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J-League Round 27 Wrap-Up: Sanfrecce pull close with Sato wonder-goal

J-League Round 27 Wrap-Up: Sanfrecce pull close with Sato wonder-goal

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As the veteran kept his team in the running to defend their league title, FC Tokyo's Lucas scored a hat-trick and the race to avoid relegation showed signs of heating up


J-League Division 1

Round 27

VEGALTA SENDAI
0 0 YOKOHAMA F. MARINOS
Marinos were denied a chance to maintain their pace by a feisty Vegalta defence. Neither team was able to gain a definite advantage over the course of the match, with both sides limited to five shots each. Marinos did manage to create more set plays (five corner kicks to Veglata's one), but all were safely managed. The league leaders surely missed attackers Manabu Saito and Marquinhos, but Vegalta manager (and reported U-23 coaching candidate) Makoto Teguramori's substitutions managed to keep the scales from tipping in the visitors' favor despite many great chances provided by captain Shunsuke Nakamura.

SHIMIZU S-PULSE
2 1 VENTFORET KOFU
A Genki Omae brace was enough for S-Pulse to overcome a first-minute goal by Ventforet's Patrick in the Fuji-san Derby. The Brazilian's quick header gave relegation-threatened Ventforet an early lead, but a defensive error allowed former Dusseldorf man Omae to equalize with a low grounder from outside the area in the 14th minute. On the other side of halftime, Patrick was denied a second goal through a questionable off-side call, leading the way for Omae to score the game-winner in the 57th minute and give S-Pulse their fourth win in five games. 15th-placed Ventforet now sit five points above the drop zone and have an important fixture next weekend against league-leading Marinos.

KASHIWA REYSOL
1 1 ALBIREX NIIGATA
Just three days removed from an embarassing loss at the hands of Guangzhou Evergrande in the AFC Champions League semi-finals, Reysol struggled against a physical Albirex side that saw five yellow cards over the course of the match. The lone goals of the game came from Albirex striker Kengo Kawamata in the 32nd minute and Reyosl's Brazilian weapon Cleo, who equalized in the 65th minute. The result prevented Albirex from reaching the upper half of the table, while Reysol are looking shaky ahead of their away leg at Guangzhou on October 2.

SAGAN TOSU
0 2 SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA
Sanfrecce captain Hisato Sato's 23rd-minute goal was enough to give Sanfrecce the lead for good with what was arguably the most fantastic shot of the weekend. The reigning league MVP sent a half-volley from outside the corner of the penalty area into the upper far side corner, wowing supporters on both ends of the stadium. A second-half PK by Gakuto Notsuda was added insurance for the Purple Archers, who narrowed the gap between them and Marinos to just two points. With the loss, 14th-place Sagan find themselves an uncomfortable nine points from the drop zone with just seven rounds left on the season.

KASHIMA ANTLERS 3 1 OITA TRINITA
A scoreless first half may not have excited supporters that much, but they would get their fill in the last 45 minutes with four goals in total. Last-place Oita struck first through Yasuhito Morishima's 52nd-minute effort, but Antlers needed just eight minutes to steal back the lead through Yasushi Endo's double in the 55th and 60th minutes. A late Davi goal served as insurance for Antlers, who in fourth place are in contention for an ACL spot. Oita supporters earned what appears to be a temporary reprieve from relegation Ventforet Kofu's loss, but saw their 'magic' number dwindle to two points.

SHONAN BELLMARE
2 2 URAWA REDS
A wild back-and-forth at Hiratsuka Stadium saw both sides walk away with a point - and perhaps no shortage of hurt feelings. Tomoaki Makino's 18th-minute goal opened scoring for the Reds, who held the lead for nearly an hour until Wellington's penalty kick brought the hosts even. A fine header six minutes later by Wataru Endo gave Shonan a 2-1 lead, but after midfielder Yohei Otake earned a second yellow in the 89th minute, Reds pressed the man advantage and secured an additional time miracle goal courtesy of Yohei Kashiwagi.

CEREZO OSAKA
2 0 JUBILO IWATA
The once-proud Jubilo Iwata saw their hopes for avoiding relegation slip further away in their 2-0 loss at Cerezo Osaka. After being held scoreless in the first half, the hosts broke the deadlock just one minute into the second half courtesy of Yoichiro Kakitani. Defender Tatsuya Yamashita doubled their lead just 11 minutes later and the Sakura never looked back. Despite the win, Cerezo were overtaken for fifth place by FC Tokyo via tiebreaker but remain four points behind Urawa Reds for an ACL spot. Meanwhile, Jubilo are 10 points from safety.

NAGOYA GRAMPUS
1 2 KAWASAKI FRONTALE
ACL contenders Frontale were able to recover from last week's loss to Sagan Tosu with a convincing win on the road at the struggling Orcas. Yoshito Okubo's clever run culminated in a hearty left-footed strike to give Frontale the lead in the 33rd minute. Kentaro Moriya doubled the lead for the visitors in the 84th minute with his first goal for the club. Grampus pressed forward and earned a late consolation goal courtesy of one-time Japan international Hayuma Tanaka, but it was not enough to prevent the 2010 league champions from dropping to 13th place.


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