yard stunner from Koki Saito. Although the 19-year-old forward’s effort was nullified by Shota Kaneko at the 44th minute, the pinpoint cross from Maguinho saw Yusuke Minagawa netting the goal before the half-time whistle. However, Yokohama FC were unsatisfied with the lead. The 48th-minute penalty box clearance from Masahiko Inoha saw Yusuke Matsuo extending the lead in just 14 seconds. S-Pulse closed the gap with a long-range effort from Ryo Takeuchi in the additional time, but the game was for Yokohama. The whistle was blown to see the host winning three games consecutive with a jump to 10th place for the time being. The home team suffered back-to-back defeats.

At the Toyota Stadium, Kawasaki Frontale rued over their missed chances, as the host, Nagoya Grampus squeaked by them to frustrate any hope of breaking the longest winning streak in J1 League. It was the table-leaders’ first defeat of the season. Meanwhile, Vegalta Sendai traveled south to rectify its J. League Cup misses against Cerezo Osaka earlier this month. However, the disappointment was replicated for the yellow and blue as the 60th minute winning goal from Tatsuhiro Sakamoto stamped another victory for the Osakans. The host maintained their second place on the ladder.

A convincing win was witnessed at the Ajinomoto Stadium as FC Tokyo stunned Shonan Bellmare with a three-goal haul. Kensuke Nagai’s volley into an empty goal set the stage for the host’s fascinating victory. Colored by Diego Oliveira and Daichi Hara’s finishing touches, the capital city shone with red and blue. The Hiratsuka-based team remained the wooden-spoonist of the table with their six consecutive defeats.

Last year’s second runners-up, Kashima Antlers invited the 2008 AFC Champions League champions, Gamba Osaka. The last-minute equalizer from Kashima’s Tomoya Inukai shared the spoils for both sides. Notably, the former Japanese International, Atsuto Uchida, who called time on his career, came in on as a 16th-minute substitute for his last professional match. The 32-year-old displayed his presence with a set-up for the goal.

At the Saitama Stadium 2002, Urawa Red Diamonds hosted Vissel Kobe with hopes to jump to an AFC Champions League spots. However, a goal from Australian International, Thomas Deng was not enough to clinch any point, as the visitors netted twice through Keijiro Ogawa and Hotaru Yamaguchi. Meanwhile, Yokohama F. Marinos’ Brazilian trio, Marcos Júnior, Júnior Santos, and Erik dazzled the fans with each of them marking their names on the scoresheet. F. Marinos defeated Sanfrecce Hiroshima by 3-1. The game between Oita Trinita and Kashiwa Reysol ended as a goalless draw, with Kashiwa's Michael Olunga failing to extend his goal streaks past eight games.

The match between Sagan Tosu and Consadole Sapporo has been postponed due to COVID-19.