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2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE Fukushima United FC vs FC Gifu suspended

J.LEAGUE has announced that the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE match between Fukushima United FC and FC Gifu, which was taking place on Saturday 22 August from 15:00 JST, has been suspended after the first 45 minutes due to thunderstorm.

■Match suspended
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE Sec. 11

Date KO Fixture Venue
Saturday
22 August
15:00 Fukushima
United FC
vs FC Gifu KoriyamaSeibu

 

J.LEAGUE News

Renofa Yamaguchi vs FC Machida Zelvia – Free Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube channel on August 22nd!

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

On this Saturday, we will broadcast a game from Match-day 14, Renofa Yamaguchi vs FC Machida Zelvia!

Yamaguchi host Machida! In the previous match, the home side lost to Thespakusatsu Gunma, once again failing to win a second game in a row. As they conceded the decisive goal at the end of the game, this time they will have to make sure they stay fully focused until the final whistle. Machida have not won for the last five matches, however they managed a good draw with Jubilo Iwata in their last game, and stopped their losing streak at four. Unfortunately for them, they still score very few goals, and they will need to be more aggressive to create some problems to their opponents.

The kick-off is at 19:00 (Japan time) on Saturday, August 22nd.

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*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan*

 

J1 LEAGUE

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 12 Preview – Can Kawasaki Frontale reach 11 victories in a row? Kashiwa’s striker Olunga as well challenges the J1 record of consecutive goals.

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 12 will take place on August 22 and 23.

Kawasaki Frontale, who just set a new J1 record with 10 consecutive victories, will travel to the Toyota Stadium to face Nagoya Grampus. The table leaders in the previous round, defeated second place Cerezo Osaka 5-2. With Yu Kobayashi in top form, attackers Kaoru Mitoma and Leandro Damião complete a great attacking trio. Their astonishing offensive football will be their weapon to overcome Nagoya. The home side grabbed three points from the match versus Shonan Bellmare and moved up to third place. They showed resilience throughout the 90 minutes, and won with a goal at the very end of the game. Nagoya have conceded only eight goals in total, which makes them the best defensive pack in the league.

Cerezo Osaka, who experienced a big defeat in Kawasaki, have three days to recover, reorganize, and vent out their frustration in this next round. Expectations are high for manager Lotina. Their rivals Vegalta Sendai have the advantage of coming into this game well rested, since their previous match was postponed and could take a break for a week. However, Vegalta’s attackers need to be inspired in order to top Cerezo’s solid defence.

Urawa Reds moved up to fourth place with two consecutive victories. In this round they will host Vissel Kobe. Their defensive stability has improved, and their offense is gaining momentum. Leonardo who has scored in five games in a row, Aims to be yet again their crucial player. On the other hand, Kobe dropped down to 10th place with no wins in the last three games. Although they can find the net, they concede goals too easily. The condition of Andres Iniesta, who picked an injury in the last game, is also a reason for concern. Expectations are high for Goke Yuta who has shown encouraging signs of improvement.

Kashiwa Reysol will visit Oita Trinita, and of course, All eyes are on Olunga. He has scored  in seven games in a row, and if claims at least one this time as well, he will equal the J1 achieved by Julio Salinas in the 97-98 season, when he scored in eight consecutive matches. Oita showed signs of recovery, and are undefeated in the two previous games, after losing five in a row. They drew 1-1 at Consadole Sapporo in the last round, conceding an equalizer at the end of the match. This time they will surely care to be fully focused until the final whistle.

Kashima Antlers meet Gamba Osaka at home. After struggling in the beginning of the season, they seemed in better shape, but in the last game they lost 1-0 against Yokohama FC. The pressure is on their attackers, who could not find the net in the previous, match. Gamba lost 3-1 against Urawa Reds in the last round, in a game where they could not get into a rhythm and missed several chances. They’ll need to do better to get a positive result out of this match.

FC Tokyo will host Shonan Bellmare. In the previous round, they couldn’t keep the lead and shared points with Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Their offense, featuring Leandro who has scored in two games in a row, is performing well, but their usually solid defense was shaky and needs to regroup. Shonan are at the bottom of the table after five consecutive losses. They can make chances, but can’t turn them into the desired results. Naoki Ishihara, who scored four goals in total despite often being isolate up front, is the one they rely upon for this match.

Yokohama F.Marinos face Sanfrecce Hiroshima at home. In the previous match, they obtained three points against Shimizu S-Pulse, and it was their first victory in three games. It is good news for them  that the new faces Júnior Santos and Daizen Maeda, who joined this summer, already seem to be in good shape. On the other hand, Hiroshima in three last match equalized in additional time to draw with FC Tokyo. They surely hope to display the same tenacity, and grasp their first victory in three games.

Shimizu lost in their last match, and it was their first time in six games. it will be necessary to improve their defense, which conceded four goals. Yokohama FC have been in good shape, with two consecutive victories. In the previous match, they obtained their first clean sheet of the season and defeated Kashima. They now hope for their third consecutive victory.

The match between Sagan Tosu and Consadole Sapporo is postponed due to several players and staff of the home side testing positive for COVID-19.

 

J.LEAGUE News

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE Shonan Bellmare vs Sagan Tosu postponed

J.LEAGUE has announced that the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE match between Shonan Bellmare and Sagan Tosu, scheduled for Saturday 29 August 2020 at 19:00 JST, has been postponed.

Tosu has suspended their activities until Tuesday 25 August under guidance of the public health center in response to the COVID-19 cases confirmed within the club, and it was decided that there is not enough time to adequately prepare to play against Shonan. The latest PCR tests were done on Monday 17 August for 123 people associated with Tosu, including players, staff and family members, and all have come back negative the next day.

■Match cancelled
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE Sec. 13

Date KO Fixture Venue
Saturday
29 August
19:00 Shonan
Bellmare
vs Sagan Tosu BMW.S Hiratsuka

 

J1 LEAGUE

Kawasaki Frontale set a new J1 record with 10 consecutive victories by defeating second place Cerezo Osaka. Yokohama F.Marinos prevailed in the “family affair” against Shimizu S-Pulse.

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 11 took place on the 19th of August. Table leaders Kawasaki achieved a new J1 record of 10 consecutive victories through a crucial win against Cerezo Osaka.

Kawasaki Frontale hosted Cerezo Osaka. The home side conceded the lead in the 7th minute, but Yasuto Wakizaka pulled one back in the 21st. Kawasaki Frontale then took the lead through a goal from Akihiro Ienaga before the end of the first half, and added three more in the second half, to win the match 5-2. They now have 31 points in 11 games, 10 more than second-place Cerezo.

Nagoya Grampus, traveled to Shonan Bellmare, and returned with three points thanks to a late own-goal. They now count 20 points and moved up to third place. Urawa Reds were at Gamba Osaka and took the lead with a goal from Takahiro Sekine in the 24th minute, before Leonardo added one in the 34th. In the second half, Yuki Muto scored a third goal. Although Reds conceded one, they won the match and moved up to fourth place thanks to two consecutive wins.

Vissel Kobe hosted Kashiwa Reysol. Away side Kashiwa were leading the game 2-1 with goals from Shuto Nakama and Olunga. However, they conceded an equalizer in the 89th minute. When the game seemed over, Masatoshi Mihara found the winning goal for Reysol in the 94th minute. Sanfrecce Hiroshima met FC Tokyo at home. They were down 3-2, but Hayao Kawabe equalized in the 96th minute, saving his team from defeat.

Yokohama F.Marinos, traveled to Shimizu, where they won the match 4-3. New faces Júnior Santos and Daizen Maeda, who joined this summer, proved their value. Consadole Sapporo vs Oita Trinita ended in a 1-1 draw. The away side took the lead with a goal from Kohei Isa just before the end of the first half. But in the 89th minute, Lucas Fernandes found the net and made it 1-1. Finally, Yokohama FC managed to get through without conceding a goal and beat Kashima Antlers 1-0.

The match between Vegalta Sendai and Sagan Tosu was postponed due to several players and staff of the visitors testing positive for COVID-19.

 

J.LEAGUE News

Albirex Niigata vs Kyoto Sanga F.C. - Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube channel on August 19th!

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

In Match-Day 13, 8th place Albirex Niigata will host 6th place Kyoto Sanga F.C!

Kyoto could not win in the last two games and dropped to 6th place. In this round, they will visit Niigata. The Old Capital team needs to strengthen their defense which conceded seven goals in the last three matches. On the other hand, Niigata lost to Fagiano Okayama in the previous round and failed to collect points for the first time in nine games. Can newcomer Takuya Ogiwara, coming from Urawa Reds, bring new energy to the team?

The kick-off is at 19:00 (Japan time) on Wednesday, August 19th.

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*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan*

 

J1 LEAGUE

Kawasaki Frontale’s attack versus Cerezo Osaka’s defence: a must-watch six-pointer between the two top teams. And will the clash between Shimizu and Yokohama F.Marinos be a goal-fest?

Match-day 11 of Meiji Yasuda J1 League is taking place only a few days after the previous round, and features some big matches.

J1 League leaders Kawasaki Frontale have won the last nine matches, and this week they face the challenge coming from second-place Cerezo Osaka, who are chasing nine points behind. The former has scored the most goals in the league and the latter conceded the least goals: which of these factors will be decisive for victory? Moreover, rookies Kaoru Mitoma (Kawasaki) and Jun Nishikawa (C. Osaka) are on fire, adding thrill to the big match. Both teams are in fine form, and so 90 minutes of great football are to be expected.

Third-place Gamba Osaka host Urawa Reds. Since the home side’s match against Sagan Tosu scheduled for last weekend was postponed, it will be their first league match in 11 days. The imported duo formed by Ademilson and Patrick could play a decisive role. Visitors Urawa kept a clean sheet last week and picked up three points against Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Brazilian striker Leonardo is in great form, having scored five goals in the last four matches.

Fourth-place FC Tokyo will travel to Hiroshima after defeating Nagoya Grampus 1-0 on Saturday. The solid defense that kept a clean sheet in the last two matches could be a key factor. Sanfrecce Hiroshima were unable to score a goal despite having 20 shots against Urawa, and their fans are waiting for Leandro Pereira to end his five-game draught.

Fifth-place Nagoya Grampus will be away at Shonan Bellmare. They could not overcome FC Tokyo’s defense and lost 1-0 last Saturday. Their attackers are eager to deliver after failing to do so four days earlier. Shonan have lost the last four matches and sit at the bottom of the table. However, they showed great spirit in the second half against Yokohama FC, and that strong character could help them to turn their season around.

Vissel Kobe will meet Kashiwa Reysol at home. They failed to win the last two matches and drew with Kashima Antlers on Sunday, conceding an equalizer in the last minute. Improving the defense that gave away several goals in each of the last four matches will be an important theme. Meanwhile, Kashiwa suffered the first defeat in six matches last weekend, at the hands of Cerezo Osaka. Although Olunga is still in a great form, scoring in six consecutive matches, he might need more help from other attackers.

Yokohama FC meet Kashima Antlers this week after ending their five-match losing streak by comfortably topping Shonan Bellmare. Yusuke Matsuo, who impressed with his skillful dribbling and two goals, could be a key player this week as well. Kashima Antlers are undefeated for four matches and completely past their initial poor form. The performance of the rookie trio formed by Ryotaro Araki, Yuta Matsumura and Itsuki Someno deserves some attention.

There is a strong connection between Shimizu S-Pulse and Yokohama F.Marinos, as Shimizu boss Peter Cklamovski was an assistant coach at F.Marinos until last season. He is now trying to build a similar style of football at Shimizu. Yokohama F.Marinos are ahead in terms of maturity, but Shimizu are adapting to their new style of football and are unbeaten in five matches. As both managers know well the strength and weakness of their rival, it could be an exciting match, possibly with with a lot of goals.

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo will meet Oita Trinita at home. They were heavily defeated by Kawasaki on Saturday, which means they lost the last three matches, conceding a total of 12 goals — a problem that Petrovic needs to fix as soon as possible. Oita have secured the first win in the last seven matches by defeating Yokoahama F.Marinos. They will try to keep on with their solid defense and scoring goals from speedy counterattacks.

The match between Vegalta Sendai and Sagan Tosu is postponed due to several players and staff of the visitors testing positive for COVID-19.

 

J1 LEAGUE

Kawasaki Frontale score six in Sapporo to tie the J1 record of nine consecutive victories! Cerezo Osaka moves up to second place!

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 10 took place on the 15th and 16th of August. Table leaders Kawasaki defeated Consadole Sapporo, a victory that marked a remarkable record: nine consecutive victories.

Kawasaki took the lead in the 35th minute through a goal from Shintaro Kurumaya. Kaoru Mitoma then added a second in the 50th minute, Leandro Damião made it 3-0 in the 55th minute, and Kaoru Mitoma found the goal again in the 63rd minute. Despite the home side returning one goal in the 79th minute, Yu Kobayashi, scored two goals in quick succession that led Frontale to a 6-1 victory. Kawasaki solidified their lead and now count 28 points out of 30. 

Cerezo Osaka visited Kashiwa Reysol. Bruno Mendes found the net in the 5th minute, and the visitors were then helped by an own-goal in the 55th minute. Finally, rookie Jun Nishikawa scored the first goal of his career in the 87th minute. Despite top scorer Olunga pulling one back just before the final whistle, his 11th goal of the season in J1 was of little use, as Cerezo moved up to second place. FC Tokyo met Nagoya Grampus at home. The capital team grabbed the victory thanks to a goal from Leandro in the 33rd minute.

Urawa Reds defeated Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0 with a goal from Leonardo in the 5th minute. Oita Trinita topped Yokohama F.Marions at home, the goal from veteran Tatsuya Tanaka giving the victory to his team after a five games losing streak.

Yokohama FC hosted Shonan Bellmare. The home-side went on a goal-rush, scoring four in the first 20 minutes, starting with Yusuke Matsuo's double. Although they conceded two goals in the second half, they earned three points for the first time in seven games. On the other hand, Shonan, lost now four in a row, and still sit at the bottom of the table. Vegalta Sendai drew against Shimizu S-Pulse 0-0. Both teams failed to create scoring chances, and ended up with a scoreless draw. Sagan Tosu vs Gamba Osaka was canceled due to some at Sagan Tosu testing positive at COVID-19 exams.

Finally, Kashima Antlers hosted Vissel Kobe. They conceded a goal, scored by Dankler, but Everaldo equalized in the 38th minute. The away side took the lead again through a goal from Yuta Goke. However, in additional time, rookie Ryotaro Araki made it 2-2, with the first goal of his professional career.

 

J1 LEAGUE

Kawasaki Frontale travel to Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo to extend their eight-match winning streak. Can Cerezo Osaka’s defense stop Kashiwa Reysol’s goal-machine Olunga?

Eight games of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 10 will take place on August 15 and 16. The match between Sagan Tosu and Gamba Osaka has been postponed after several Tosu players and staff tested positive for COVID-19 (Tosu’s matches on Match-day 11 and 12 also have been postponed).

League leaders Kawasaki, who are on an eight-match winning streak, will travel to Sapporo this weekend. They have no apparent weakness either in defense or offence at the moment, and made a quick job of Oita Trinita, winning 2-0 effortlessly on the last matchday. The only concern for Kawasaki is that playmaker Ryota Oshima is suspended. Sapporo have lost the last two matches and need to improve their defence, since they conceded three goals in both fixtures.

The clash between fifth-place Kashiwa Reysol and third-place Cerezo Osaka is another big match. While the former boasts the second-best attacking record in the league, the latter has the best defense. Can Cerezo stop current top-scorer Olunga, who found the net in the last five matches?FC Tokyo and Nagoya Grampus are also in the title race, although the Tokyoites are losing steam as they failed to win any of their last four games. The attackers need to step up after the goalless performance last week. The final match of Sei Muroya, who will join German side Hannover, is something that FC Tokyo fans would not want to miss. Nagoya enjoyed a 6-2 win against Urawa Reds last week and are on high spirits, with Naoki Maeda on fire, after scoring four goals.

Urawa will try to bounce back against Sanfrecce Hiroshima at home. Manager Tsuyoshi Otsuki has a difficult task, as he needs to quickly fix the defensive flaws. Hiroshima are improving their form, winning the last two games and keeping clean sheets. Another solid performance is to be expected from Jofuku’s men.

Vegalta Sendai meet Shimizu S-Pulse at home, after ending a three-game losing streak by beating Vissel Kobe last week. Their attacking unit, featuring Shuhei Akasaki can play a decisive role. Shimizu also seem over their worst days, unbeaten now in four games and defeating Sapporo 3-1 last week. As their offence is also starting to work well, this fixture might produce a lot of goals.

Kashima Antlers host Vissel Kobe. The two consecutive wins for the home side show that the struggle that characterized their beginning of their season might be over, and Everaldo is leading the team, scoring five goals in the last three matches. Vissel Kobe are coming from losing a fierce match against Sendai. Conceding less goals will be essential to pick up more points for Iniesta and his team-mates.

Oita Trinita are struggling to end their losing five-match streak. Last week they were completely overwhelmed by Kawasaki, registering only one shot in 90 minutes. Although they are able to control possession, they need to show more hunger when getting near the opposition’s goal. Yokohama F.Marinos as well are not in their best form, but are showing some signs of improvement, especially in defense. Since they are having difficulty in finishing, the pressure is high on their strikers including Ado Onaiwu, who scored in the last match.

At the bottom of the table, 17th-place Yokohama FC will face 18th-place Shonan Bellmare. Koki Saito is displaying impressive performances and could be a key player to solve Yokohama’s finishing problem. Shonan also struggle due to poor attacking ability and lost their last three games. Not many goals are to be expected in this match, and the first team to find the net might take the whole three points.

 

J.LEAGUE News

Tochigi SC vs Ehime FC - Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on August 16th!

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

On August 16th, we will offer the match between Tochigi SC and Ehime FC, from Match-day 12 of the J2 League!

The home side Tochigi SC are now unbeaten in four matches and climbed up the table to ninth place. Their solid defense, that only conceded a goal in the last four matches, will be an important factor to seize three points! Ehime FC have not won in the last eight matches and lost the last three. However, since the defeats came by a narrow margin, they can snatch a positive result by show a stronger character, and by  keeping up their work rate until the end.

The kick-off is at 18:00 (Japan time) on Sunday, August 16th.

Click here to watch!
URL : https://youtu.be/hB33cpMeO8Y

*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan*

 

J.LEAGUE News

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE Omiya Ardija vs Avispa Fukuoka rescheduled

The 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE match between Omiya Ardija and Avispa Fukuoka, which was postponed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), has been rescheduled as follows.

■2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE

Sec. Date KO Fixture Venue TV/Internet
(in Japan)
9 Wednesday
16 September
19:00 Omiya
Ardija
vs Avispa
Fukuoka
NACK5.S DAZN

 

J.LEAGUE News

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE -3 matches of Sagan Tosu postponed-

J.LEAGUE has announced that the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE matches scheduled below will be postponed, following a few players and staff of Sagan Tosu tested positive for COVID-19. The league and the club will work under guidance of the administrative authority to prevent further spread of the virus and matches of Tosu will be not be held until safety is secured. Further details of the matches postponed will be announced when determined.

■Matches postponed
2020 J.LEAGUE MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE Sec. 10-12

Date KO Fixture Venue
Saturday
15 August
19:00 Sagan Tosu vs Gamba Osaka EKI.S
Wednesday
19 August
19:30 Vegalta Sendai vs Sagan Tosu Yurtec.S
Sunday
23 August
18:00 Sagan Tosu vs Hokkaido
Consadole Sapporo
EKI.S

 

J.LEAGUE News

2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP -Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Sagan Tosu cancelled and Group C final positions-

The 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP match between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Sagan Tosu, which was postponed, will not be held in an alternative date and is cancelled, following the decision of Sagan Tosu to stop their top team operation until Tuesday 25 August after a few of their players and staff were confirmed positive for COVID-19. The final positions of the Group Stage Group C are as follows.

■2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage
Group C Table

Position Club Points Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
1 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 7 3 2 1 0 6 2 4
2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4 2 1 0 1 3 2 1
3 Yokohama FC 4 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1
4 Sagan Tosu 1 2 0 0 2 0 4 -4

*Following the regulations of the tournament, Hiroshima and Sagan Tosu are each given 1 point.

●Match cancelled
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage Sec. 3

Date KO Fixture Venue
Wednesday
12 August
19:00 Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Sagan Tosu EDION Stadium.H

 

League Cup

2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Prime Stage: Quarter-final fixtures

The fixtures for the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Prime Stage quarter-final will be as follows.

The Prime Stage will start with 8 teams, including the 3 teams participating in the AFC Champions League (Yokohama F・Marinos, Vissel Kobe and F.C. Tokyo), and will be played in a knockout format.

■2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Prime Stage

※Home: team on the left

●Quarter-Final Schedule

Date KO Fixture Venue
Wednesday
2 September
19:00 Hokkaido
Consadole Sapporo
vs Yokohama
F・Marinos
Atsubetsu
19:00 Cerezo Osaka vs Kashiwa Reysol YANMAR STADIUM
19:00 Vissel Kobe vs Kawasaki Frontale NOEVIR.S
19:00 F.C. Tokyo vs Nagoya Grampus Ajinomoto


●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 level then the winner is decided by penalty kicks. 

 

League Cup

Five teams advance to the Prime Stage. Nagoya Grampus and Kawasaki Frontale top their group stage and qualify after sharing points.

J.League YBC Levain Cup Round 3, final match-day of the group stage, took place on the 12th of August, and five teams qualified to the next stage.

In Group A, Nagoya Grampus met Kawasaki Frontale, after both teams had won their two previous games. In the 1st minute, Nagoya took the lead with a goal from Yuki Soma. In the 6th minute, Kaoru Mitoma hd already equalized, but only one minute later, the home side added another with Gabriel Xavier's. However, Kaoru Mitoma found the net again and made it 2-2 In the 38th minute. In the second half, no goals were scored and the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Both earned seven points, but Kawasaki, which scored more goals than Nagoya over the three games, won the group. However, Grampus as well qualified to the Prime Stage as best of the second classified teams. The other game in Group A featured Shimizu S-Pulse and Kashima Antlers. High School fresh graduates, Itsuki Someno and Yuta Matsumura scored the first goals of their career and led Kashima to  a 3-2 victory.

In Group B, Cerezo Osaka, traveled to Vegalta Sendai and triumphed 3-0 with striker Yoichiro Kakitani scoring the opener. The Kansai team won all three games and advanced to the Prime Stage.

In Group C, the match between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Sagan Tosu was postponed as some of Sagan Totsu players might have tested positive to corona virus. Consadole Sapporo hosted Yokohama FC and took the lead through a goal from Anderson Lopes in the 49th minute. Although, they conceded in the 57 minutes the game ended on a  1-1 score, enough for the Hokkaido team to guarantee seven points and qualification.

In Group D, Kashiwa Reysol, who were already qualified, topped 3-1 Oita Trinita with a double from Kengo Kitazume. In the other match, Gamba Osaka defeated Shonan Bellmare with two goals from teenager Shoji Toyama.

 

League Cup

2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP -Kawasaki Frontale, Cerezo Osaka, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and Nagoya Grampus qualify to the Prime Stage-

Following the results of the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage (3rd sec.) held today, Kawasaki Frontale, Cerezo Osaka, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and Nagoya Grampus will qualify to the Prime Stage.

An open draw for the Prime Stage Quarterfinals will take place tomorrow at 17:00 JST. 

■2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage Tables

Group A

Position Club Points Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
1 Kawsaki Frontale※ 7 3 2 1 0 10 5 +5
2 Nagoya Grampus※ 7 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4
3 Kashima Antlers 3 3 1 0 2 5 6 -1
4 Shimizu S-Pulse 0 3 0 0 3 3 11 -8


Group B

Position Club Points Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
1 Cerezo Osaka 9 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7
2 Urawa Reds 6 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2
3 Vegalta Sendai 3 2 0 0 2 2 8 -6
4 Matsumoto Yamaga F.C. 0 1 0 0 1 1 4 -3

* Matsumoto does not play from sec. 2 and the group is made up of 3 teams. Sendai and Urawa will be given 3 points after 3rd sec.

Group C (TBD*)

Position Club Points Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
1 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 7 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4
2 Yokohama FC 4 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1
3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
4 Sagan Tosu 0 2 0 0 2 0 4 -4

*Final positions will be fixed after the handling of the match between Hiroshima and Tosu is determined.

Group D

Position Club Points Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
1 Kashiwa Reysol※ 9 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4
2 Gamba Osaka 4 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
3 Shonan Bellmare 3 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1
4 Oita Trinita 1 3 0 1 2 2 5 -3

※qualify to the Prime Stage

■Open draw for the Prime Stage Quarter-finals

●Date
17:00-18:00 Thursday 13 August 2020

●Available on live through “J.LEAGUE TV” J.LEAGUE Official YouTube Channel (in Japanese)
URL:https://youtu.be/vsarBx-e7M4

■Prime Stage

●Schedule
Quarter-final: Wednesday 2 September
Semi-final: Wednesday 7 October
Final: Saturday 7 November

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

 

J.LEAGUE News

2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Sagan Tosu postponed

J.LEAGUE has announced that the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP match between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Sagan Tosu, scheduled for Wednesday 12 August 2020 at 19:00 JST, has been postponed after cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed in Sagan Tosu.

■Match postponed
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage Sec. 3

Date KO Fixture Venue
Wednesday
12 August
19:00 Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Sagan Tosu EDION Stadium.H

 

J.LEAGUE News

V-Varen Nagasaki vs Thespakusatsu Gunma - Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube channel on August 12th!

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

On this Wednesday, we will broadcast a game from Match-day 11 of the J2 League, V-Varen Nagasaki vs Thespakusatsu Gunma!

In the previous match, the home side Nagasaki lost for the first time in the season. The table leaders might need some adjustment at the back, after conceding three goals against Vortis Tokushima. Gunma were defeated by Giravanz Kitakyushu in the previous game, and could not escape from the bottom of the table. What an upset if the visitors, led by their striker Genki Omae, could defeat the table leaders!

The kick-off is at 19:00 (Japan time) on Wednesday, August 12th.

Click here to watch!
https://youtu.be/Wv4IJkI7ynI

*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan*

 

League Cup

Here comes the final match-day of the J.League YBC Levain Cup group stage, featuring the clash between undefeated Nagoya and Kawasaki in Group A

Match-day 3 of the J.League YBC Levain Cup will take place on August 12. Due to the change of regulations, this has become the final day of the group stage to decide the five teams that will join the three ACL participants in the Prime Stage.

In Group A, both Nagoya Grampus and Kawasaki Frontale won the first two matches and the game between them will decide the winners. They each scored three goals in the previous match-day and had a comfortable win in the latest league match as well. Since they are both in a fine form, we can expect some exciting 90 minutes. Shimizu S-Pulse and Kashima Antlers are already eliminated, but both are showing signs of improvement. The performance of their talented youngsters could be an interesting element in this match. 

Group B sees only three teams, as J2 side Matsumoto Yamaga dropped out of the competition. Cerezo Osaka have six points and can quality for the Prime Stage with a victory or a draw, but if Vegalta Sendai win, three teams including Urawa Reds will have six points (three points will be added to Urawa and Sendai, who didn’t play against Matsumoto). In this case, head-to-head points and goal difference will be the tie-breaker. While Sendai need several goals, as they suffered a heavy defeat against Urawa, Cerezo might opt for a cautious game conduct, considering how a draw would be enough for them.

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo have an advantage in Group C after winning the first two matches. They can qualify if they add at least a point against Yokohama FC in this match, but they probably will play anyway their aggressive brand of football. Yokohama FC are in need of many goals, in addition to three points, to improve their goal difference. Sanfrecce Hiroshima need to beat Sagan Tosu and hope for Sapporo’s defeat to qualify for the next round. Since the best second-place team can also join the Prime Stage, adding three points with as many goals as possible could prove crucial.

Kashiwa Reysol in Group D have already qualified for the next stage, and only Shonan Bellmare have a chance of becoming the best second-place team. Since Shonan are struggling at the bottom of the table in the league, they surely hope to defeat Gamba Osaka to get in a positive mood. The match between Kashiwa Reysol and Oita Trinita will not affect the end result of the group, but it could be a great opportunity for both teams to try new things ahead of the next league fixture. 

 

J1 LEAGUE

Unstoppable Kawasaki Frontale seize eight straight victory. Nagoya Grampus win big thanks to four goals by Naoki Maeda.

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match-day 9 took place on August 18th and 19th. Table leaders Kawasaki Frontale defeated Oita Trinita, and nailed their eight consecutive victory.

Kawasaki took the lead through two goals from Kaoru Mitoma and Leandro Damião, scored in the 5th and the 24th minute. Though they could not add any, they easily controlled the game and won it 2-0. Kawasaki have 25 points out of 27, while Oita have now lost five in a row.

Gamba Osaka hosted Yokohama FC. The home side got the first goal of the match, courtesy of Ademilson in the 34th minute. They then conceded, but Patrick won it for Gamba with a dramatic goal in the additional time, meaning the Osakans are in second place. Nagoya Grampus produced a raging goal-rush against Urawa Reds. Naoki Maeda played the leading role, scoring his first in the 9th minute and adding one only a minute later. In the 38th minute he claimed a hat-trick, and he even added another in the second half. The final score was a thunderous 6-2.

Kashiwa Reysol traveled to Yokohama F.Marinos and their top-scorer Olunga struck in the 62nd minute. However, the away side conceded in the 78th minute, the match ended in a 1-1 draw, and Reysol winning streak stopped at four. Vegalta Sendai won at Vissel Kobe, their first 3-pointer in seven games.

Shimizu S-Pulse, hosted Consadole Sapporo. Shota Kaneko found the net at the end of the first half. The home side conceded an equalizer, but Renato Augusto made it 2-1 in the 85th minute and in additional time Carlinhos Júnio added another. Kashima Antlers defeated Sagan Tosu 2-0 through two goals scored by Ryuji Izumi and Everaldo. It was the first time in the season that Antlers managed two wins in a row.

The big clash between Cerezo Osaka and FC Tokyo ended in a scoreless draw, with both teams creating only few chances. Sanfrecce Hiroshima met Shonan Bellmare at home and prevailed, thanks to Yuya Asano scoring the winner. They won two in a row, and moved up to 8th place. The visitors lost they third in a row and could not escape from the bottom of the table.